Two New Promo Images from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Matthew Vaughn Explains Why He Didn’t Return to Direct

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Fox has released two new X-Men: Days of Future Past promo images of Storm (Halle Berry) and Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) in case you forgot what the characters look like or who’s playing them.  The story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels—giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  I assume Fox is going to handle this like the Empire covers, so expect about 500 more of these.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and to learn why X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn didn’t return to direct the sequel.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd, and also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Patrick Stewart.

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In an interview with Empire, Vaughn says:

“It didn’t excite me enough. The thing that was exciting about it was bringing all these actors together. What a cast! But I’ve worked with great actors and I just thought, ‘I’ve got to do my own thing.’”

His “own thing” won’t completely be an original story since he’s adapting Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ comic The Secret Service, but I understand what Vaughn is saying.  X-Men is a big franchise, and he could never really take ownership, although he breathed fresh life back into it.  He added:

“The script was great for X-Men, but I had Secret Service in my head. And this has always been Bryan’s machine. It’s come full circle.”




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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Matt Vaughn, who I love as a director, can sometimes piss me off about his follow ups w his projects. But between leaving projects mid way through (looking at you X3) and not giving us the proper sequel to Kick Ass, the guy just seems afraid that he can’t make a sequel as good as the 1st film. I just hope Singer brought his A game to this movie and can deliver something as good as X2.

    • McA

      Yeah, I kind of agree. I’m a big fan but I get frustrated with him a lot. Vaughn has, in some interview in the past, discussed an aversion to sequels but I think both Kick Ass and The Secret Service are meant to act simultaneously as stand alone movies and franchise starters. I reckon he likes the building of a world but is happy to leave any additions to that to other directors.

      To be honest, Kick Ass didn’t need a sequel and Vaughn likely saw that. But he also likely saw the economics and as a producer (that was his first ever gig after all) you’re always going to want to make more money. So in the instance of Kick Ass, he gets it both ways. Artistic credibility maintained whilst also making some coin. Though Kick Ass 2 was such a mediocre affair, I doubt it did the same business as the original.

      With X Men and as Matt said, I figure he wanted to go one way and Singer and Co wanted to go another. I get the impression Vaughn wanted to make a direct sequel to First Class. From what I can tell, there’s no hard feelings as Vaughn was effusive in his praise for Singer as a producer on First Class. It is, for better or worse, Singer’s thing. I would’ve really liked to have seen a Vaughn sequel where he had the bulk of creative control but we’ll find out soon if Singer has got his mojo back.

      For me X2, whilst good, hasn’t aged that well. It seems folks fall into two camps with X Men. Those who think First Class is the best X Men movie and those who think X2 is. First Class isn’t perfect but it does hold up well and it got a lot right, particularly in terms of tone and the team dynamic. Plus for the first time, I really think they got the Magneto character right. Nothing against McKellen, he’s great but I was rooting for Fassbender’s Magneto throughout the entire movie. Even at the end when he’s about to send those missiles back. ‘I’ve been at the mercy of men just following orders. Never again!’ I think I whooped in the theater at that point.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        I loved First Class but I think Singer set the mark w X2 and from there people, like Vaughn, can always improve. I’m not sure who I’d want directing this as I feel w Vaughn you know it’ll be good but w Singer it’s either going to be great or it’s going to miss the mark entirely.

      • JBug

        I think Vaughn is great at making something fresh, while Singer is better for making something more epic. I also think Singer likes X-Men more than Vaughn, but who knows what’s real and what’s is brand management.

      • McA

        Yeah, I think it’s either going to be great or fall completely flat myself. I think (I hope!) it’ll be great though. The cast. If he gets the balance right, I think Singer could make the best comic book adaptation but we’ll find out soon enough. The story is impossibly epic and time travel is usually a pretty cool device.

        I’m hoping the script is tight (it should be with Vaughn and Goldman contributing) and that they keep a lot of the score from First Class. Particularly Magneto’s badass cue. If they do away with that, I’ll be pissed.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Singer wrote and produced First Class, ignorance can be the only reason why you don’t have faith in him.

      • McA

        Singer wrote the outline for the story. Not the script. That was rewritten heavily by Vaughn, Goldman and uncredited work by Kinberg. Lack of faith is Singer isn’t unfounded if you were to go by his recent movies. In fact, it’s a very fair comment. I think he’ll pull it off but time will tell.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Or Jack the Giant Slayer and Superman Returns. Both are underwhelming films that weren’t outright terrible but weren’t good either and this is coming from a big fan of the Reeves films.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Valkyrie was pretty good.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Yea Valkyrie was a good film. I forgot about that one.

