11:23am PT by Graeme McMillan
Bryan Singer Tweets Answers, Teases About 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
Thanks to being "a bit ahead of schedule" on the editing of next year's X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer took on fan questions about the new movie today through Twitter, revealing a little more about what to expect from the mutant superhero time-travel team-up.
Promising "a lot" of new mutants in the movie -- "Blink, Bishop, Sunspot, Warpath, Ink, Quicksilver, etc." he teased -- Singer described DOFP as "a bit darker than the previous films, particularly because of the stakes" ("There is a great deal of humor," however). It's not just the movie that's darker -- Mystique will be "a much more hardened kick-ass character" than she was in X-Men: First Class, Singer promised.
Asked what it was like to bring together the casts of both the First Class and the original movie series, Singer responded by describing the experience as "awesome, and slightly intimidating." He went on, "I was real comfortable with the original cast and knew the [First Class] cast as a writer/producer but not yet as a director, with the exception of Nicholas Hoult of course -- but they were all fantastic and made the experience fun."
Singer also credited the cast with managing to make the movie seem both fresh and "traditional," calling them "great actors who know their characters -- who know how to bring them to life." Promising that we'll see the Sentinels in action in the movie, he explained that the giant robot mutant hunters are part of what brought him back to the X-Men franchise. "I love the characters," he wrote. "There's always a new place to go in the X-Men universe."
Tomorrow sees the debut of a full trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which Singer described as "primarily a character piece, as most of our VFX are not yet finished." What may be on show in the trailer, however, are some of the period touches present in the finished movie to make it authentic to the 1970s setting. Singer teased echoes "in the colors, some of the style [and] music," adding that he "used 16 [and] 8 mm footage which I operated myself for some scenes."
X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released in May 2014.