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Bryan Singer talks CG characters and the possibility of Storm in X-Men: Days of Future Past

Feb. 11, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Before accepting the job of director on X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Bryan Singer was CG giant deep in JACK THE GIANT SLAYER. How is that technique going to pan out for that film? Not sure yet. I haven't been sold on the movie quite yet, but the latest trailer was definitely a step up. So it makes sense that Singer would want to put a touch of CG on one of the characters, or even make an entire character using the technology, right?

This is what the director said about the possible use of CG in the next X-MEN installment:

"A CG Nick Hoult or a CG Ewan McGregor, maybe 20 years from now might be perfect, but it's a little tough on the eyes when it's not real. But I definitely want to use this technology again, and I might even be using some of it in a different way in 'X-Men.' I don't want to say how, yet, but I'm definitely using some of this technology on 'X-Men,' which I never used in any of the other 'X-Men' films."

With such a huge ensemble cast, who will we see taking the lead? If you've read the source material, then you know that Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat, a role played by Ellen Page in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND would have a good amount of screen time. As of right now, Singer isn't ready to reveal any of that:

"I don't want to say [who the protagonists are] yet, or talk about that yet, but I will say that every character has a very important function in the story. The story is designed and catered to the combined cast. It's not just throwing in people to occupy the screen, occupy the billboards. The story 'Days of Future Past,' and our version of 'Days of Future Past' is geared very much toward the mass cast and all their relationships and all their foibles and their achievements."

With Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Iceman said to return, which other popular characters can we expect to join? What about fan favorite, Storm? Singer was down for it, but wasn't sure if Halle Berry would be:

"I can't say. I don't know yet. And it's not necessarily a deal making aspect at all. I want to make sure it'll make sense. But I love working with her."

Extra Tidbit: I was never a huge fan of Berry as Storm. My choice would have been someone like Sophie Okonedo.
Source: MTV

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10:36PM on 02/11/2013
This movie is going to be huge!
This movie is going to be huge!
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10:37PM on 02/11/2013
That's great and all but what I really want to know is if James Marsden and Famke Jansen are coming back for Cyclops and Jean Grey. Especially Marsden for Cyclops. This movie could really resurrect (pun intended) his character because of how wasted his character was in the original trilogy.
That's great and all but what I really want to know is if James Marsden and Famke Jansen are coming back for Cyclops and Jean Grey. Especially Marsden for Cyclops. This movie could really resurrect (pun intended) his character because of how wasted his character was in the original trilogy.
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7:51AM on 02/12/2013
WE actually NEVER saw him die in X3 ! And one if the post-credit scene shot (or so the rumor says) did show us that he survived...
Ho, and as far as I remember Famke has been confirmed on THE WOLVERINE, only, not DOFP... But I can be wrong...
WE actually NEVER saw him die in X3 ! And one if the post-credit scene shot (or so the rumor says) did show us that he survived...
Ho, and as far as I remember Famke has been confirmed on THE WOLVERINE, only, not DOFP... But I can be wrong...
11:27PM on 02/11/2013
I think it has been hinted at that Jean Grey will make an appearance
I think it has been hinted at that Jean Grey will make an appearance
11:05PM on 02/11/2013
I hope they both come back and we can forget 3 ever happened....what a shitty way to kill off cyclops
I hope they both come back and we can forget 3 ever happened....what a shitty way to kill off cyclops
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10:42PM on 02/11/2013

the CGI in Jack

looks horrible...
looks horrible...
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3:28PM on 02/12/2013
@Cath - how is it in the spirit? What do you mean by that? I think it's pretty bad quality wise. Obviously not SyFy channel bad or anything but still, embarrassing for a big budget hollywood blockbuster. I like Singer, and really like the Beanstalk fairytale, it was one of my favourites as a kid, so I should love this movie... but the effects are REALLY holding it back for me.

I mean I just look back at the giants (or rather cyclops') in last year's Wrath of the Titans, they looked great.
@Cath - how is it in the spirit? What do you mean by that? I think it's pretty bad quality wise. Obviously not SyFy channel bad or anything but still, embarrassing for a big budget hollywood blockbuster. I like Singer, and really like the Beanstalk fairytale, it was one of my favourites as a kid, so I should love this movie... but the effects are REALLY holding it back for me.

I mean I just look back at the giants (or rather cyclops') in last year's Wrath of the Titans, they looked great. Or even Davy Jones' crew from POTC2. How is the CGI in both of those THAT much better than here? It doesn't make sense. The giants look real bad, but there is also some pretty weak green screen work displayed in the trailers... a real shame.
7:43AM on 02/12/2013
It's actually not that bad, and in the 'spirit' of the movie...
It's actually not that bad, and in the 'spirit' of the movie...
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11:04PM on 02/11/2013

THANK YOU!

