Bryan Singer Talks ‘X-Men 3′ & Fixing ‘A Few Things’ With ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

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Wolverine Sentinel Head Art Bryan Singer Talks X Men 3 & Fixing A Few Things With X Men: Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer left Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men: The Last Stand just before production began so he could direct Superman Returns for Warner Bros., and what came of X-Men 3 was something critics and fans didn’t find as praiseworthy as its predecessors. The studio, with the help of X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner, brought Singer back to helm a quasi-reboot/prequel in X-Men: First Class after X-Men Origins: Wolverine was also poorly received (critically), but he had to take a producer role due to his other obligations.

With its sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Singer is hopping back into the director’s chair once again to not only work with the team behind X-Men: First Class but to craft what could be also considered X-Men 4, or dare I say it, another (read: his own) take on X-Men 3.

Speaking with Bleeding Cool recently, Bryan Singer was directly asked about whether or not he’d consider introducing a character such as the villainous and incredibly powerful Apocalypse into the X-Men film universe, and he awkwardly dodged the topic, giving rise to more speculation and theories on just how big the scale and scope of X-Men: Days of Future Past really is.

The rest of that interview has since been published and includes Singer addressing the visual style(s) of the film, his thoughts on X-Men: The Last Stand, and how he’ll use the time travel plot device to rectify some of the continuity errors the franchise has become infamously known for since Singer left after X-Men 2.

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Singer’s latest project, Jack the Giant Slayer, is currently in theaters and knowing that the giant, mutant-hunting robots known as the Sentinels will play a part in Days of Future Past, it would seem that Singer now has experience on directing and crafting action set pieces with characters of vastly differing sizes.

“I might have use for some of Jack the Giant Slayer’s motion capture techniques [in Days of Future Past.] I don’t want to say how because that would give away what’s going to be in the movie, but I’ll be using that and perhaps simulcam technology for certain things. And I will be shooting stereo, true stereo.”

Singer’s secrecy on how he’d use motion capture techniques – when the Sentinels have been namedropped by Fox’s Marvel movie consultant Mark Millar on multiple occasions – may lend more credence to the possibility that Apocalypse is in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Singer continues, explaining that cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel (The Usual Suspects, Jack the Giant Slayer) will be shooting each time period in the film with a different style, and that he wants the entire movie to have its own “specific look.”

“There are parts of X-Men 3… it isn’t what I would have done, but parts of it, I liked. Ellen Page was something I liked in X-Men 3 and I’m bringing her to Days of Future Past. Certain things are different. There was a lot going on in it and I wasn’t so happy with so many people dying, but then there were some really sweet moments with that kid, the cure kid.”

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In addition to the next X-Men team-up seeing the return of so many franchise faces, from both the First Class prequel and the original trilogy, the most exciting and intriguing element of Days of Future Past is how it will justify the two sets of characters coming together using time travel. It not only serves as a device to bridge the gaps between the existing films, but it can be used to rectify some of the more notable continuity issues (see: X-Men Origins: Wolverine) or character arc missteps (see: X-Men: The Last Stand).

“I said I’ll ‘fix a few things’ [with Days of Future Past]. It won’t be its primary function but there will be some fixing. It’s a really cool story, and incidentally, it facilitates all of these characters. They weren’t just thrown in there. And they all play a fun role.”

With principal photography beginning in Montreal next month, the actors have finally begun receiving Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: Days of Future Past screenplay, a script the cast didn’t even need to read before agreeing to return. James McAvoy, while promoting Trance, confirmed to IAR that he now has the latest draft and has read it.

“It’s great. It’s really good and strong. I think fans will love it. I think people who have never seen any of the X-Men films before are going to be really into it. I think it’s satisfying and giving people what they want, while at the same time being challenging and giving them something different, new, and unexpected.”

Are you optimistic about X-Men: Days of Future Past?

Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart and Fan Bingbing, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore.

The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18, 2014 and Fantastic Four on March 6, 2015.

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  1. I really hope we see finally gambit,we have 5 x men movies, and we didn’t saw gambit yet

    • See X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

    • @namik-He was in X-Men Origins:Wolverine

    • Im guessing you didnt see Xmen Origins : Wolverine, huh?

