Bryan Singer Discusses Time Travel In X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

The X-Men: Days of Future Past director reveals that he has spoken to Terminator director James Cameron in order to figure out the mechanics of how that particular plot point will work in the highly anticipated sequel to 2011's X-Men: First Class. Read on for details!

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By Josh Wilding - 1/28/2013
Talking in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer has shared his thoughts on the tricky task of tackling time travel in the upcoming sequel. In the comic book arc of the same name, Kitty Pryde travelled back in time from an apocalyptic future where mutants are hunted down by Sentinels in order to change the past and thereby the future (confused yet?). It's widely assumed that the movie will take a similar route, although it sounds as if we should expect to see more than just Shadowcat bumping into a younger version of herself.


"It's epic. We get to bring both casts together. We've cracked it in a way that makes sense. I had a two-hour conversation with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses and all that. You have to create your rules and stick with them. That's what makes Terminator and Back To The Future work so well. And there are certain mechanisms in X-Men, certain powers, perceptions and characters, that make this possible. More than any of the movies I've made, it comes to me much more quickly than on other films. With Superman Returns I struggled a lot. I guess it's either my history with the X-Men universe or I have some kind of knack for this particular story."


Well, I think we're ALL hoping that Singer's return to the realm of comic book movies is more successful than his ill-fated take on the Man of Steel back in 2006! Regardless, the director is undeniably talking to the right people when it comes to time travel and despite some fans not being a fan of how he handled a few of the mutant superheroes, there's no denying that he has a good grasp on the X-Men after his two critically acclaimed contributions to the 20th Century Fox franchise. Be sure to sound off with your thoughts on Singer's comments in the usual place!


Source: Empire Magazine
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ahhmynuts - 1/28/2013, 7:31 AM
this movie's gonna be so much freakin fun
AlternateNo4 - 1/28/2013, 7:31 AM
you struggled on superman returns? you don't say.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 1/28/2013, 7:34 AM
Hope it's more of the old cast than the new one. Don't get me wrong, McAvoy did okay, but he's got nothing on Stewart. Michael did better than Ian, but that was about it. Let this film be a gateway for X movies with the old cast, dump the new. First Class was a pitiful X-Men movie.

marvel72 - 1/28/2013, 7:34 AM
as long as it features time travel,the cast from the original trilogy & 20"ft sentinels i'll give this film a chance.
TheSonicScrew - 1/28/2013, 7:34 AM
Superman Returns was a great movie, it was just a horrible Superman movie. Same way Ang Lee's Hulk was a good film, but a terrible Hulk one.

Either way I've faith in Singer, cannot WAIT for this.
JatevinM - 1/28/2013, 7:34 AM
I hate when people act like Superman Returns was a horrible movie because it wasn't. It wasn't this great Superman epic that everyone wanted but it was a decent movie. Singer wouldn't have had such a problem if he hadn't tried to pay so much homage to the Christopher Reeves movies.
JatevinM - 1/28/2013, 7:35 AM
I'm still waiting to see Storm.
dezdigi - 1/28/2013, 7:37 AM
I'm excited for this one. Can't wait till they start filming. SENTINELS, MF'S!!!
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 1/28/2013, 7:38 AM
I guess it's either my history with the X-Men universe or I have some kind of knack for this particular story"


You mean when you said comics aren't "Good Literature"? Is that what you meant by your history with the X-Men Universe?
FennecPilot - 1/28/2013, 7:39 AM
@AlternateNo4 - What do you do for a living? You want to take a stab at a multi-million dollar budget movie and make it work?

Go for it.
StrangerX - 1/28/2013, 7:41 AM
Im excited to see how this turns out
thalidomide - 1/28/2013, 7:45 AM
Alright I'm sold but still not 100% excited but I'm going to see the movie.
GUNSMITH - 1/28/2013, 7:46 AM
X2 WAS GOOD..X1 WAS OK BUT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER..I JUST DESPISE THE LEATHER CYCLE SUITS.. UGG
MJPETTY7 - 1/28/2013, 7:47 AM
I give him props for admitting his struggles with Superman Returns, but he shouldn't have jumped ship with X3. It could have been much better with him.
ahhmynuts - 1/28/2013, 7:47 AM
@marvelpsycho
oh yeah because comicbooks and movies are the same exact thing. think about it...whats easier; writing a comic about time travel or making movie about time travel?...
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 1/28/2013, 7:48 AM
LOL, @GUNSMITH Come on.... You mean to tell me you didn't like Wolverine in Bail-Bottom Chaps? Haha. My Brother and I always couldn't figure out why they just street clothes the whole time.
ATrueHero1987 - 1/28/2013, 7:48 AM
He talked to James Cameron...good. Still idk about this movie. Plus, wouldn't there be a more dramatic effect if the original cast(in this case, the future versions) would be dead...like in the books?!
FireKnightRises - 1/28/2013, 7:49 AM
Hey Singer if you're really want to learn about how time travel works in X-Men, instead talking with james cameron why you're not read the damn comics!!
ahhmynuts - 1/28/2013, 7:55 AM
wow i cant believe people are getting mad at singer for asking for some advice from the man that made one of the best time travel movies in the terminator. whats wrong with that?? hes for advice from a movie making standpoint. you guys are so stupid
Ranger14 - 1/28/2013, 8:00 AM
"I hate when people act like Superman Returns was a horrible movie because it wasn't."

