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X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer breakdown with director Bryan Singer

10.30.2013

After the first trailer for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST was released yesterday, Bryan Singer revealed some excellent details on the film to Empire while doing a breakdown of the trailer. Singer starts off by saying the trailer is definitely the first look he wanted to give the public of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

"It really is what we wanted from the first look at the movie. It's an emotional piece that has the characters and the pathos and the mission."

Bryan Singer then talked about almost every frame of the trailer, and provided some captions for the images featured in it. There are forty-two of them, so I won't be showing you all of Bryan Singer's comments (you can check out the rest here), but here are the ones I think are the most interesting and/or important.

On Wolverine's (Hugh Jackman) grey hair in the trailer: "The grey in the hair is something I took from X-Men Days Of Future Past, it’s a look in the comic," says Singer. "I liked it, even though he hasn’t really aged physically it’s something that shows how tough things have gotten in the future, and brought that out in him and given him a little more world-weariness."

On Storm's (Halle Berry) place in the film: "She’s one of the last surviving X-Men in this post-apocalyptic world. She’s part of that with Wolverine and Charles and Magneto; they’re some of the last folk standing from the original X-Men. They’re at the spearhead of this mission, this last chance at saving the world. This is their only hope, their mission into time. Can you actually go back and affect time? Can you go back and change things or will time correct itself? Will history fight you back and is your destiny pre-determined or can you change it?"

Singer on just how bad things have gotten for the mutants in the future timeline: "They’re on the run," says Singer. "There’s no organization. It’s all been shattered. Most of them have been hunted down. Most of them are dead."

On the new future mutants in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "They’re not really fresh recruits. They’re more refugees that are living day to day in this hideously ruined world. They don’t have much hope in the future. They’re on the run and they join forces with the remaining X-Men to try to do this one last attempt at fixing the world."

Bryan Signer explaining why the incredibly powerful Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is shown using a gun in the trailer: "There’s a line in the movie, ‘He’s always had a way with guns. That’s how he crippled Xavier, and he’s such a powerful mutant but in this particular moment he’s holding a gun and I like that. He’s a product of the Second World War and he knows how to use a gun as much as he does his powers."

"He’s trying to access something deep in his mind," says Singer, cryptically. "That’s what the line’s about, 'You’re going to need to do for me what I once did for you'. In X-Men 1, Logan was a lost, lonely person and Charles helped him find himself. Now the tables are turned and Logan is coming into the world from the future to find a man who’s at the end of his rope in the past."

Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) is shown in the image above, but don't you think if things are collapsing and on fire, he would be safer in his metal skin? He probably will be in his metal form for the scene, but Singer hasn't finished the CGI for it yet: "He may be his human form in that shot, I’m not sure. By that time in the sequence he may actually be metal but I have no visual effects done!" laughs Singer. "So for that shot you just get what’s on the set - a big, live, real explosion. No CGI yet. We’re in process on very elaborate effects but there’s really none of them done except for a couple of backdrops and a couple of shots I could slide in."

Singer on how Michael Fassbender's Magneto will be more like Ian McKellen's version in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "Fassbender knew that he would be, well, not sharing the frame with Ian McKellen, but sharing the movie with Ian McKellen," explains Singer, "so where on First Class he tried to be as different as possible from McKellen, because that was a very different character, he now knows as an actor he’d have to bring his performance slightly closer to Ian’s because he’s heading in that direction."

Bryan Singer confirming Wolverine will have bone claws in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "He doesn’t have his metal yet in 1973."

Singer on having older and younger versions of the same characters in his film:  "When I try to direct an actor, you always try to give them a sense of who they were as young men, who they were in their past lives, and in my imagination I always had that [with Charles and Erik]," says Singer. "I was able to introduce those notions in X-Men: First Class but to actually have them performing simultaneously on screen, that was a real thrill and a challenge."

I'd say that's a pretty in-depth trailer breakdown from Bryan Singer. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is going to be an absolutely huge movie in size and scope, but I'm optimistic it will also be a fantastic film. You can call me a "cheerleader" all you want, but I'm finding it really hard not to be excited for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, and hopefully Bryan Singer and company will deliver.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST will hit theaters on May 23rd, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: What shot did you like the most in the trailer? I loved seeing Nicholas Hoult's Beast being so, well, beastly.
Source: Empire

