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Hugh Jackson says that X-Men: Days of Future Past will blow everyone away

Sep. 9, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Who has more to say about X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST than Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman? No, really, this guy is all about praising this film and the director Bryan Singer.

In an interview with Access Hollywood, the actor shared his thoughts on how far Singer had come as a director and how blow away audiences will be by his next installment of the mutant saga:

"I keep saying it's like two movies in one but the size of it, it's like three in one! [It's] going to blow people away because the story - Bryan Singer is going to be the first director to make increasingly better movies in a franchise, I'm not sure if there's anyone else that's done it."

I've never been one to hate on Bryan Singer regardless of what people might think of SUPERMAN RETURNS or X-MEN or JACK THE GIANT SLAYER or whatever else their moaning and groaning about these days. I think that the comic book genre is a challenge. There are some complex ideas and characters involved, and getting them near what the readers envisioned is a heavy task. Sure, Christopher Nolan sort of hit the nail on the head with Batman but according to Jackman, Nolan was even impressed by Singer:

"Few people credit Bryan for what he deserves credit for, which is really inventing that genre. There wasn't really a superhero genre before X-Men came out. Funny enough, I remember catching a plane while we were promoting The Prestige with Chris Nolan [who] said to me that he'd always had the Batman in his mind. Even way back before 2000, he had the version of Batman that he ended up making in his head. He said, 'when I went into the cinema and saw X-Men, I said damn, that's my idea.' The idea that you could really dive in to the emotional life, to the vulnerability of these characters and that, as well as being fantastical, amazing and action, is what's going to hook people and make them care. That's what Bryan did, he had a lot of courage to do that."

Do you feel like Jackman is right about Singer? Or did something else really launch the genre?

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9:46PM on 09/10/2013
hugh jackson is equally as amazing as clive warren
hugh jackson is equally as amazing as clive warren
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12:34PM on 09/10/2013

Xmen uno

X-men one is void of emotion and fun, I think everyone was just happy to finally see it on the big screen. The biggest waste of Cyclops, I understand putting wolverine in the forefront because of his popularity, but what a huge mistake in the end. Oh and those fight scenes.... jesus I can't even tell what the hell is going, with that being said. I hope Singer and crew make this happen.
X-men one is void of emotion and fun, I think everyone was just happy to finally see it on the big screen. The biggest waste of Cyclops, I understand putting wolverine in the forefront because of his popularity, but what a huge mistake in the end. Oh and those fight scenes.... jesus I can't even tell what the hell is going, with that being said. I hope Singer and crew make this happen.
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6:05AM on 09/10/2013
I think Blade got the ball rolling in more ways than one but X-Men also deserves credit as it was the first proper team up movie. Looking back at it, much better has come out since...but that's just evolution in action - what came first, in an ideal world, should always be bettered by following projects...a problem that people creating sequels have forever found a challenge.

Incidentally, I love Jackman, he is Fox's RDJ of the Marvel cinematic universe - I love his enthusiasm for the
I think Blade got the ball rolling in more ways than one but X-Men also deserves credit as it was the first proper team up movie. Looking back at it, much better has come out since...but that's just evolution in action - what came first, in an ideal world, should always be bettered by following projects...a problem that people creating sequels have forever found a challenge.

