There has been a ton of news regarding Bryan Singer's return to the director's chair in the "X-Men" franchise in the past few months. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is shaping up to be one of the biggest superhero films of the year as its May 23 release will likely kick off the summer blockbuster season. From a personal standpoint though, it's difficult to determine if the film will be a worthwhile sequel to the exceptional "X-Men: First Class."
Its cast is unrealistically stacked with stars and the film is based on one of the most well-known stories from the comics, but Bryan Singer's track record since leaving the comic book franchise has been sketchy at best. Could "X-Men: Days of Future Past" be like finding a jaw-breaking piece of gristle in the middle of a mouth watering steak? We're still two months away from its release, but in the meantime you can judge for yourself with some of the news that's trickled in over the past eight months.
- The viral campaign for the film was launched during the San Diego Comic-Con last year giving us another look at the Sentinels and a Trask Industries "for the future of mankind" video. Trask-Industries.com launched as well. A very short video of Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask began making the rounds along with blueprints for the Sentinels themselves.
- Bryan Singer commented on the film's time frame and created a new term to describe the film:
“It takes place about ten years, give or take, after X-Men 3; and in the past it takes place about ten years after First Class. I’d say it’s not a sequel to one of the others. It’s an inbetwequel — that’s what I call it, for lack of a better word.”
The past portion of the film will take place in the 1970s and Singer revealed the state of mind of both Professor X and Magneto at the beginning of the film:
“Charles is in a very dark hole when we meet him, and Erik has been gathering his power.”
- Singer has kept his Twitter account up to date with behind the scenes images from the film including one of what looks like a young Mystique using her acrobatic skills for the first time on screen, a full-size Sentinel on set, and filming at 3600 frames per second to capture Quicksilver's movements.
- Similar to what Marvel has been doing over the years and what Sony has planned with "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise, Mark Millar revealed that he believes 20th Century Fox is "sitting on a gold mine" with the rights to the X-Men and that "a good five to ten golden properties" will begin to take shape. Next to "Wolverine," "X-Force," and "Deadpool," what else could be on the horizon?
- Cyclops won't be returning after all.
- At The Fantasia International Film Festival, Singer revealed his thought process on bringing back Charles Xavier despite the character dying in "X-Men: The Last Stand." Singer said that, "he [Xavier] transferred his consciousness and could possibly construct a body around that consciousness.”
- Matthew Vaughn, director of "X-Men: First Class" revealed that he didn't return for "X-Men: Days of Future Past" because "it didn't excite [him] enough."
- Writer Simon Kinberg originally had Juggernaut in the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" script. Once SInger was brought on board, he swapped Juggernaut for Quicksilver.
- 20th Century Fox announced that "X-Men: Apocalypse" would be released two years after "X-Men: Days of Future Past" as it already has a May 27, 2016 release with Singer back as director once again. Singer confirmed that none of the characters from the original trilogy will be back for "Apocalypse." Regarding the story of "Apocalypse," this is what Singer had to say:
"What would people thousands of years ago, without the benefit of science, think mutants were? And more importantly, what would mutants thousands of years ago think they were? Gods? Titans? Angels? Demons? If such mutants did exist thousands of years ago, what became of them? Did one survive?"
- Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play Quicksilver in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and Evan Peters will play the character in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Quicksilver's relation to Magneto can't be mentioned in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" since Fox owns the rights and it was thought that Quicksilver's mutant sister Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen in "Avengers: Age of Ultron") wouldn't appear in "Days of Future Past," but an image from the film shows Quicksilver with a young girl that is presumably his sister.
"Trask is, ultimately, a peace lover. He feels that humanity will go on fighting each other unless they find some common element to unite against," said the director. "Perhaps as Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat to bond the darker parts of Europe, he's doing the same thing with mutants."
But Peter Dinklage countered that statement:
"Trask is, ultimately, a peace lover. He feels that humanity will go on fighting each other unless they find some common element to unite against. Perhaps as Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat to bond the darker parts of Europe, he's doing the same thing with mutants."
- Beast can control his appearance in the film as he only appears blue and furry when he loses his temper. The Incredible Hulk is not amused.
- After Singer revealed that Anna Paquin was almost completely cut out of the film, now comes word that it looks like the same thing may have happened with Halle Berry. Since Berry was pregnant during the time of shooting this isn't too surprising. Considering the massive cast, it's pretty obvious that certain characters will have little screen time unless the film was four hours or longer. Berry originally stated that the film would reveal a surprising secret about Storm, but is it still in the film?
- "The Wolverine" director James Mangold revealed via Twitter that he'd be returning to direct a third solo Wolverine film sometime after "X-Men: Apocalypse." Whether or not Hugh Jackman will return as Wolverine is still up in the air.
Sources: worstpreviews.com, craveonline.com, superherohype.com, cinemablend.com, comingsoon.net, cosmicbooknews.com