Bryan Singer Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Says Tone Is Darker Than the Previous Films

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The first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past will be unleashed tomorrow, and if it’s anything like the footage I saw at Comic-Con this past summer, we’re in for one hell of a treat.  Director Bryan Singer is currently knee-deep in post-production on the sequel/prequel, but earlier today he took some time away from editing to do a short Q&A on Twitter.  While he noted that tomorrow’s trailer is “primarily a character piece” due to most of the visual effects not being finished, he did offer up some interesting nuggets of info about the film including its tone, the evolution of some of the characters, new mutants (including a Deadpool mention), and a “Blurred Lines” dance break on set.  Read the highlights after the jump.

x-men-days-future-past-teaser-poster-professor-xOver on Singer’s Twitter, the director spoke a bit about the film’s tone in relation to the other X-Men movies:

Q: How would you characterize the tone and style of Days of Future Past?

A: Though there is a great deal of humor, the overall tone is a bit darker than previous films, particularly because of the stakes.

As for the film’s style, Singer utilized different film formats to capture the various time periods:

Q: Stylistically, First Class echoed the Bond movies of the 60s. Should we expect DoFP to echo 70s cinema in some fashion?

A: Yes, in the colors, some of the style & music. I also used 16 & 8mm footage which I operated myself for some scenes which was fun.

The filmmaker also teased new mutants both in the film and one’s he’d like to use at some point:

Q: How many new X-Men characters are in the new film?

A: A lot – Blink, Bishop, Sunspot, Warpath, Ink, Quicksilver, etc.

Q: Is there any X-Men character that you haven’t used that you would like to?

A: Yeah, Gambit, Deadpool, and a few others I’d rather not mention.

Singer noted that he’s actually ahead of schedule with regards to the editing process on the film:

Q: What scene are you editing right now?

A: I’m tinkering with a piece in the opening that helps set up the story – but I’m in a good place with the cut. A bit ahead of schedule.

x-men-days-of-future-jennifer-lawrenceWith regards to the evolution of Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, Singer confirmed that the character is rather different in DoFP:

Q: Mystique has been a fun character to see in the movies. What can we expect to see from her in DoFP?

A: She’s a much more hardened kick-ass character than she was in First Class.

And for anyone still doubting whether we’ll get to see the Sentinels in all their glory:

Q: Will we finally get to see the Sentinels in action?

A: Yes. :)

Finally, it appears that not even the hardened male cast of X-Men can resist the pull of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

Q: What was the funniest moment on set with the entire cast?

A: In between shooting a serious scene on Xavier’s private jet, Michael, Nick, Hugh and James dancing to #BlurredLines #IHaveTheFootage

Check back here on Collider tomorrow morning at 6am PT to watch the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The film opens in 3D on May 23, 2014.

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  • HeyZeusKreesto

    Alright, it’ll be posted just in time to see it when I wake up tomorrow. I know Singer has had a couple missteps with other movies after he did X-Men, but everything I’ve seen so far makes me think he did things right.

  • Ridge

    hope Gambit or Deadpool make a cameo in a post credits scene

    • The Flobbit

      I would so dig that.

  • The Flobbit

    Hmm…darker. Okay, so long as you keep the tone enjoyable and accessible, put in human stakes and emotion, while keeping it all fun, action-packed, and riveting. If anyone can pull off dark and complex it’s Singer.

    • Me

      It’s pretty hard for me to imagine a take on DoFP that isn’t dark.. In the original story The Sentinels wipe basically the entire Mavel universe of characters out in the future setting. Basically Mr Fantasic and a couple of mutants are all that are left at the beginning of the story…

      • The Flobbit

        Oh yeah. The comic was disturbing. Seeing the casual rows of dead mutants and superheroes – Spider-Man, the Avengers, Cyclops, Professor X…it was chilling to say the least. Chilling.

        The great thing is that it was dark, but had a fun tone, too.

      • The Flobbit

        Oh yeah. The comic was disturbing. Seeing the casual rows of dead mutants and superheroes – Spider-Man, the Avengers, Cyclops, Professor X…it was chilling to say the least. Chilling.

        The great thing is that it was dark, but had a fun tone, too.

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

    I feel like Deadpool is going to make some sort of cameo as Ryan Reynolds stated something recently regarding some progress has been made on the development. Here’s hoping that Singer can keep the pace that First Class started. Really wish they would fix the mistake of killing Cyclopse in X:3. It would be awesome if it’s discovered to be a big secret that he makes an appearance.

    • Mekt_Ranzz

      It’s possible that Cyclops and other unexpected characters might make an entrance. If you read the X-Men comic books from the early eighties, it’s indicated that the time travel in Days of Future Past might actually be something else (sorry, I’m not going to spoil it for you).

  • JBug

    I miss Nightcrawler, but Azazel helps fill the void. I’m really hoping he’s in DOFP.

    • NICK НΛRT

      he isnt

      • JBug

        I guess that’s why they’re bringing in Blink. This only reinforces the notion that most of the baddies in these X-Men movies are just faceless henchmen.Mystique/Pyro are the only survivors.