Incidentally, I love Jackman, he is Fox's RDJ of the Marvel cinematic universe - I love his enthusiasm for the Wolverine and the world he's in. I am also warming big time to Fox and its attempt to create an organised cinematic universe for its mutant characters. I've never had a problem with Singer...and hope it all pays off next year. At the same, I have no problem accepting that Jackman does seem to big up stuff that doesn't quite live up to the hype. I like The Wolverine...but it didn't reach the levels I was led to believe it would. Still, it's not the first movie to let me down like that.
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2:44AM on 09/10/2013
The genre started with Blade. Before then, Superhero movies were campy. Note that this was the year after Batman and Robin came out. Comic book movies had hit rock bottom and Blade showed that you could take what was on the comics page and put it on the screen and not make it look ridiculous. If Nolan did indeed have his idea for Batman before X-Men came out in 2000 he might have gotten it while watching Blade. Blade showed directors what could be done. Ebert even said so in his review of
The genre started with Blade. Before then, Superhero movies were campy. Note that this was the year after Batman and Robin came out. Comic book movies had hit rock bottom and Blade showed that you could take what was on the comics page and put it on the screen and not make it look ridiculous. If Nolan did indeed have his idea for Batman before X-Men came out in 2000 he might have gotten it while watching Blade. Blade showed directors what could be done. Ebert even said so in his review of Blade back in 1998. He said that taking comics and using them as storyboards was going to revolutionize the film industry. And it did. His positive reviews for Sin City, Daredevil and Hulk were because he thought they were faithful to the spirit of the comics.
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2:48AM on 09/10/2013
"At a time when too many movies are built from flat, TV-style visuals of people standing around talking, movies based on comic books represent one of the last best hopes for visionary filmmaking. It's ironic that the comics, which borrowed their early visual style from movies, should now be returning the favor.

“Blade,” starring Wesley Snipes as a killer of vampires who is engaged in an armageddon for possession of the Earth, is a movie that relishes high visual style. It uses the
"At a time when too many movies are built from flat, TV-style visuals of people standing around talking, movies based on comic books represent one of the last best hopes for visionary filmmaking. It's ironic that the comics, which borrowed their early visual style from movies, should now be returning the favor.

“Blade,” starring Wesley Snipes as a killer of vampires who is engaged in an armageddon for possession of the Earth, is a movie that relishes high visual style. It uses the extreme camera angles, the bizarre costumes and sets, the exaggerated shadows, the confident cutting between long shots and extreme closeups. It slams ahead in pure visceral imagery."

--Roger Ebert, 1998
11:21PM on 09/09/2013
Maybe Mr. Jackman genuinely likes all the X-Men films he was in. He worked freakishly hard for it. Or maybe he's just in denial.
Maybe Mr. Jackman genuinely likes all the X-Men films he was in. He worked freakishly hard for it. Or maybe he's just in denial.
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11:16PM on 09/09/2013

i actually liked . . . .

the 1st Punisher movie. but i guess that many people don't think of that getting the ball rolling with MARVEL. although is wasn't highly advertised like movies are now, it still is a cult favorite to many. now, as for these Wolverine movies, i think Hugh should put the blades away for another actor to try the role. sure, he's the face of Wolverine & has made alot of money doing it, but i ALWAYS thought that he was still waaaaaaaaay to small to play him. just a thought!
the 1st Punisher movie. but i guess that many people don't think of that getting the ball rolling with MARVEL. although is wasn't highly advertised like movies are now, it still is a cult favorite to many. now, as for these Wolverine movies, i think Hugh should put the blades away for another actor to try the role. sure, he's the face of Wolverine & has made alot of money doing it, but i ALWAYS thought that he was still waaaaaaaaay to small to play him. just a thought!
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8:47PM on 09/12/2013
You must be talking about the Dolph Lundgren Punisher movie in 1989, because The Thomas Jane Punisher film (worst of them all, BTW) came out in 2004, a full four years after X-Men (2000), and six years after Blade (1998)

And, while I agree that Jackman is not well cast as Wolverine, it is NOT because he is "too small to play him". Jackman is 6'4". Wolverine is 5'3"
You must be talking about the Dolph Lundgren Punisher movie in 1989, because The Thomas Jane Punisher film (worst of them all, BTW) came out in 2004, a full four years after X-Men (2000), and six years after Blade (1998)

And, while I agree that Jackman is not well cast as Wolverine, it is NOT because he is "too small to play him". Jackman is 6'4". Wolverine is 5'3"
10:58PM on 09/09/2013