      • X-Mike

        oh, and don’t forget the other reasons why you don’t have faith in him…the other X-Men movies….booooorrrring! Snooze fest! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

      • X-Mike

        oh, and don’t forget the other reasons why you don’t have faith in him…the other X-Men movies….booooorrrring! Snooze fest! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

      • 80sRobot

        Yeah, I always had the impression that Vaughn wanted to continue from FC as a reboot of the entire X-Men franchise. Singer, though, has this weird geeky fixation for merging continuities, as evidenced in his Superman Returns, which attempted to serve as a quasi-sequel to the Donner movies. I suspect Vaughn is being polite here in his reasons for not continuing, but as you pointed out, he may also have an aversion to sequels, and probably really wanted to focus on Secret Service, instead of fighting over X-Men.

        I think X2 is highly overrated. It was overlong and its plot felt all over the place, unfocused, compared to the original X-Men (which I prefer over X2), which moves briskly. I fear that Days of Future Past will be a lot like X2.

      • Aquartertoseven

        X2 holds up very well, it’s only a decade old after all! And of course First Class would hold up, it’s been less than 3 years!!! Fassbender, McAvoy and to a lesser extent Bacon made that film, the rest of the X-Men in that film were pretty naff to be honest.

      • McA

        I know what you mean, slightly unfair comparison but I’ve watched First Class a lot more than X2 mainly because First Class had more to come back to. Good script, good costumes and score etc but the acting was a serious step up from the previous movies. Plus Vaughn is an interesting director from a composition point of view. There’s always an interesting angle or something in the frame… I just like his directing style a lot and would prefer it to Singer’s overall.

        X2 is good no doubt but it doesn’t have the same replay value for me. Plus I still don’t like how Cyclops was wasted for most of the movie (and the franchise) and those awful black leather costumes.

      • Aquartertoseven

        I get what you mean; Stardust, First Class, Kick Ass, Vaughan leaves him stamp on all of his films, and I’m a big fan of what he does.

        I like the black leather, it’s snazzy and far more agreeable to the eye than the group’s usual costumes. Don’t get me wrong, it would be nice for each of them to have their own unique look, but the 90s costumes need to stay in the 90s; they wouldn’t translate well to general audiences.

      • paul h

        Layer Cake (’04) was vaughns first directing gig actually, and he’s been a producer on Guy Richies films since Lock Stock… (’98. omg, where’s the time gone) iirc.

      • paul h

        I think my reply got lost… (sorry if this shows up twice!)

        Layer Cake (’04) was vaughns first directing gig, and he’s been a producer since since Guy Richies Lock Stock… (’98).

      • The Flobbit

        X2 is brilliant. And so is First Class. But when it comes to sheer influentiality, power, drama, and action, X2 always takes the cake. Everything from the opening White House invasion to Brian Cox’s amazing Stryker to the final battle is amazing.

        First Class, however, is endlessly rewatchable. Also inspired.

    • AManWithAKilt

      I can understand why someone would want to avoid the sequel machine (if that is the real reason, of course).

    • The Flobbit

      If the cast and production design have any say in it, this will be Singer’s best film in a long, long time.

  • vpuik

    I was on the fence about this movie, but after seeing these posters, now I’m pumped!
    (Said no one ever)

    • Bob

      Love this. All these posters actually worry me. They look so bad, and Quicksilvers poster/costume looks so bad it worries me even more.

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  • Christian

    Things can’t be too bad in the future if Halle Berry can do the Blue Steel pose in front of the crumbling White House.

  • Steven

    These look awful. I’m sure the film will be good but these look dopey.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      It’s why I want to see a trailer w actual special effects in them as the 1st one released back in October was just after they wrapped up production. I’m finding it weird that we are 3 months away and we haven’t seen any new footage since.

  • http://moviefy.net/ Yahzee

    … “in case you forgot what the characters look like or who’s playing them” some people never change *sigh*

  • paul h

    Vaughn’s a co-creator of Secret Service, I’d say that qualifies as being “his own thing”.

  • Johnny209

    If anything this shows how smart of a man he is. KA and FC were great films, he left X3 because he felt it wasn’t right ( he turned out to be very right ) he made KA which was great and a huge success. Leaves that franchise to do something new with XMEN. FC was great, but leaves again when he felt it wasn’t that great. I wish more directors would turn down projects when they don’t feel like there great. The studio will make it no matter what, but the director is protecting his name by only working with the best scripts.

  • Johnny209

    If anything this shows how smart of a man he is. KA and FC were great films, he left X3 because he felt it wasn’t right ( he turned out to be very right ) he made KA which was great and a huge success. Leaves that franchise to do something new with XMEN. FC was great, but leaves again when he felt it wasn’t that great. I wish more directors would turn down projects when they don’t feel like there great. The studio will make it no matter what, but the director is protecting his name by only working with the best scripts.

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