Thank you!! I really didn't like Halle Berry as Storm either; she just seems so full of herself as an actor...I don't get her and I really don't like her for that matter....On or Off screen. Yep, I know I don't truly know her but her shitty exploits are enough for me to know that woman is full of shit to the extreme and her acting is not far from that...except for a few roles in the past, but that is the past and she no longer has any of those chops any more, she's not hungry anymore. I do know
Thank you!! I really didn't like Halle Berry as Storm either; she just seems so full of herself as an actor...I don't get her and I really don't like her for that matter....On or Off screen. Yep, I know I don't truly know her but her shitty exploits are enough for me to know that woman is full of shit to the extreme and her acting is not far from that...except for a few roles in the past, but that is the past and she no longer has any of those chops any more, she's not hungry anymore. I do know she can hit someone and take off in her car without helping them and she says screw you to the father of her daughter, who actually wants to be in his daughters life...She's a loser plain and simple... LOL, anything I missed?
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11:06PM on 02/11/2013

THANK YOU!

Thank you!! I really didn't like Halle Berry as Storm either; she just seems so full of herself as an actor...I don't get her and I really don't like her for that matter....On or Off screen. Yep, I know I don't truly know her but her shitty exploits are enough for me to know that woman is full of shit to the extreme and her acting is not far from that...except for a few roles in the past, but that is the past and she no longer has any of those chops any more, she's not hungry anymore. I do know
Thank you!! I really didn't like Halle Berry as Storm either; she just seems so full of herself as an actor...I don't get her and I really don't like her for that matter....On or Off screen. Yep, I know I don't truly know her but her shitty exploits are enough for me to know that woman is full of shit to the extreme and her acting is not far from that...except for a few roles in the past, but that is the past and she no longer has any of those chops any more, she's not hungry anymore. I do know she can hit someone and take off in her car without helping them and she says screw you to the father of her daughter, who actually wants to be in his daughters life...She's a loser plain and simple... LOL, anything I missed?
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11:19PM on 02/11/2013
What the fuck else is she doing? She was nothing special as Storm, anyway. It would be better financially and artistically if she was replaced.
What the fuck else is she doing? She was nothing special as Storm, anyway. It would be better financially and artistically if she was replaced.
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11:41PM on 02/11/2013

Nightcrawler?

If there is a CGI character, I'm hoping it's nightcrawler. I love his make-up design in X2, and Alan Cumming did a great job, but if I remember correctly he didn't do X-Men 3 b/c he didn't enjoy spending so much time in the make-up. CGI could be the way to go and keep his character, but hopefully it's a great CGI character (like Gollum).
If there is a CGI character, I'm hoping it's nightcrawler. I love his make-up design in X2, and Alan Cumming did a great job, but if I remember correctly he didn't do X-Men 3 b/c he didn't enjoy spending so much time in the make-up. CGI could be the way to go and keep his character, but hopefully it's a great CGI character (like Gollum).
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7:41AM on 02/12/2013
And he didn't like working with Singer ! So if Nightcrawler comes back, it will either be as CGI or another actor...
And he didn't like working with Singer ! So if Nightcrawler comes back, it will either be as CGI or another actor...
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12:00AM on 02/12/2013
Halle berry needs this, but i never cared for her portrayal as Storm though
Halle berry needs this, but i never cared for her portrayal as Storm though
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12:14AM on 02/12/2013
I thought 'First Class' was the best X-Men yet. Am I the only one that thinks Bryan Singer is going to screw this one up? I hope I'm wrong.
I thought 'First Class' was the best X-Men yet. Am I the only one that thinks Bryan Singer is going to screw this one up? I hope I'm wrong.
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12:39AM on 02/12/2013
I'm glad that so many actors from the OG X-Men movies are coming back, but I could take or leave Halle Berry's Storm. I wouldn't be upset in the slightest If they replaced her with another actress; and I definitely agree with the Soloist that James Marsden and Famke Jensen should make a come back. I just hope that this movie will be so amazing that I can forget that X-Men 3 ever happened.
I'm glad that so many actors from the OG X-Men movies are coming back, but I could take or leave Halle Berry's Storm. I wouldn't be upset in the slightest If they replaced her with another actress; and I definitely agree with the Soloist that James Marsden and Famke Jensen should make a come back. I just hope that this movie will be so amazing that I can forget that X-Men 3 ever happened.
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12:59AM on 02/12/2013
Excited for the return of Anna Paquin and Ellen Page. Always had a soft spot for Rogue and believe she was criminally underused in the original trilogy.
Excited for the return of Anna Paquin and Ellen Page. Always had a soft spot for Rogue and believe she was criminally underused in the original trilogy.
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12:42PM on 02/12/2013
Im so excited too. Rogue is one of my faves x-men, so really hyped to see what she will do this time after all these years, specially having the sentinels controlling the whole country. This movie cant be less than epic
Im so excited too. Rogue is one of my faves x-men, so really hyped to see what she will do this time after all these years, specially having the sentinels controlling the whole country. This movie cant be less than epic
2:48AM on 02/12/2013

It's well known that she didn't get along with Singer.