Singer is crap

What has singer ever done but make Xmen arguably boring as hell in the 2 1/2 hour part 2 and then completely and utterly destroy Superman in Superman returns... and den... rape the adventure genre with Jack: The giant slayer. Lol... really a talented director that much like M. Night, and Rob zombie... needs to never be allowed to touch a keyboard ever... I was stoked for a new Xmen film till I saw he was writing it and then I decided to wait for video lol
What has singer ever done but make Xmen arguably boring as hell in the 2 1/2 hour part 2 and then completely and utterly destroy Superman in Superman returns... and den... rape the adventure genre with Jack: The giant slayer. Lol... really a talented director that much like M. Night, and Rob zombie... needs to never be allowed to touch a keyboard ever... I was stoked for a new Xmen film till I saw he was writing it and then I decided to wait for video lol
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10:29PM on 09/09/2013
Says the man who tried to sell everyone on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sorry, Hugh I stopped listening to you years ago. And I still think that this movie is going to be a clusterfrak.
Says the man who tried to sell everyone on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sorry, Hugh I stopped listening to you years ago. And I still think that this movie is going to be a clusterfrak.
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8:53PM on 09/09/2013
Jackman says every upcoming Marvel film he's in is "gonna blow us away" or something like that. Not that I'm not looking forward to the movie, and not that I don't appreciate Jackman's enthusiasm for the franchise (knowing he cares assures a worthwhile performance), but I'm gonna stay a little skeptical-better than getting my hopes up and being disappointed.
Jackman says every upcoming Marvel film he's in is "gonna blow us away" or something like that. Not that I'm not looking forward to the movie, and not that I don't appreciate Jackman's enthusiasm for the franchise (knowing he cares assures a worthwhile performance), but I'm gonna stay a little skeptical-better than getting my hopes up and being disappointed.
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8:28PM on 09/09/2013
I really want this film to do well...I'm just worried about character overload and having it look silly.
I really want this film to do well...I'm just worried about character overload and having it look silly.
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7:42PM on 09/09/2013
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6:15PM on 09/09/2013

Who is this "Hugh Jackson" you speak of?

I admire Hugh Jackman as an actor and an artist but, let's face it, he's getting paid big $$$ to say his upcoming film is "the best ever." Unfortunately, the last 3 X-Men films he was involved in (I don't count FIRST CLASS) wasted his considerable talent. I'm still giving this movie the benefit of the doubt but I hope Bryan Singer makes a DAYS OF FUTURE PAST movie that's worthy of the source material.
I admire Hugh Jackman as an actor and an artist but, let's face it, he's getting paid big $$$ to say his upcoming film is "the best ever." Unfortunately, the last 3 X-Men films he was involved in (I don't count FIRST CLASS) wasted his considerable talent. I'm still giving this movie the benefit of the doubt but I hope Bryan Singer makes a DAYS OF FUTURE PAST movie that's worthy of the source material.
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5:35PM on 09/09/2013

Blade?

Wasn't Blade before X-Men? I'll admit that X-Men was the first full on superhero film.
Wasn't Blade before X-Men? I'll admit that X-Men was the first full on superhero film.
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5:34PM on 09/09/2013
Jackman also said The Wolverine would be good and it sucked. I'll believe it when I see it.
Jackman also said The Wolverine would be good and it sucked. I'll believe it when I see it.
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4:33PM on 09/09/2013
An actor giving nothing but praise to a film he's starring in.... that's never happened before.
I really liked the first 2 X-men movies as well as First Class... but I'm just feeling superhero fatigue.
An actor giving nothing but praise to a film he's starring in.... that's never happened before.
I really liked the first 2 X-men movies as well as First Class... but I'm just feeling superhero fatigue.
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4:20PM on 09/09/2013

Singer is hthe man

I absolutely agree with Jack man. Ever since The Usual Suspects I have loved him as a director. Apt Pupil was also an excellent movie. The only movie he's done I didn't care for much was his Superman movie. I had no idea he did Jack the Giant Slayer. I am definitely looking forward to Days of Future Past.
I absolutely agree with Jack man. Ever since The Usual Suspects I have loved him as a director. Apt Pupil was also an excellent movie. The only movie he's done I didn't care for much was his Superman movie. I had no idea he did Jack the Giant Slayer. I am definitely looking forward to Days of Future Past.
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4:18PM on 09/09/2013

I find it's easier to realize how good Singer has been...

... when I compare the superhero movies he's been involved with (X-Men, X2, First Class) with the Fox superhero movies he hasn't been involved with: the Blade trilogy, Daredevil, Elektra, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, X-Men 3, Wolverine 1 & 2, Fantastic Four 1 & 2.