      • I think it just proves the point, that it was a terrible, forgettable movie.

        • OMG ! I swear to God I forgot that he was in origins, and i saw that movie twice…holly s***…somehow i mad right now, because i remembered that the really fkcd up gambit in origins…so no gambit i this x men movie, shame

    • If you mean the Ragin’ Cajun, you’re right, and they haven’t delivered him yet.

  2. I think this could be the best X-Men yet looking forward to it

  3. I have high hopes for this film. I believe Singer will deliver something great!

  4. I don’t know about this. I think it’ll be Jack the Giant Slayer all over again. The opening had the worst CGI I’ve seen all year!

  5. Im really excited to see how the whole time travel mechanic is handled in this film. Im also excited to see the Sentinels in action finally and if Apocalypse makes an appearance, it will be epic.

    • Beyond epic.

    • Too bad apocalypse doesnt have anything to do with the DOFP story

      • they could always integrate him into the story like they did in the tv show Wolverine and The X-men to set up an Age of Apocalypse story.

        • Age of Apocalypse would not translate well on screen and definitely not with this production team.

  6. I’m highly excited for this next installment, I’m a very big X-Men fan. A lot of people are making up stupid reasons on why this movie will suck. I think Singer will deliver.

    • I think singer will create something good but underwhelming.

    • They are just sharing their opinion just like you continuously share your hatred for the new Man of Steel movie. 😉

  7. X-Men 3 and Wolverine:Origins were not great movies, but how come all these articles focus only on those films continuity errors? Singer and Vaughn’s First Class was just one running continuity error.

    • That’s why I have said in the past that ‘First Class’ was an OK movie but it wasn’t a particularly good X-Men movie. Should have been named General Class instead of ‘First Class.’ I think that’s what I’m going to call it from now on General Class…

      • First Class was a lot of hype and gimmick that people went for because it seemed retro. A movie like Push (Chris Evans being in that movie is ironic at this point) was pretty much on par with First Class and a few other movies based on comic books but it gets overlooked.

        • I agree it had a lot of the same kind of depth and sophistication one would expect from the subject matter found in X-Men. Pity it never had the comic run that X-Men has.

          • ‘Push’ that is…

  8. All I want is a not-dead Cyclops.

    • Seconded.

    • I really want that as well.

    • proper cyclops and gambit =p

    • Agreed!

    • That, and the return of Famke Jansen!

  9. Judging all previous X-Men movies, I’m gonna remain cautiously optimistic until we know more and have some set images.

  10. I want to hold on to hope… I really do.

    The X-Men side of Marvel has been one of my favorites for a long time. Went through everything from Brood to Jim Lee’s spin-off, Gold and Blue teams, the Acolytes, Genosha, Phalanx and the Generation Xers to AoA, Onslaught and beyond. There have been a few hiccups lately, like characters killed off without a second thought or given strange new powers for no reason to character arcs that were set up for years to no pay-off and strange and uncharacteristic if not downright bizarre role reversals [I’m looking at you, Bishop, Professor X and Cyclops]. But through all that the X-Men have always been the mostly misunderstood but generally liked step-child of the Marvel comic world, until the X-Men films.

    The first two X-Men movies were awesome, they delivered what fans of the comics had been waiting for years: realistic superpowers reflected on the silver screen. No more half compromises, but full-on optic blasts and Bamf! clouds. The stories themselves might not have followed a specific story arc, but that’s fine for us comic book fans if the characters are treated right and the action seen on the page is translated faithfully.

    Things started going bad with The Last Stand and continued with Origins. I couldn’t believe how throwaway the characters were in TLS and how ridiculous Origins became as the movie kept going. I’m not that much of a nitpicker, I won’t complain that Sabretooth now had short dark hair and did not even come close to resembling Tyler Mane, you could always chuck that up to further mutation on that particular character… but they completely ruined Deadpool. Giant swords that came out of the top of his wrists? How did they stay in? How did he not rip his own arms off once they were in? Shouldn’t his arms have been locked straight out and stiff when the blades were inside his body?