Legend has it she told him to kiss her ass on the set of X2 and she used her star power at the time to estrange him from X3. If she comes back, it will be with her tail between her legs.
Legend has it she told him to kiss her ass on the set of X2 and she used her star power at the time to estrange him from X3. If she comes back, it will be with her tail between her legs.
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3:08AM on 02/12/2013

I want

Halle Berry's Storm killed off off camera and I want young actors playing Storm, Cyclops and Jean. James Marsden and Famke Jansen can show up at the end because the whole point of the plot will be to prevent Jean from going crazy in the first place and creating an even worse backlash against mutant kind.
Halle Berry's Storm killed off off camera and I want young actors playing Storm, Cyclops and Jean. James Marsden and Famke Jansen can show up at the end because the whole point of the plot will be to prevent Jean from going crazy in the first place and creating an even worse backlash against mutant kind.
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5:52AM on 02/12/2013

The guy admits it! His Giants look like crap...

His latest movie Giant Killer looks awful only because of how poorly the CG looks. I hate to say it but when a Jack Black movie involving giants has better giant effects, you are in trouble. So do not muck up the next xmen with crappy looking CG, keep it old school and use real props.
His latest movie Giant Killer looks awful only because of how poorly the CG looks. I hate to say it but when a Jack Black movie involving giants has better giant effects, you are in trouble. So do not muck up the next xmen with crappy looking CG, keep it old school and use real props.
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7:13AM on 02/12/2013

Meh

I think it's safe to say that not only is Halle Berry completely unnecessary to the X-Men films, but her career has gone so far down the toilet since her Oscar win it would be detrimental to Days of Future Past. What was the last thing she did? Stick her tits in guacamole in the disgracefully bad Movie 43. Her Storm was never anyone special, and the blandest thing about the otherwise great X-Men films. X3 Last Stand gave her more screentime than usual and she sucked the hardest.
I think it's safe to say that not only is Halle Berry completely unnecessary to the X-Men films, but her career has gone so far down the toilet since her Oscar win it would be detrimental to Days of Future Past. What was the last thing she did? Stick her tits in guacamole in the disgracefully bad Movie 43. Her Storm was never anyone special, and the blandest thing about the otherwise great X-Men films. X3 Last Stand gave her more screentime than usual and she sucked the hardest.
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8:36AM on 02/12/2013
Just write it in the script that Storm was captured by the Sentinels. I want James Marsden as the leader in an apocalyptic future.
Just write it in the script that Storm was captured by the Sentinels. I want James Marsden as the leader in an apocalyptic future.
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11:54PM on 02/12/2013
Damn straight!
Damn straight!
9:15AM on 02/12/2013
I'm assuming the CG characters he's talking about will be the Sentinels. I think Storm should come back, not because of any love I have for the character or Halle Berry, but because at the end of The Last Stand she assumes Xavier's role as headmaster of the school. I don't really know how much they intend to alter the timeline for this movie, but it wouldnt make sense for her to suddenly not be there.
I'm assuming the CG characters he's talking about will be the Sentinels. I think Storm should come back, not because of any love I have for the character or Halle Berry, but because at the end of The Last Stand she assumes Xavier's role as headmaster of the school. I don't really know how much they intend to alter the timeline for this movie, but it wouldnt make sense for her to suddenly not be there.
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9:54AM on 02/12/2013
Halle Barry as Storm was very lack luster. In the first X-Men she had an accent then by the second it was dropped and instead Barry simply played herself. I think the CG characters will be the Sentinels, but also possibly a motion captured character as well.
Halle Barry as Storm was very lack luster. In the first X-Men she had an accent then by the second it was dropped and instead Barry simply played herself. I think the CG characters will be the Sentinels, but also possibly a motion captured character as well.
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12:36PM on 02/12/2013

Fully CG character?

I'm guessing Sentinels, sure; but I'm also willing to bet Iceman will be fully CG, at least most of the time.
I'm guessing Sentinels, sure; but I'm also willing to bet Iceman will be fully CG, at least most of the time.
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12:45PM on 02/12/2013
I'm glad he knows that CG for human characters is still bad. Still, I have this uneasy feeling that Singer is trying too hard to right his wrongs by cramming too many familiar faces into what is supposed to be a new story. Suddenly this feels like X-Men 4, or Singer's X-Men 3, and not so much like First Class 2.
I'm glad he knows that CG for human characters is still bad. Still, I have this uneasy feeling that Singer is trying too hard to right his wrongs by cramming too many familiar faces into what is supposed to be a new story. Suddenly this feels like X-Men 4, or Singer's X-Men 3, and not so much like First Class 2.
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