SDCC ’13 Fox Panel Recap: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Wolverine & Days of Future Past
Today proved to be a chaotic one, with Warner Brothers starting things off with a bang, announcing that a Superman/Batman movie would be the follow-up to an of Steel, with Henry Cavill reprising his role and a new actor coming in to take on the role of Batman. That movie will be arriving in theaters in 2015. But enough of that panel, I’m here to bring you information regarding Twentieth Century Fox and their three movies being represented at SDCC: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Wolverine and Days of Future Past.
First up is Matt Reeves’ sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The director took to the stage to discuss the film and where it lands as far as time lines go, roughly about 10 years after the first film. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be Caeser-centric, as it should be, with the character having a family of his own- a wife, a teenage son and an infant. The Leader of the apes also has a council to help him guide the community of 2,000 apes. At this time, Reeves brings the cast onto the stage- Kerri Russell, Andy Serkis and Jason Clarke. Before a clip is shown, Reeves informs the crowd that because filming is still happening, non of the CG work is complete and it takes quite a while to complete the work on just one ape. On to the clip, which was mostly centered on the humans and how they are fairing since the disease outbreak from the first film. (via I09)
We caught one super intense shot of Caesar, as the trailer zooms out from his eyes. He’s covered with war paint and his face is aged and grim as he stands in front of his group of apes. A human is calling out “I want to talk to Caesar!” and he does not respond. Instead, he sits there and slowly brings down one hand, signalling his ape army to charge. That’s actually the final shot of the teaser we saw. The rest of the short teaser focused on the hardship the human race is doing after the plague at the end of the first movie. People are crammed into small refugee camps, struggling to survive, hiding in the forest. A human, probably Jason Clarke, is shouting to the other humans that they need to know what they’re up against — and “it’s not just about power, it’s about giving us the hope to rebuild what we’ve lost.”
Reeves went on to discuss his love of this franchise and how he wanted to be an ape as a kid. His goal for this film was to “make the audience feel like apes, ‘on a grander scale’ than the first one. Serkis confirmed that the apes have moved beyond standard ape vocalizations and are now using vocabulary.
From here, the panel moved on to James Mangold’s The Wolverine which heads to theaters later this week. We’ve already seen a few trailers from this film, so folk weren’t expecting too much from this group. The director and Hugh Jackman took to the stage and the pair discuss the Logan that we will be seeing, specifically getting “inside the anger and the rage.” This is a message that Mangold continued to reiterate through the entire panel. A new clip was also shown that once again sees Wolverine slicing his way through Japan. At the end, Logan is battling a samurai and is run through the heart with a sword. When he doesn’t die, the samurai asks, “what kind of a monster are you?” After revealing his claws and introducing them violently to the samurai, Jackman grunts, “The Wolverine.” Of course, the audience when haywire for that scene. This is where Bryan Singer hits the stage.
We are not moving on to Days of Future Past. Singer announces that even though they are still in the midst of filming, he has put together a small 3D sizzle reel for the comic-con. The clip seemed to focus on the older cast, which obviously is set in the future, where things are much different than either Professor X or Magneto had ever planned (via Deadline)
The clip showed Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen’s Professor X and a contrite Magneto asking Wolverine to go back into the past to convince their younger selves (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) to open their minds toward avoiding a mutant war against humanity.
It sounds as though there were numerous mutants shown, including the two Xaviers (James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart) meeting face-to-face. Naturally, the clip got the audience all sorts of riled up. At this point, Singer introduced a long list of names, including Omar Sy, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Stewart, McKellen, Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Evan Peters, Shawn Ashmore and Peter Dinklage. The latter received one of the biggest pops of the night who has become a geek favorite for his role in Game of Thrones. The cast took a few questions, where we learned a few things about some of the newer characters. Evan Peters, who is playing Quicksilver, says the character is “very fast” and “a bit of a spaz.” Singer added that the character would be wearing a 70’s costume, so we can plan on him being a part of the “First Class” group rather than the futuristic crowd. One fan asked if there were plans to include Deadpool in the X-Men universe, to which Singer responded “Not this time, says Singer, but there’s a lot of room for expanding the X-Men film universe.”
That pretty much wraps it up. We were hoping that an announcement regarding Deadpool would be made, or at least a progress report, but aside from the question above, the topic never came up. Another franchise we were anticipating some news on is Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. For some time now, Michael B. Jordan has been rumored for the role of Johnny Storm and many thought we would get confirmation on that, but no so such luck.
Overall, the Fox panel provided for some great moments and one of the most impressive collection of actors ever gathered at SDCC. From the description of all three of the clips shown, we are in for a treat with these three properties. As a reminder, The Wolverine hit theaters later this week, with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hitting July 18th, 2014 and Days of Future Past arriving May 23rd, 2014.
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