  • Kevin

    Ahh, “darker”. Love those buzzwords.

    • brNdon

      At least they didn’t use “grittier.”

  • JBug

    Are we expecting a full trailer or just a 30 second teaser? Anybody?

    • GunzOfNavarone

      Full trailer, apparently, although it will be the first teaser, so I’m guessing it’ll clock in at around 1:30.

      • http://www.pcass.co.uk Andrew Shaw

        It’ll be 2 minutes and 15 seconds. The BBFC recently classified the trailer and that’s the runtime they gave.

      • http://www.pcass.co.uk Andrew Shaw

        It’ll be 2 minutes and 15 seconds. The BBFC recently classified the trailer and that’s the runtime they gave.

  • Sasha bigna

    I am so looking forward to ‘X-MEN – Days Of Future Past’, I have enjoyed all the ‘X-MEN’ films so far, and this one looks to be another awesome ‘X-MEN’ film! Any idea when a complete box set of ‘X-MEN – The Animated Series’ (1992-1997) will get a DVD re-relase box set? I already have the 5 volumes on DVD, but a complete box set with a combination of the artwork on the DVD’s or maybe new artwork and some extra’s would be so cool to coincide with the release of ‘X-MEN – Days Of Future Past’ release date!

  • chester

    All hells to the yes! This movie is shaping to be quite the ultimate epic! All the X-men films are exciting and better than the Marvel/disney movies. Thor 2 had way to much humor and so did iron man 3 and that was not the only things wrong with those two movies.

    I hope 20TH Century Fox is making more X -men movies after this one. X 4 Should be next.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Let’s hope they will not kill again Pr Xavier and Cyclops.

  • LIKE IT IS!!!

    BRIAN SINGER IS A HACK! HE HAS MADE TWO GOOD FILMS AND KILLED THE REST! WHY DOES ANYONE AT ALL CARE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY ABOUT ANYTHING?!?!?!?!?!? IS EVERYONE TAKING CRAZY PILLS!

    • Keyser Soze

      What about The Usually Suspects? Best Bryan Singer film!!!!

      “Hand me the keys, you Fuuccking Cocck-Sucker!”

      • LIKE IT IS!!!

        Right you are. That is a great film and that is indeed a great line. Its just pretty much all the rest bar xmen that suck the nuts.

    • Keyser Soze

      What about The Usually Suspects? Best Bryan Singer film!!!!

      “Hand me the keys, you Fuuccking Cocck-Sucker!”

    • sn

      you suck jj’s jewish meatballs, it is like crack, lay off it idiot.

      • LIKE IT IS!!!

        You are discredited because you are anti-semitic. Racism shows you are too stupid to come up with valid arguments. Next.

      • sn

        Right you are. I’m sorry. I am a racist. I’ll try and think of more interesting things to say next time. Its just that i don’t really have anything interesting at all to say and i’ve never really done anything with my life so I make fun of people’s religions to make myself feel like i actually matter.

      • LIKE IT IS!!!

        Brother, i know. I get it. You are a nothing. Its okay. I try to understand. Look, you can get help you know. There are people out there who can educate you, get you thinking clearly and having valid unracist, non-idiotic responses. Seriously, you could be someone great. You just have to break this stupid cycle you are in.

      • sn

        Thank you. I won’t be racist again. I’m just jealous and angry. I’m sorry. I hope you don’t hate me.

      • LIKE IT IS!!!

        Look its hard not to hate you. But the truth is i just feel sorry for you. Get some help, my friend. Maybe get out there and do something important. Something that’ll help you love the world around you rather than being a petty stupid egonetric, anti-social sad little man. I have faith you can do this. I wish you luck.

      • sn

        Thank you. You are a legend. I really appreciate it.

      • Weatherboard

        Wow, LiKE IT IS!! That was really well handled. When i read your comment i was a little upset too. I love singer after all. But the way you talked to sn just now. You are a good guy.

      • Domjat

        I feel like I’m watching some guy talk to himself using 3 different voices on local Cable Access.

    • sn

      you suck jj’s jewish meatballs, it is like crack, lay off it idiot.

    • lordjim

      he made only one bad film so it´s clearly the other way round you overexcited troll…

      • LET IT IS!!!

        You obviously haven’t seen Jack The Giant Slayer, Superman Returns, Apt Pupil, or Public Access, YOU condescending fairy.

  • LIKE IT IS!!!

    BRIAN SINGER IS A HACK! HE HAS MADE TWO GOOD FILMS AND KILLED THE REST! WHY DOES ANYONE AT ALL CARE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY ABOUT ANYTHING?!?!?!?!?!? IS EVERYONE TAKING CRAZY PILLS!

  • Job 314

    I want APOCALYPSE!!!

    And I wonder how they’re going to fix Wolverine’s claws? Adamantium is indestructible. Bryan Singer and Brett Rater were the only ones who understood that. Everyone else has totally messed it up so bad by making it able to be destroyed. It’s so stupid!

    I hope Singer fixes it and puts a mention in about how his Adamantium was actually only a secondary version, then fixes the claws with primary.

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