Bryan Singer Talks ROGUE’s DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Removal, WOLVERINE’s Claws and APOCALYPSE: Plus Some Interesting New Pics
It seems this week has been dominated by the X-Men and Days of Future Past. We’ve had countless rumors, pictures, and magazine covers featuring Bryan Singer and his band of not so merry mutants. It seems we’ve gotten some sort of X-news every day this week, and the train is chugging along this Thursday. Today Singer explains the controversy surrounding Rogue being cut from the film as well as some teasers about Wolverine’s claws and the already announced follow-up film involving Apocalypse. There’s also some very interesting pics that may or may not reveal Scarlet Witch’s involvement in Days of Future Past.
Speaking with Empire after the marathon 25 cover reveal, Bryan Singer addressed the controversy about Rogue (Anna Paquin) getting cut from the movie. Singer had said a few months ago that he had cut a big scene involving the mutant with the deadly touch. Days of Future Past script writer Simon Kinberg said of the cut scene “It was one real sequence in the movie. We felt like it was taking tension out of the main story drive.” Singer gives Rogue fans a little hope with his comment that “It does not mean that we won’t see her in the film. Also, I hope to make the sequence available on the DVD as she was quite wonderful in it. She is an important part of the X-Men family. I ‘m very pleased she will remain as one of Empire’s anniversary covers.” So Rogue may be in the film after all, but she won’t have as big of a role since her big scene was cut.
Another odd thing fans noticed about the movie is that promotional pics have shown Hugh Jackmans’ Wolverine with both bone and Adamantium claws. The Wolverine left Fox’s favorite mutant stripped of his Adamantium. Fans knew the development wouldn’t last long, but how the metal is added to Wolverine’s claws is a big debate. Singer gives a hint about how Wolvie gets his claws back (via ScreenRant):
Director Bryan Singer explains that Magneto’s ability to manipulate metal might have something to do with it. The Master Of Magnetism could, perhaps, “reconstitute the adamantium claws… [Wolverine] has a different relationship with Magneto, and perhaps Magneto could forge them.”
Finally, Kinberg and Singer have dropped a few little teasers regarding the recently announced X-Men: Apocalypse. We know that Days of Future Past sets up Apocalypse and that it will be released on May 27, 2016 but everything else is up in the air for now. While sharing his thoughts about Apocalypse, Singer said that the movie will be more of a First Class sequel than anything. He added:
One thing that interests me is the notion of ancient mutants. What would people thousands of years ago, without the benefit of science, think mutants were? And more importantly, what would mutants thousands of years ago think they were? Gods? Titans? Angels? Demons? And if such mutants did exist thousands of years ago, what became of them? Did one survive?
It’s safe to assume that the one survivor Singer is wondering about is Apocalypse. The big bad X-Men villain will be causing quite a bit of trouble for whichever mutants survive Days of Future Past. Kinberg added that he loves the Apocalypse storyline and that it’s a great follow up to Days of Future Past. Says the writer “Age of Apocalypse was one of my favorite stores. We like the stakes of it, and it feels like a story that could impact a lot of our favorite characters in big, dramatic ways. We feel it’s a very different story from Days of Future Past. For starters, it’s a very different villain, and the characters will be in very different places emotionally.“
SuperHeroHype had a few new pics from the latest issue of Empire that shows off the Days of Future Past cast. One thing that stands out is Quicksilver (Evan Peters) posing for an awkward *possible* family photo. Singer Twitter teased the Maximoff’s house, but is that Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch as a child? That would be a big departure from the source but that’s never been a concern for Singer. What do you think?