Eleven movies and more than half of them are among the absolute worst that the genre has ever produced. It just shows how much effort was required when Tom Rothman was running the studio.
... when I compare the superhero movies he's been involved with (X-Men, X2, First Class) with the Fox superhero movies he hasn't been involved with: the Blade trilogy, Daredevil, Elektra, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, X-Men 3, Wolverine 1 & 2, Fantastic Four 1 & 2.

Eleven movies and more than half of them are among the absolute worst that the genre has ever produced. It just shows how much effort was required when Tom Rothman was running the studio.
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2:59PM on 09/09/2013
Hugh Jackman*

"In an interview with Access Hollywood, the actor shared his thoughts on how far Singer had come as a director and how BLOWN* away audiences will be by his next installment of the mutant saga"

Great article, but these typos shouldn't have been published. Probably wrote this while you were still waking up and you haven't had your coffee or 5 Hour Energy yet, but surely there's a way to go back and edit.
Hugh Jackman*

"In an interview with Access Hollywood, the actor shared his thoughts on how far Singer had come as a director and how BLOWN* away audiences will be by his next installment of the mutant saga"

Great article, but these typos shouldn't have been published. Probably wrote this while you were still waking up and you haven't had your coffee or 5 Hour Energy yet, but surely there's a way to go back and edit.
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2:53AM on 09/10/2013
It's not a typo. "Blow away audiences" refers to audiences made of confetti.
It's not a typo. "Blow away audiences" refers to audiences made of confetti.
2:44PM on 09/09/2013
Bryan Singer's the guy who's too embarrassed to have superhero costumes in his superhero movies, isn't he? Yeah, fuck that guy. He made the X-Men look like a Village People tribute band.
Bryan Singer's the guy who's too embarrassed to have superhero costumes in his superhero movies, isn't he? Yeah, fuck that guy. He made the X-Men look like a Village People tribute band.
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3:01PM on 09/09/2013
Actually his uniforms and Cyclops line about he yellow spandex were perfect. If they stuck with the original design the tone of the film would've been a lot sillier. It works for the Avengers cause A...Iron Man is red and Gold...not yellow like in the cartoon. B. Joss Whedon did go with a silly tone.
Actually his uniforms and Cyclops line about he yellow spandex were perfect. If they stuck with the original design the tone of the film would've been a lot sillier. It works for the Avengers cause A...Iron Man is red and Gold...not yellow like in the cartoon. B. Joss Whedon did go with a silly tone.
3:02PM on 09/09/2013
Kind of like no batman movie has tried the grey and black fabric costume.
Kind of like no batman movie has tried the grey and black fabric costume.
3:29PM on 09/09/2013
The comics' uniforms look more like the Village People, so... don't know how that analogy makes sense...
The comics' uniforms look more like the Village People, so... don't know how that analogy makes sense...
2:44PM on 09/09/2013
I think Singer HAS to blow everyone away with this film.
If it ends up feeling like a step backwards from First Class he'll have taken a dump on a franchise that was just getting good again. Days Of Future Past needs to be a significant leap forward and leave most people feeling satisfied that they've seen a brilliant X-Men movie, plus it needs to leave us wanting more and set up the franchise for Singer or whoever follows him to expand on the universe and give us more great stories.
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I think Singer HAS to blow everyone away with this film.
If it ends up feeling like a step backwards from First Class he'll have taken a dump on a franchise that was just getting good again. Days Of Future Past needs to be a significant leap forward and leave most people feeling satisfied that they've seen a brilliant X-Men movie, plus it needs to leave us wanting more and set up the franchise for Singer or whoever follows him to expand on the universe and give us more great stories.
This film needs to be more than an attempt to glue some fairly disparate films together into a coherent narrative, and Singer has to prove he was 100% right to return to this series.
If there's more to this than a bloated cast and the fan-pleasing inclusion of Sentinels, Singer will have done a good job and I really hope he does blow us all away (metaphorically speaking).
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2:32PM on 09/09/2013

