When the X-Men comic first came out it was about the trials of puberty. Stan Lee made sure that we understood that these where kids. The mutant changes represented the changes that one goes through in puberty. Everyone seems ostricized durring that stage in life and Lee wanted them to see that they are not alone.
Then came the "Giant Sized" X-Men of the 80's. It became a racial and international comic. There where mutants from the U.S., Canada (Wolverine), Africa (Storm), U.S.S.R (Collosus), North East Europe (Nightcrawler) The British Iles (Banshee)...
In the 90's it became a "throw as many mutants as possible into four books. And Jim Lee did his job of doing just that.
Then in the late 90's and the 2000's it's become a parrallel with gay rights. The idea that mutants are everywhere, that you can not always tell who is a mutant. (not every "faggot" wears a frock) All of these are themes also used by the gay community. Especially now with the Bush administration trying to limit and even expel the God given rights from the gay community the X-Men seems to be an outlet for gay teens and tweens everywhere.
Brian Singer (being openly gay) knew that. And he brought his own perspective to the X-Men franchise. The best part is that it went all over the homophobes heads. But I never in a million years would have thought that Babby Drake's "coming out" scene would have touched me as much as it did.
The first time I saw X-2 tears where coming down my face when Bobby's parents asked him the same thing my parents asked me not so long ago... "How long have you known you where a mutant?" "Have you ever tried NOT being a mutant?" Give me one example other than being queer that one would have to face those questions? "Have you ever tried NOT being _______? " That's what I thought.
But X-3 didn't have any of this in it. It had the potential to bring this "cure" into the spotlight. It could have been an analogy for the "ex-gays" an organization that actually claims to CURE gay people, but has been proven time and again to not work... or only be temporary (the co-founder is now inhabiting with another man).
They could have shown how the United States at one point tried to pass a bill that stated that two mutants should not be able to marry because their children would inevitably be a mutant. (A case that doesn't actually work as Mystique and SabreTooth's son Graydon Creed is a human and founder of an Anti- Mutant malitia.) This would have been ideal seeing the current state of affairs in the U.S.
But they didn't. Brett Ratner brought to the screen what could only be a "comic book movie". Think Punisher, Hulk, Fantastic Four, or the Batman and Robin. It seems that Ratner went the rout of Jim Lee in the 90's. Cool battle scenes chock full of mutant mayham, but no substance. (btw I love Jim Lee's artwork... but the story lines then left much to be desired.)