    But I digress. I thought First Class was the beginning of steering the ship back into the right course, which brings me to my point [sorry, I tend to ramble]. One of the things that went wrong with TLS was bringing in an overabundance of characters that then had nothing to do, it was much like Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, you blinked you missed them. One of the things First Class did right was focus the characters into a single point: Achieving control of your powers to bring down a common threat. And that’s were I’m getting nervous with every new update from Brian Singer… Just too many characters and not enough movie time to do them justice. Here’s hoping I’m wrong.

    • I actually preferred the Origins version of Sabertooth since he was actually intelligent, dangerous and pretty badass instead of looking like the angry, monotonous and pretty stupid brother of the cowardly lion from Wizard of Oz who was more of a crappy henchman than a deadly killer like he was in the first X-Men movie.

      • You’re right. I didn’t mind him in Origins, I think it was a more interesting character than the one in X-Men since that one was very one-dimensional. But Origins was terrible regardless.

        • Sabertooth in Origins was closer to the original, non-bestial version that came about later.

        • I think he’s easily one of the best parts of Origins, if not the single best part. After being the dullest xman in the first few movies, and giving fans only the vaguest hint of his relationship with Logan,(when his eyes lingered on the stolen dog tags), we finally got an actual character who was interesting and had a history. Seeing them fight together in the Civil War was ingenious. That actor made the role fun, and the movie made him matter. To bad they can’t undo his irrelevance and brevity in the other stories.

  11. Anxious to see how apocalypse will be betrayed ,if indeed he is going to show up in days of future past. From what I remember from the xmen cartoon back in the 90’s he had a pretty terrifying voice, so I hope that is displayed right along with his other unique abilities in the movie.

    Comic book movies are now starting to bring the really big baddies that we’ve been wanting to see. Apocalypse, Thanos,eventually darksied,and maybe we’ll see Annihilus in the Fantastic four reboot.

    • Apocalypse is only in the cartoon version of dofp, the classic comic book storyline had nothing to do with apocalypse. So its really up in the air what they decide to do. if the apocalypse rumor is true then its not so much they are just going to be using the name DOFP (kinda like they did with first class) but it will be a different animal all together.

    • And your right, Apocalypse in the 90’s cartoon was BOSS. Actually been watching the series on netflix and its aged very well.

      • All the retcon stories they have done over the past fifteen years really has muddied the waters too much.

  12. I didn’t know they have announced Fantastic Four reboot’s release date. Now I know.

    For the topic, I wish Colossus gets speaking role and more fleshed-out character. He is my personal favorite.

    • They haven’t. But they’re saying it could come out sometime in 2015.

      • March 6th, 2015 is the release date for Trank’s F4

    • I just hope it’s a better movie, hehe.

      • I didn’t see it yet, and based on the film’s box office performance, neither did most people. Haha.

  13. With all of the interviews and whatnot, when does he have time to direct.

  14. “I said I’ll ‘fix a few things’ [with Days of Future Past].”

    I think I’m among the minority who wished he would just fixed everything from the 3rd movie T_T

  15. I love the first two films. Especially the second. They may be underwhelming in terms of scale or canon but the character story and the execution was key in making it relatable and exciting. X-Men The Last Stand was really different and despite larger scale the character story was not executed well and felt distant. X-Men Origins: Wolverine- just wasn’t a very well done film. It tried to increase the scale even further, and further did the story fall to style over substance, in which the style was not impressive overall to make it a worthy film.

    X-Men: First Class was definitely an improvement. The story had a bit more scale yet still grounded on the story between Charles and Erik. For all things considered, the film was executed decently but the hectic and unstable production of the film behind the scenes unfortunately handicapped the execution. It was an okay film but it could have been better if production went smoothly and not rushed. It really shows after multiple viewing if not quite on the first viewing. First Class is still guilty, however, on continuity errors resulting in the feel of a quasi-reboot that sort of functions as the prequel to the trilogy- especially Bryan Singer’s first two X-Films. I thought it was funny that it took on a tone, pacing, groundedness, and even replicated the opening shot of the first X-Film, only to differ in the details that could have been kept and offered a tighter story in my opinion.

