Bryan Singer On DAYS OF FUTURE PAST And How The X-MEN Are The ‘Bastard Stepchild’ Of The Comic Book World
We’ve seen countless character portraits, stills, and behind the scenes images for Bryan Singer‘s X-Men inbetweequel, Days of Future Past, but now we’re at the point in marketing where set visits and the like start popping up. We’ve heard a little from Singer and the cast about a few of the film’s plot points, but now the director is talking about the differences between Fox and Marvel as well as opening up about the film’s overall theme and scale.
IGN posted the second part of their interview with the director from their recent set visit. Singer covered some ground we’ve heard before on numerous occasions, but he really dived into the question regarding the popularity of the X-Men versus that of the Marvel Studios corral of characters. Singer says that the X-Men have long been the ‘bastard stepchild‘ of the comic book universe:
I am conscious of the audience outside the fan base, particularly with X-Men. Because if you really compare the success of the X-Men films versus the Marvel films, you see Marvel’s reach is so much greater. My mom, everyone knows who Hulk is and Spider-Man — well, that’s Sony, but it’s still Marvel. But X-Men has always been a little bit of the bastard stepchild of the comic book universe. It’s its own thing, it’s very rooted in… it sort of exists on the outside. And it’s not instantly… I didn’t initially know who Wolverine was or any of that, but I knew who Spider-Man was and who Batman was. So it’s important to help make a film that… what I hope with this one, because it deals with so much more and our cast is pretty big, that I can reach a little outside the X-Men bubble of exposure and interest.
Singer was notorious for not allowing any comic books on the set of his X-Men films, so it’s easy to see why his comments might not ring 100% accurate to comic book fans. Hugh Jackman has said many times he had Wolverine comics smuggled onto the set and even had his first exposure to the Japanese saga during one of those illegal reading sessions. The director has supposedly lightened up since those days, so maybe he’s gone back and read up on things for Days of Future Past. From what he says about the film’s theme, it sounds like he’s a little more on point:
It’s a really great universe with a great set of characters, and the word I was thinking of earlier was “thematic” — it’s steeped in… the theme interested me, about a bunch of outsiders. [This film continues that theme by establishing] that certain villain characters may have been right in their fears, and it confronts the notions of hope and second chances. That makes no sense out of context, but I think it’s about characters trying to find themselves that are lost. In X-Men one and two, those particular characters knew who they were, and these characters are all lost and they are trying to keep it together.
While the theme is going to be darker and more mature than what we saw with First Class, it’s also going to be the biggest X-Men film to date. We know that the budget it said to be the largest for a movie since Avatar, so that increased budget means there will be a much, much larger scale to things. Singer said “In terms of scale, it’s the biggest X-Men movie. There’s lots of carnage and powers!” Some of that carnage will undoubtedly come at the metal hands of the Sentinels. Hopefully the next trailer gives us a good look at Bolivar Trask‘s crowning achievement. What do you think about Singer‘s comments?