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Jackman said that for all the Wolverine films as well..but still haven't got a Wolverine film that I have always wanted.
Second Wolvy was better than the first one but still wasnt satisfied and they changed the significant parts of the story from the comics.
I am not complaining about Jackman as Wolverine , I dig him. Wolvy films just hadn't found the right director etc, I think. Maybe after doing one or maybe two more films I think Its time that Jackman hangs up his claws and let someone
Jackman said that for all the Wolverine films as well..but still haven't got a Wolverine film that I have always wanted.
Second Wolvy was better than the first one but still wasnt satisfied and they changed the significant parts of the story from the comics.
I am not complaining about Jackman as Wolverine , I dig him. Wolvy films just hadn't found the right director etc, I think. Maybe after doing one or maybe two more films I think Its time that Jackman hangs up his claws and let someone else take it to the next level.

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2:42PM on 09/09/2013
To be honest - I'm ready for Fox to send the Xmen back to Marvel so they can do the whole thing right this time. X2 was good, the rest was varying degrees of disappointment, some better than others.
To be honest - I'm ready for Fox to send the Xmen back to Marvel so they can do the whole thing right this time. X2 was good, the rest was varying degrees of disappointment, some better than others.
4:23PM on 09/09/2013
I have to disagree with you, I think Jackman is the perfect man for Wolverine. Changin that up anytime soon, would kill the film character I think.
I have to disagree with you, I think Jackman is the perfect man for Wolverine. Changin that up anytime soon, would kill the film character I think.
5:23AM on 09/10/2013
Never said Jackman isn't perfect as Wolvy. Only saying that the directors and maybe the production team wasn't right for a Wolvy film.
Never said Jackman isn't perfect as Wolvy. Only saying that the directors and maybe the production team wasn't right for a Wolvy film.
2:21PM on 09/09/2013
I certainly hope so, since this being positioned to be the ultimate X-Men movie.
I certainly hope so, since this being positioned to be the ultimate X-Men movie.
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1:50PM on 09/09/2013

I seem to remember BLADE getting the ball rolling on the superhero movies.

Those of us who grew up in the 70's and 80's had very few decent superhero films, and it was a ripe market waiting to be tapped by investors. Blade showed the studios that a superhero film could make money, and X-Men followed it to mediocre (compared to nowdays) success. I still think the X-Men films are deeply flawed, yet enjoyable for what they are (the first two anyway). That said, I would rather see ALL the Marvel characters revert back to Marvel.
Those of us who grew up in the 70's and 80's had very few decent superhero films, and it was a ripe market waiting to be tapped by investors. Blade showed the studios that a superhero film could make money, and X-Men followed it to mediocre (compared to nowdays) success. I still think the X-Men films are deeply flawed, yet enjoyable for what they are (the first two anyway). That said, I would rather see ALL the Marvel characters revert back to Marvel.
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1:46PM on 09/09/2013
Just marketing strategy. I remember Jackman saying that X3 "really is the best of them all" when they finished filming.
Just marketing strategy. I remember Jackman saying that X3 "really is the best of them all" when they finished filming.
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2:17PM on 09/09/2013
Honestly it might be for repeat viewings, as bad as it might be overall it is better than the other two. X2 was complete garbage. X1 was decent but bland really and not worth repeats. X3 is what is is, shallow action but pretty good action.
Honestly it might be for repeat viewings, as bad as it might be overall it is better than the other two. X2 was complete garbage. X1 was decent but bland really and not worth repeats. X3 is what is is, shallow action but pretty good action.
2:38PM on 09/09/2013
Wow. Thats incredible that you believe that.
Wow. Thats incredible that you believe that.
1:34PM on 09/09/2013
So excited for this.
So excited for this.
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1:24PM on 09/09/2013
Excited for this, Bryan Singer made two very good X-Men films so I'm glad to see him back in the lead for this film. This story is so epic in scope, it has the potential to be a very good movie.
Excited for this, Bryan Singer made two very good X-Men films so I'm glad to see him back in the lead for this film. This story is so epic in scope, it has the potential to be a very good movie.
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1:12PM on 09/09/2013

First Superhero Team!

