The original X-Men film trilogy featured its titular mutant heroes sporting black leather costumes, designs that fans of the books met with mixed feelings. For the prequel X-Men: First Class, director Matthew Vaughn went with colorful, more practical designs that honored the original Marvel Comics.
With X-Men: Days of Future Past, a film that merges the trilogy with First Class, Bryan Singer returns to the director’s chair and has promised “no leather suits.” So, what do we get instead?
In X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine, Jackman sports regular clothing. In Days of Future Past, the story will flip back and forth between the ’70s (so expect time-appropriate attire) and an alternate near-future where giant mutant-hunting Sentinel robots hunt down our favorite heroes and villains. In this era, the X-Men and Brotherhood will sport more practical, slightly futuristic rugged clothing.
Production began on the film last week in Montreal and Bryan Singer tweeted a photo of Patrick Stewart in costume to celebrate the announcement. It was rather similar in aesthetic to today’s new photo of Halley Berry as Storm.
With Berry’s announcement that she’s pregnant with a second child, she says her role is being changed, but the wings on that costume may mean there’s still hope for the powerful mutant to utilize those powers against the Sentinels.
“Storm probably won’t be as badass as she was going to be because we won’t be able to do any fighting or flying or things like that. She’ll be different than we originally planned her to be but I still think she’ll be an integral part of this new X-Men movie.”
The costume is a big step-up however, from the X-Men trilogy get-up. The other interesting news from Twitter comes from Bryan Singer and some of the cast attending a Montreal Canadians game over the weekend. Joining the director were Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Shawn Ashmore and new cast member Adan Canto. Canto had a key role in The Following alongside Ashmore (and another X-Men actor, Kevin Bacon) and will seemingly be playing a mutant. We don’t know who yet, but the actor teased “I might turn into a ball of fire if someone pisses me off.”
Canto is a Mexican-born actor but knowing the franchise’s affinity for ignoring the backgrounds of international characters from Marvel Comics (see: Colossus, Banshee), he could be playing anyone from the Japanese Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida) to the American characters Firefist (Rusty Collins) or Match (Ben Hamill). The most likely candidate however, is the Brazillian Sunspot (Roberto da Costa) who has the power to control solar energy (see below). He’s also got a temper which pays tribute to his hint.
Fun geek fact: There’s a female character named “Crux” who happens to be use a combination of Iceman and Sunfire’s powers and she’s… a french ice skater (see: Montreal Canadians connection).
With so many characters, separate by (at least) two time periods and many new faces joining the series, we wonder if if they’ll all get their chance to shine, let alone of meaningful dialogue. Most of the Hellfire Club mutants under Kevin Bacon’s command in First Class barely spoke.
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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