    I like how the film will focus on the story (seemingly) more than just offering itself as a corrective band-aide to the overall series. I think its been confirmed or at least generally agreed/treated that Origins: Wolverine is no longer canon. X-men 3 is up for tweaking but really how much? Especially if The Wolverine takes place after that film. I also wonder if The Wolverine is after or before the events of Days of Future Past….

    Either way I hope the little fixing address not only X-Men 3 but also some details in X-Men: First Class. But first of all I want it to be a great film with character moments and scale and just overall good.

    PS Find a way to Bring Cyclops back-even if its just a set-up to a next film.

  16. Where is Jubilee?

    • Pretty sure she was one of the kidnapped kids in X-2. I would like to see an adult/teenager version of her too though. Always liked her character in the 90s’ cartoon at least.

      • She was. She also had a deleted scene in the intro (the museum scene) where she plays with electricity in her hands.

        ALSO, she was in X-Men 1 with the classic yellow trench coat, but that was a deleted scene as well.

        • Yes, I recall spotting her. Wasn’t she an Asian girl in a yellow jacket? I recall her most from the old cartoon. What was her mutant ability again? “Dazzle” or maybe it was “Festive pizazz!”. I think we can manage without her, actually. It’s hard to take her seriously.

  17. Nope, I’m pessimistic.

    If you have to “fix a few things” then that means you’ve already screwed up (badly) somewhere and should just start over. But they have too many big stars to reboot you say? Too big to fail you say? I don’t think so. This is gonna suck.

  18. I guess I will be polite, and only bring up the term “mediocre” for the first two X-Men movies. I enjoyed them, but do we really feel they were good productions of these beloved characters? Was Storm really given her due? “You know what happens to Toads when they struck by lightning?” THAT was her shining moment in the first? Was Rogue developed? Was Cyclops given ANYTHING to do? Was his and Jean Grey’s characters afforded any chance to develop chemistry? Wolverine, Magneto, and Professor X were given the chances to carry those movies, and did well. Nightcrawler was great in the second movie, and there were some fun moments making it much better then the first, but still- very few of these characters EVER were developed well under Singer. The third X-Men did a great job with Beast (Kelsey Grammer… Who would have figured??) and truth be told, there were some real fun action scenes. But why do we give Singer such a pass on his poor character development, but slam X3 for the same reason?

    I loved “First Class”. It did take some liberty with it’s characters, but gave each one a true, fleshed out personality. I am not interested in plastic, one-layered Heroes. I want X-Men that are every bit as much human as they are mutants.

    I am very worried about this film.

    • I second every word

    • Someone get this man a beer and a gold star.

    • Agreed.

    • *Starts slow clap*

      • *Joins in*

    • Someone had pointed this out to me. The first 3 movies should have been called “Wolverine and The X-Men”. Its true.

    • Mostly agreed. Two was best by far, but they all had problems. The only thing worse than storm was the arrogance of the actress. However I liked several small things they did with cyclops and Rogue. I think they needed more time for character dev, sure, but some nice decisions made them compelling nonetheless. Still, I have long wondered why the first two were not criticized for their problems when three is constantly put down, desire being a fun movie that was similar in quality. A little soulless and less than the ideal end to the trilogy, but good clever fun all the way. Beast was great, and playing with the cure idea was perfect for some central themes and characters to revolve around. A pretty engaging and captivating sci FI film, I say.

      The Wolverine Origin movie clearly took a big step back with some of its silly moments and popcorn action, but I enjoyed it. I wanted much more, but I still enjoyed it. First Class had some beautiful, poignant ideas and a lot of excitement, but reminded me of the failings of the ther films on many occaisions, including having too many mutants to be able to give them all story. I’d prefer fewer characters handled better to the long list of nobodies that barely get a line in. It was still quite good, but flawed. The best still seems to be the second, but I hope Wolverine will give some grit and maturity to the franchise, and I suspect that Peter Dinklage will be great in the next one. Maybe there is a real chance of this being the best of the franchise. That would be fantastic!

  19. I want to see Liev Schreiber back as Sabretooth in this if possible. Sure Wolvie Origins is mostly an uncomfortable experience, but Schreiber’s Sabretooth is just too good to be passed on.