I don't think he was the one to invent the super hero genre. Richard Donner did that with Superman. Singer did technically pull off the first Superhero team! And really nailed it with the sequel. Long before The Avengers.
I don't think he was the one to invent the super hero genre. Richard Donner did that with Superman. Singer did technically pull off the first Superhero team! And really nailed it with the sequel. Long before The Avengers.
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2:08PM on 09/09/2013
Donner's Superman didn't delve into anyone's life. Reeves and Luthor were looked at only superficially and NONE of the other characters were even glanced at away from them. There was little to no look into their lives or attempt to humanize them (Luthor worked with buffoons for comic relief and Superman had to pretend to be a dork, which was supposed to be sad or something). There were no internal conflicts until the second one, and that was still mostly superficial.
Donner's Superman didn't delve into anyone's life. Reeves and Luthor were looked at only superficially and NONE of the other characters were even glanced at away from them. There was little to no look into their lives or attempt to humanize them (Luthor worked with buffoons for comic relief and Superman had to pretend to be a dork, which was supposed to be sad or something). There were no internal conflicts until the second one, and that was still mostly superficial.
7:45PM on 09/12/2013
Yes but the point I was making was that Superman was the first blockbuster super hero movie and X-Men was the first super hero team up.
Yes but the point I was making was that Superman was the first blockbuster super hero movie and X-Men was the first super hero team up.
1:10PM on 09/09/2013
Yes! as some other here says, the genre owes a lot to Singer's first X-Men film. And I expect DOFP to be really cool...
Yes! as some other here says, the genre owes a lot to Singer's first X-Men film. And I expect DOFP to be really cool...
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1:09PM on 09/09/2013
Gotta love Hugh Jackman's enthusiasm and confidence for this film and everytime that he plays Wolverine.

Days of Future Past is going to be awesome and hopefully the best X-Men film yet.
Gotta love Hugh Jackman's enthusiasm and confidence for this film and everytime that he plays Wolverine.

Days of Future Past is going to be awesome and hopefully the best X-Men film yet.
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1:02PM on 09/09/2013

Good

Cause I can't recall the last time I was blown. Had to have been a birthday though.
Cause I can't recall the last time I was blown. Had to have been a birthday though.
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12:58PM on 09/09/2013
Hmm...so by Jackman's claim, this movie just has to be better than X2. Just to put things in perspective. If they can keep the story focused enough, that might not be such a hard task. So long as it doesn't get unwieldly.
Hmm...so by Jackman's claim, this movie just has to be better than X2. Just to put things in perspective. If they can keep the story focused enough, that might not be such a hard task. So long as it doesn't get unwieldly.
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12:58PM on 09/09/2013

lol

Hugh Jackson, lol. Oddly enough this is the second time something like this came up today. Today i was asked if Jenny McCarthy was related to Paul McCarthy of the Beatles. /facepalm.
Hugh Jackson, lol. Oddly enough this is the second time something like this came up today. Today i was asked if Jenny McCarthy was related to Paul McCarthy of the Beatles. /facepalm.
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12:48PM on 09/09/2013
Who is this "Hugh Jackson" of which the title speaks?
Who is this "Hugh Jackson" of which the title speaks?
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12:45PM on 09/09/2013
"nah this movie'll suck." - said no actor pimping a movie ever.
"nah this movie'll suck." - said no actor pimping a movie ever.
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12:40PM on 09/09/2013
Sorry to burst your bubble and lovefest there Hugh, but Richard Donner invented that genre, and it took Hollywood another decade to follow the path he blazed. Singer didn't invent it.

"The idea that you could really dive in to the emotional life, to the vulnerability of these characters and that, as well as being fantastical, amazing and action, is what's going to hook people and make them care. That's what Bryan did, he had a lot of courage to do that."

Yeah - that's what he did with
Sorry to burst your bubble and lovefest there Hugh, but Richard Donner invented that genre, and it took Hollywood another decade to follow the path he blazed. Singer didn't invent it.

"The idea that you could really dive in to the emotional life, to the vulnerability of these characters and that, as well as being fantastical, amazing and action, is what's going to hook people and make them care. That's what Bryan did, he had a lot of courage to do that."