Your opinion, in which you are entitled to. My opinion is much different than yours. It was a horrible movie. :-P
superotherside - 1/28/2013, 8:01 AM
Ehhhhhh... waiting for reviews at least.
gambgel - 1/28/2013, 8:04 AM
Cant wait for the teaser trailer already and have a clear sense of the level of action of this movie. Its such an epic plot, with so much potential
FOOM - 1/28/2013, 8:06 AM
We''ve all had our issues with Singer but he really seems to trying to put something special together here. While I'm sceptical I hope he does manage to pull it off.
ahhmynuts - 1/28/2013, 8:08 AM
@marvelpsycho
thats the storyline. thats been estblished probably months ago. but apply it to the film aspect of the whole thing is going to be difficult. you can do the same storyline in hundreds of ways. we've seen movies that look awesome but story wise were not great and vice versa. i just dont see whats wrong with getting some advice from one of the best directors in time-travel history.
DVonShakari - 1/28/2013, 8:09 AM
I think that all of us comic fans could collectively come up with and agree on a better direction for this storyline...Singer makes me worry. Damn str8 you struggled on Superman Returns....ya fumbled man! turnover on downs!!
EdgyOutsider - 1/28/2013, 8:21 AM
I'm so excited. Bryan Singer was made to direct X-Men. I can't wait to see what he does with Days of Future Past, although we have to expect it to not be a full fledged adaptation. It's kinda funny, that out of the superhero movies coming out the next couple years outside of The Avengers. The ones I'm looking forward to the most are: Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Wolverine. Both are incredibly unique for the comicbook films.
HULK2099 - 1/28/2013, 8:21 AM
Ahhh if only James Cameron made a comic book film. But singer is the only guy for X-Men there is no other, if it's ever rebooted they should still bring him back
ahhmynuts - 1/28/2013, 8:26 AM
@marvelpsycho
is that right? not too difficult. yeah sure maybe if its just about a kid and an old guy with a dalorean. its simple then. but when its time travel by mutants and crossing into movies that were already done a decade ago and characters that are already established combined with the new guys...how is that not too difficult again? please explain that to me because you seem to know what to do.
Durango95 - 1/28/2013, 8:30 AM
@HULK2099

you must be a homo.I came to that conclusion as thats the only reason for an endorsement of Singer for any CBM.
DVonShakari - 1/28/2013, 8:30 AM
I know deep deep down in my heart that better talent can be found to direct this movie....
Valandil - 1/28/2013, 8:30 AM
Yeah, listen to James Cameron.
soberchimera - 1/28/2013, 8:31 AM
2006 was a shitty year for CBM's, we could have had a great third X-Men movie had Singer stayed on board and possibly a good Superman movie had another director taken the reins. But instead we got a shitty X-men movie and an even shittier Superman movie.
JatevinM - 1/28/2013, 8:32 AM
I have never understood why people come on an article just to talk crap about the movie. I mean if you dont like the X-men franchise then why come on to every article pertaining to it just to say how much you hate it and how much you hope it fails? It gets old pretty quick and it harshes the mood of those of us who do actually enjoy these movies and who actually want them to succeed.
Jackraow21 - 1/28/2013, 8:36 AM
I wouldn't mind seeing something like the old cartoon or the recent X-Force series where they jumped in time using these arm bands that hold them in that time period. Forge could whip something like that up, and at the end they all take them off to jump back.

Having said that, if we don't get the scene where Wolverine is melted down to his skeleton in the future and killed by a Sentinel then I will feel cheated. So hopefully that happens and he isn't among those who jump back.

I also think it will be tragic if they don't use this movie---an X-men movie about frickin' time travel---to introduce Cable.
Ironnick - 1/28/2013, 8:40 AM
@JatevinM- I agree with you 100% on both of your commnts on Superman Returns & and why some people come to these articles and talk crap.

@Durango95- There is no need for name calling.
jimoakley666 - 1/28/2013, 8:41 AM
I'm very excited to see what they come up with.

Also, I never got all the shit hurled at Superman Returns. I really bloody enjoyed that film.
spidey1994 - 1/28/2013, 8:43 AM
Just please, please, please bring Cyclops back Singer! I BEG OF YOU!!!!!
DanteSparda - 1/28/2013, 8:44 AM
Don't break my hope with this one Singer!
Spideyguy94 - 1/28/2013, 8:51 AM
@LEVITIKUZ so you're saying singer has never made a great movie, um........have you ever seen the usual suspects?

watch theses 2 reviews of X1&2 and tell me they're wrong





Milling - 1/28/2013, 8:56 AM
As long as i don't see the rogue from x1-3. SHE WAS SO BAD!
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