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6:43PM on 10/30/2013
Jesse, you're a cheerleader...but that's OK, I am too. This movie looks great and I've been sharing the trailer with all the superhero movie fans I know. Singer's comments here are detailed and insightful without being too spoilery, love it!
Jesse, you're a cheerleader...but that's OK, I am too. This movie looks great and I've been sharing the trailer with all the superhero movie fans I know. Singer's comments here are detailed and insightful without being too spoilery, love it!
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5:00PM on 10/30/2013
Thanks for sharing with us Mr. Singer. I love it when directors do this. Just glad in general that he's working on another X-MEN. It feels as if for the fans, he came back to make up for X3.
Thanks for sharing with us Mr. Singer. I love it when directors do this. Just glad in general that he's working on another X-MEN. It feels as if for the fans, he came back to make up for X3.
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3:19PM on 10/30/2013
The scene there with Colossus, obviously the CGI isn't done yet, but it looks like he's about to punch something. Wondering if we're going to get small, as well as giant Sentinels in the future.
The scene there with Colossus, obviously the CGI isn't done yet, but it looks like he's about to punch something. Wondering if we're going to get small, as well as giant Sentinels in the future.
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12:39PM on 10/30/2013
Trailer was fantastic and really set the tone of the film. I really think this might be better than The Avengers in terms of size and scope.
Trailer was fantastic and really set the tone of the film. I really think this might be better than The Avengers in terms of size and scope.
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12:18PM on 10/30/2013
Loved the trailer, I think it showcased exactly what this movie will be about. I'm curious of Xavier and Magneto will have a discussion with Wolverine about when he told them to fuck off in the bar a few years back?
Overall, I like the look of the future characters, love the design change they made to Beast, kind of wish they'd showcase more of the "past" X-Men and what their design is like, but whatever.
Loved the trailer, I think it showcased exactly what this movie will be about. I'm curious of Xavier and Magneto will have a discussion with Wolverine about when he told them to fuck off in the bar a few years back?
Overall, I like the look of the future characters, love the design change they made to Beast, kind of wish they'd showcase more of the "past" X-Men and what their design is like, but whatever.
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2:00PM on 10/30/2013
Wolverine wont remember that happening because that version of him was before he lost his memory, once he loses it, its gone and his consciousness is sent back in time, so it wont have happened for him. Plus with him living so log if he could remember, he probably wouldn't for how many times he said that to someone.
Wolverine wont remember that happening because that version of him was before he lost his memory, once he loses it, its gone and his consciousness is sent back in time, so it wont have happened for him. Plus with him living so log if he could remember, he probably wouldn't for how many times he said that to someone.
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10:33AM on 10/30/2013
Who'd have thought that the main challenger to Marvel's Marvel cinematic universe would be Marvel characters whose movie rights are controlled by Fox??? WB's at this moment in time...is going to have to battle it out with Sony for third place....and given the way the Spidey universe is shaping up…there's no certainty that Sony aren't going to give WB's a beat down too. What WB need...is for someone to try and develop an Image comics cinematic universe (are Image still around???).
Who'd have thought that the main challenger to Marvel's Marvel cinematic universe would be Marvel characters whose movie rights are controlled by Fox??? WB's at this moment in time...is going to have to battle it out with Sony for third place....and given the way the Spidey universe is shaping up…there's no certainty that Sony aren't going to give WB's a beat down too. What WB need...is for someone to try and develop an Image comics cinematic universe (are Image still around???).
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12:05PM on 10/30/2013
Technically Marvel wins anyway since it gets a cut off of Fox and Sony, so yeah WB is in a tight spot. Dont know if Image comics would work, I was a fan as a kid but most of there superhero stuff was all flash and no substance (asides from Erik Larson's stuff, loved that), don't think they could build a whole universe out've it. And to answer your question; yes Image are still around but less prominent, The Walking Dead is probably there biggest title nowadays but thats standalone and doing
Technically Marvel wins anyway since it gets a cut off of Fox and Sony, so yeah WB is in a tight spot. Dont know if Image comics would work, I was a fan as a kid but most of there superhero stuff was all flash and no substance (asides from Erik Larson's stuff, loved that), don't think they could build a whole universe out've it. And to answer your question; yes Image are still around but less prominent, The Walking Dead is probably there biggest title nowadays but thats standalone and doing pretty successfully on TV.
12:24PM on 10/30/2013
For WB, I think there biggest challenge is getting out of their own heads. They focus so much on how to adapt these characters to the screen that they end up over thinking it. Since getting MoS on screen this summer, is it really that hard to develop a world where Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Batman all exist in the same world? Not really, but somehow they manage to complicate it for themselves.
For WB, I think there biggest challenge is getting out of their own heads. They focus so much on how to adapt these characters to the screen that they end up over thinking it. Since getting MoS on screen this summer, is it really that hard to develop a world where Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Batman all exist in the same world? Not really, but somehow they manage to complicate it for themselves.
2:03PM on 10/30/2013
Marvel gets no cut from these movies, it was a one time payment. marvel has teh universe, but its all bubble gum and rainbows, nothing bad will happen to anyone ever. As opposed to a movie that showed you a future where most of its past characters are dead
Marvel gets no cut from these movies, it was a one time payment. marvel has teh universe, but its all bubble gum and rainbows, nothing bad will happen to anyone ever. As opposed to a movie that showed you a future where most of its past characters are dead
1:39PM on 10/31/2013
@cricker oh ok, i always assumed that Marvel gets a per cent just like say John Carpenter gets per cent off every Halloween sequel (he created the characters) and also the Marvel logo appears infront of any Marvel related movie even if they own the films rights or not.
@cricker oh ok, i always assumed that Marvel gets a per cent just like say John Carpenter gets per cent off every Halloween sequel (he created the characters) and also the Marvel logo appears infront of any Marvel related movie even if they own the films rights or not.
9:44AM on 10/30/2013
I think the series is in good hands.
I think the series is in good hands.
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9:27AM on 10/30/2013
Wow, this is like X-Men Film Lesson with Bryan Singer and I like that!
Wow, this is like X-Men Film Lesson with Bryan Singer and I like that!
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