Yeah - that's what he did with Superman The Movie.
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12:53PM on 09/09/2013
Ever Bryan Singer has copped to that. But you can't ignore that X-Men helped ignite the modern super-hero movie movement.
Ever Bryan Singer has copped to that. But you can't ignore that X-Men helped ignite the modern super-hero movie movement.
1:19PM on 09/09/2013
It may have been first, but like many a comment section, it didn't really do much for the conversation. What we're experiencing right now has nothing to do with the X-men caused comic book explosion that gave us Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Elektra, X3, and Punisher. If anything, credit belongs to Spiderman for showing you can pretty much print money with these movies, and Batman Begins for proving they can be good. I concede that X-Men had been the first one of any quality since...

Oh wait,
It may have been first, but like many a comment section, it didn't really do much for the conversation. What we're experiencing right now has nothing to do with the X-men caused comic book explosion that gave us Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Elektra, X3, and Punisher. If anything, credit belongs to Spiderman for showing you can pretty much print money with these movies, and Batman Begins for proving they can be good. I concede that X-Men had been the first one of any quality since...

Oh wait, nevermind, the Batman franchise had ended just a few years prior. X-Men WAS JUST ANOTHER MOVIE IN A TREND OF COMIC BOOK MOVIES DATING BACK TO '75.

It's just like my beef with Timberlake. He couldn't have brought sexy back, it never left.
1:55PM on 09/09/2013
It wasn't even first of the new era. BLADE was before X-Men.
It wasn't even first of the new era. BLADE was before X-Men.
2:11PM on 09/09/2013
No he didn't. Superman was filled with (barely) 2-dimensional characters. The romance in the film was adequately explored, but everything else was superficial at best.
No he didn't. Superman was filled with (barely) 2-dimensional characters. The romance in the film was adequately explored, but everything else was superficial at best.
2:35PM on 09/09/2013
Exactly Hoyle - even Singer admitted Donner came first. While I don't deny Singer the significance of Xmen in the history of the movement, it's not the first. Hollywood just took a while to catch on to Donner's leap forward. Batman and Batman Returns were a long overdue step in that direction, but the misfires of Batman Forever and it's unfortunate sequel set everyone back another decade.

And Indy - I agree - Spiderman was the film that showed the studios they could mint their own money
Exactly Hoyle - even Singer admitted Donner came first. While I don't deny Singer the significance of Xmen in the history of the movement, it's not the first. Hollywood just took a while to catch on to Donner's leap forward. Batman and Batman Returns were a long overdue step in that direction, but the misfires of Batman Forever and it's unfortunate sequel set everyone back another decade.

And Indy - I agree - Spiderman was the film that showed the studios they could mint their own money with these superheroes and really kicked off the second generation of hero films. Blade, DD, FF, Punisher, Elektra, Hulk, X3 were varying degrees of bad. Spidey 1 and 2 - good. Blade 2, Xmen 2 - good.

And Des - I didn't say Superman was a perfect film. Neither is X-men. Toad? Storm? Sabretooth? Cyclops? Please - horribly written and badly acted. Superman The Movie was a far superior film in comparison as far as performances go. Donner took the source material seriously, and Reeve brought the character to life in a way he had never been shown before. And Brando was never superficial at best. Jor-El, Lois, Ma Kent, Pa Kent, Perry White - none of these characters were mistreated or misrepresented. Only Luthor and his henchmen were given a somewhat comical treatment. The rest was a serious attempt to bring Superman to the screen and it serves not only to inspire Singer - but Raimi as well.
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12:35PM on 09/09/2013
I definitely think the genre owes a lot to Singer's first X-Men film. Sure, you had Blade and Batman, but X-Men legitimized the comic book genre and paved the way for other filmmakers to tackle characters that you wouldn't have thought would make it to the big screen.
I definitely think the genre owes a lot to Singer's first X-Men film. Sure, you had Blade and Batman, but X-Men legitimized the comic book genre and paved the way for other filmmakers to tackle characters that you wouldn't have thought would make it to the big screen.
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