    • Agreed! I always thought Origins was dissapointing, and I am relieved that people don’t consider it “good enough” because it really isn’t, but after that idea passes I still enjoy the movie. Liev is a big reason why.

  20. “Stars… booboo stewart and fan bingbing”

    • Sir Patrick Stewart, grown tired of the titles, pageantry and dour formality, legally changed his name to Boo Boo in honor of his favorite reality tv star. I’m surprised you haven’t heard about that. The next print of Star Trek TNG blu rays will reflect the name change in the credits.

      Whereas Fan Bing Bing is actually central Asia’s top selling oscillating room cooler, and the listing on the cast was a simple mistake. The Company is a sponsor, not a star of the film. Glad I could clear this up for you before you said something that made you sound uninformed or foolish. Remember, “if the room is too hot, you’re not using a Bing Bing!”

      • Hahaha! Hilarious.

        • It’s funny because it’s true!

  21. I wonder if Bryan Singers Feelings towards comic fans have changed…for someone that doesnt care about the fans he is going with one of the greatest X-men storylines of all time…of course next to The Phoenix Saga, Fatal Attractions, Age of Apocalypse, & Executioners Song.

    • You missed the Mutant Massacre, Fall of the Mutants and Inferno.

      • Yes sorry…those are awesome too and deserved to be recognized.

      • So I was looking at the last article on X-Men 4…Im simply not calling it anything else….Im so confused right now with the Introduction of Blink now. Its apparent to me it will contain elements of Days of Future Past, Age of Apocolypse, THe Phalanx & heck who knows…and whats with Blink being cast as an Asian Chick, Her name was Clarice Ferguson & she originated from the Bahamas if I recall correctly.

        Yeah looks like Bryan Singer is still doing his own thing…jacking up the Xmen….I fail to see how this will clear up the plotholes & especially with no mention of Cyclops or Jean Grey

        • The issue with pretty much every script and story they have done in this series is that they just throw characters into time periods they do not belong in and without much context.

          To be honest the X-books had a lot of throw away characters and not all of them really need to be put on screen. Another thing the producers, directors and writers do not seem to get is that even though comics have traditionally been a monthly serial format; most of the significant stories occurred in limited issue arcs. If they can’t focus these movies better than it’s all going to keep being a mess.

  22. raaargh! “that ‘cure’ kid”? Leech, man. suddenly very worried about singer’s X-knowledge

  23. I think the motion capture may be used for something like Alan Cumming’s Nightcrawler. Nightcrawler has long been my favorite X-Man and his absence from this film would be amiss, and since his mainly cited and much-repeated reason for not coming back is the make-up, this would be a great way around that.

    • I hoe he comes back. Maybe they could use digital makeup like Avatar did, or just cover his head in dots like Davey Jones the squid face… He was great, and I wish we had word of a return, despite having too large a cast already…

  24. Will want storm in her classic white outfit, rogue with proper powers and in her green outfit. Meh. Doubful that will ever happen. Until they reboot xmen in say 2025 lol. Question tought, say they do reboot it one day.. Can they still do the magneto/ww2 origin? I mean his and xavier’s age would already be stretching it, when will it become just impractical to use?

  25. Gambit. That’s who I want to see. Gambit and rogue. Gambit part of the x men team. Disney hurry up and buy the rights to x men. X men would be bigger than the avengers if done right. Proper costumes etc

    • I think you are confused…or else I am. Disney did buy Marvel, and the only incompleteness of the roster is from specific contracts like Spiderman. Avengers wouldn’t have been able to use Hulk, since he was rented out to Universal, except that the dismal profits of the Hulk movies facilitated his early return to the fold. This is of course why there are no Hulk movies planned, even though the last one was entertaining enough to watch and the first one was boldly artistic and unique. I love that Ang Lee film.

  26. I’d very much like to see

    White Phoenix of the Crown
    Emma Frost
    Scarlet Witch


    Mister Sinister
    Lady Deathstrike

    they are very potentially can involve in this case to fix from X3

  27. Gambit. That’s who I want to see. Gambit and rogue. Gambit part of the x men team. Disney hurry up and buy the rights to x men. X men would be bigger than the avengers if done right. Proper costumes etc

  28. No Cyclops. No X-Men.