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Bryan Singer Analyzes ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer

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Following the Wednesday premiere of the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer provided Empire with director’s commentary, going through the teaser scene by scene. Here are some of the highlights:

Unlike in the original comic story, which put Kitty Pryde in the spotlight, the Fox sequel has Wolverine traveling into the past to save the future. Still, Singer made nods to the comic. “The gray in the hair is something I took from X-Men Days Of Future Past, it’s a look in the comic,” the director said. “I liked it, even though he hasn’t really aged physically it’s something that shows how tough things have gotten in the future, and brought that out in him and given him a little more world-weariness.” He also told Empire that Wolverine was chosen as the character to go back in time because his healing factor would help him survive the process.

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After saying that Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) are “an item” in this movie and giving no details about Anna Paquin’s Rogue, Singer spoke about the mutants in the future: “They’re on the run. There’s no organization. It’s all been shattered. Most of them have been hunted down. Most of them are dead.”

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Talking about the scene with Colossus, Singer note the special effects haven’t been added in yet, hence the character’s non-shiny appearance. However, later when you see Wolverine in action in the past, note that his claws are not meant to be adamantium. “He doesn’t have his metal yet in 1973,” Singer said.

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Singer ended by talking about that last scene with the two Xaviers looking at each other. “It’s an abstract scene, without giving away its origin and how it happens,” he said. “It’s a trippy scene, it has a bit of 70s style in it and the entire scene involved a lot of interesting practical photography using mirrors and other things. It was fun to shoot, and it was great to get the two actors together.” He finished by saying that seeing McAvoy and Stewart together gave him goosebumps. “I’ve got a picture on my iPhone of the two of them talking to each other,” he said. “These moments need to be photographed.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 23, 2014.


  • AirDave

    I liked X-Men: First Class. This sequel should be pretty EPIC!

  • kego

    Kind of interesting, but the future looks too clean, and looks too much like it is on a stage. The scene of Halle Berry flying looks like a shot done in a 70’s TV show of someone flying. The future needs to look dark, and the characters need to look desperate, like they are hiding in sewers….at least as far as the source material.

    Seeing McAvoy and Fassbinder reprise their roles is what has my interest.

  • Victor Carballo

    Certainly the soul of the movie will be Captain Picard.

    Patrick Stewarts pleading voice, and James McAvoy´s denial voice are really heart shattering.

    But it seems also a missing opportunity. It could´ve been an Ellen Page centric movie. This is originally Kitty Pryde´s story and the changing of focus would only benefit everyone.
    Still, i have faith in this movie.

  • Mike

    Why is Bryan Singer analyzing the trailer? How often do we see that? The movie is still 6 months away from being shown and the producer is already trying to pump up a teaser trailer? My hopes for this movie are dying with each passing instance of hype of the movie.

  • DarthTigris

    So is that statement about the adamantium claws in the past him acknowledging a mistake in the trailer? That seems strange to have that as a prop/effect in the scene when he’s acknowledging that he isn’t supposed to have the metal yet..

    Man … I hope this doesn’t have unacceptable continuity mistakes like the movies since X2 have had (though I can’t remember any in The Wolverine …).

  • leewurf

    Thought this looked a bit “fan-made” to start with, especially with that background music (which I love by the way) which has been used so many times before. I’m looking forward to it though.

  • WarrenWII

    totally agree, not giving Ellen Page the deserved spotlight is a huge and sad mistake. Why is that hard for the studio and filmakers to believe in the other characters/actors?

    Repeating the tired formula wont help the franchise ever. They have to BELIEVE in the other X-Men, its a beloved universe for a reason, and its because its an ensemble, with awesome characters, not just because there is a mutant with claws, you know?