'X-Men 3' was the most disappointing installment of the entire franchise to date, with the exception of, perhaps, 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine.' Director Bryan Singer, who helmed both 'X-Men' and 'X2,' was onboard 'The Last Stand' but dropped out right before production began so he could direct 'Superman Returns' instead. (Great choice, right?) This allowed Brett Ratner to step in and totally obliterate 'The Dark Phoenix Saga,' the comic book arc that served as the basis for the film.

Now, more than eight years after 'X-Men 3' hit theaters, new concept art has leaked online to show us what we could've got if Singer were at the helm.

As revealed by Universo X-Men (with a hat tip to CBM), the 'X-Men 3' concept art still maintain's the devastation and scope of Jean Grey's (Famke Janssen) transmogrification into the Dark Phoenix, but does away with her possessed black eyes and veiny physique. Instead, Singer's look adopts something more similar to what we saw briefly in 'X2' when Jean, glimmering with cosmic flames, uses her newfound power boost to block the charging dam water from crushing the X-Men.

I know it's been a long time since 'The Last Stand,' and I should just move on, but as a huge fan of Jean Grey and 'The Dark Phoenix Saga,' this is one aspect of the movies that has haunted me. And Singer turning out an incredible work in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' makes me crave his take on 'X-Men 3' even more. At least he'll be back for 'X-Men: Apocalypse.'