Examining "Rebirth's" Treatment of Legacy & Promise of a Less "Grimdark" DC Universe
Bryan Singer has quite a challenge in front of him. Not only is he returning to the X-Men movie universe he helped to create, but he’s also dealing with a franchise that’s been damaged in the eyes of many by films like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: The Last Strand. As he’s said plenty of time before, though, he’s not going to sweep anything under the rug, but instead use the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past to help clean up the mess.
When asked in a new interview with IGN.com whether the 2014 sequel would give him “the opportunity to revisit things that happened in the third film in terms of characters and endings that you might like to see changed,” Singer interpreted that as “fix shit,” explaining, “There’s going to be a little of that, a few things I can repair.”
He was tight-lipped about what those things might be, and about the potential return of James Marsden as Cyclops and Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, but he did shoot down rumors that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage would be using motion-capture in his mysterious, and presumably villainous, role.
“He’s not going to be a CGI character,” he said. “He’ll be himself. Not that he’ll be playing Peter Dinklage, he’ll be playing this character. It’s not a shy character. He’s just such a phenomenal actor; I’m a huge fan of Peter’s and Game of Thrones. He was my first choice and I was really happy [about the casting]. It’s so funny to talk to him because he does that impeccable accent [on Game of Thrones] and then you talk to him and he’s this guy from New Jersey.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Holt, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore. It opens July 18, 2014.