Director Brett Ratner has blasted comic book fans who criticised X-Men: THE LAST STAND and laughed off his reputation as the "geek's Anti-Christ".
Die-hard fans of the Marvel series were sceptical when Ratner was chosen to replace Bryan Singer at the franchise's helm, and they were equally critical of his end product.
But Ratner refused to be rattled by the negativity, and takes solace from the fact the critics still paid to see the 2006 movie - making it the highest grossing X-Men movie in the trilogy.
He tells, "You can't make these people happy. I'm kind of the Anti-Christ to these comic book geeks. Every single person that wrote (sic) s**t went to see that movie multiple times because a movie doesn't gross $200 something million unless people go to see it more than once. Every single person who said, 'I'm never seeing that movie,' they were the first ones there.
"What are they concerned about? It's out of the filmmaker's hands. A film is a collaborative effort. How's a person sitting at home going to worry about how a movie is going to turn out to be? I just know one thing: mine outgrossed the other two by far. Mine was the one that made the most narrative sense. And I'm not knocking Bryan's movie but he just does a certain thing; Bryan uses his brain and I use my eye and my instincts more. It's a whole different approach to making a movie. I'm not saying my movie wasn't smart; I just wasn't intellectualising it. I was just looking at it as pure entertainment value which is what it was."
And Ratner is adamant he helped to revive the series and make it more popular than ever: "The most ridiculous statement I've read is - and of course I looked at the internet after the movie came out - that I buried the franchise. If I buried the franchise how the f**k did they make a Wolverine (spin-off)? I mean, that's ridiculous. And they're making three other f**king X-Men movies. Mine kept the franchise alive!"