Chris Claremont On Seeing X-MEN: DOFP Adapted And Criticizes TASM 2 "Because He Can"

Chris Claremont On Seeing X-MEN: DOFP Adapted And Criticizes TASM 2 "Because He Can"

Chris Claremont, writer of 1981's X-Men: Days of Future Past story-arc that is now being adapted by FOX, shares his thoughts on the new film, and also discusses The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


With X-Men: Days Of Future past hitting theaters this week, and with really great reviews so far, hype has never been higher for FOX's latest X-flick. The writer of the 1981 comic that the film is based on talked at Motor City Comic Con about the film. “They got it right,” he said. “At least in the title. They got big robots in it. It’s very 70′s. I don’t know what the TARDIS is doing in the White House, but that’s a totally different story. My basic feeling is that is probably the richest, most talented, most ‘box-office-holy-cow-cast’ I have ever seen. You can take any two members of that cast and build an award-winning successful movie. And they have! I think it’s way cool and we’ll know in a week.” When he got asked if he had seen the film yet, he said that he has yet to see it, and was then asked if he was asked about it. “No. It’s Fox. What’s the point? The producer asked me if I would fly out to L.A. and participate in press conference with the actors. I said, ‘Hell Yes!’ She pitched it to the Fox high ups and they said ‘Oh no. We just need the actors. The original writer of the source material is not a smart move.’ I hate to say it, but my softest response is my only response: It’s not my 120 million bucks. It’s Fox’s and they get to call the shots. Yes I would love to be a part of it, but by the same token Marvel isn’t screening it either. So take that for whatever you will.” He also talked a bit about X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which many fans believe is the worst of Fox's X-Men movies. He seems to agree with what most of us believe, which is that the movie forced too much down our throats. “X-Men Origins was forced on the studios by Fox because it was thought that the general film going audience would not understand who he is or what he is or why he is. He needed an origin. My feeling was ‘Dude, it’s Hugh Jackman! Who cares?’ He walks out on-screen and we go, ‘That’s Wolverine!’ and the rest is irrelevant. But what do I know. Not only am I just a civilian when it comes to movies, I also live on the East Coast! Besides the fact that it’s one of the films that has 3-4 of the lines I wrote in it, which made me an impossibly annoying person to go to the movies with. My wife was hitting me in the kidneys because I wouldn’t shut up. But Hugh Jackman is saying ‘I’m the best at what I do.’ YES! Now you know why I’m paid by the word. Never say in a sentence what you can say in a volume. Or as George R.R. Martin does in five volumes!”

He was also asked to share his thoughts on Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which opened earlier this month, rambling about the villains of the movie. “The problem with superhero movies is you hope you get The Avengers, but sometimes the reality is you get Spidey 2.2. I call it Spidey 2.2 because if you call it Spider-Man 2 people go, ‘Wait, do you mean the Spider-Man with Alfred Molina because that one was really good, you know?’ Yes, it was really good because it was directed by Sam Raimi who is really good. Sam foolishly had this attitude with Sony where he said ‘How about for the third movie we has LESS characters!’ and Sony was like ‘NOOOOO! WE WANT MORE CHARACTERS! 3 CHARACTERS IN THE THIRD, 4 IN THE FOURTH AND 5 IN THE FIFTH!’ Well, oddly enough, this is the fifth movie and what do we have? Sinster Six! Yes, six characters cause they can’t count. I’m making fun of Spidey because I can and because the X-Men movie hasn’t come out yet!” X-Men: Days Of Future Past opens this Friday (Thursday for some) and I will probably re-read Claremont's comic that the film is based on, and I encourage you all to do the same, since it is one of the most popular X-Men comics of the 80's and a really great comic by Chris Claremont. What do you think about his comments? Sound off below.
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