10. Allowing Bryan Singer to Fully Explore 'X-Men's Metaphors
Let's just pretend, for a moment, that the current unpleasantness surrounding Singer doesn't exist (it's tough, we know), so we can appreciate the job he's done directing three of the seven X-Men films. The first two, X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003), fully embraced the metaphor of the mutants as people different from other humans and shunned from society — a direct comparison to the gay experience in America. The subtext made these superhero films richer and more powerful, just as the comics were when they first came out in the Civil Rights era.