X-MEN: DOFP Production Designer John Myhre On Designing The Original 1970 Era Sentinels

X-MEN: DOFP Production Designer John Myhre On Designing The Original 1970 Era Sentinels

We've already heard from X-Men: Days of Future Past production designer on how he went about bringing the "future" Sentinels to life on the big screen, but he now drops some details on the process behind creating the earlier versions and how they relate to their comic book counterparts.

"I started coming up with ideas that were a little wacky and a little out there and Bryan said, 'John...It has to be the Sentinels,'" John Myhre revealed in a recent interview with Empire Magazine when asked to share his thoughts on the process behind creating the 1970s era Sentinels. "We went back through history to when Bolivar Trask introduced them in 1965. They started with the Mark I and went through so many variants, but what we found is they all had some similarities."

There are of course some notable differences between the comic book and movie versions of the iconic X-Men villains, but it was important to Myhre and Singer that one particular element remain. "The main thing was, they were all humanoid. They all had a head, arms and legs, and that was something that was very important for Bryan to keep. And they were also purple. We thoughts how fantastic the purple colouring was, it was just great and unusual and exciting. That was just part of the inspiration for their look. In the 70s there was so much great design, but something that was particularly strong in the era was beautiful industrial design, which was very clean, very rounded, using a lot of plastic, a lot of smoked Plexiglas."

The comic book Sentinels do of course have faces as part of their design, so finding a way to realistically incorporate this into X-Men: Days of Future Past was another priority. "The electronics within the head give the impression of a face when they activate and move," Myhre adds. "So while it doesn't literally have a nose, eyes and a mouth, when you see it moving and the mechanics flittering around beneath that tinted plastic, you definitely get the impression of a face. Which just makes it more horrifying..."

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.


Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Professor X
Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique
Halle Berry as Storm
Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde
Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask
Nicholas Hoult as Beast
Shawn Ashmore as Iceman
Omar Sy as Bishop
Daniel Cudmore as Colossus
Booboo Stewart as Warpath
Fan Bingbing as Blink
Adan Canto as Sunspot
Evan Peters as Quicksilver
Josh Helman as William Stryker
Lucas Till as Havok

RELEASE DATE: May 23rd, 2014
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Filed Under "X-Men" 2/3/2014 Source: Empire Magazine
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Pasto - 2/3/2014, 4:35 PM
Ineedrevelation - 2/3/2014, 4:35 PM
Pasto - 2/3/2014, 4:36 PM
A face on a robot eh?
Pasto - 2/3/2014, 4:36 PM
yonny616 - 2/3/2014, 4:37 PM
Cool. Movie will be boss.
GodzillaKart - 2/3/2014, 4:38 PM
@Pasto: I love the irony of your face comment given your avatar. :)
HavocPrime - 2/3/2014, 4:38 PM
"I started coming up with ideas that were a little wacky and a little out there and Bryan said, 'John...It has to be the Sentinels,'"

Lmao I find it hard to believe Singer could say something like that
Pasto - 2/3/2014, 4:38 PM
So they wanted to try to stay close to the colors....but the size was expendable.

[frick] you Singer.
Dinotron - 2/3/2014, 4:39 PM
Lol so here is what they thought about designing it?

Fox: guys here is what it needs; head, arms, and legs ... oh and it has to be purple! And we have ourselves a sentinel!
Pasto - 2/3/2014, 4:39 PM

Invictor - 2/3/2014, 4:40 PM

Here's your sentinel:

TheDemonsHead - 2/3/2014, 4:40 PM
I want another trailer
TheDemonsHead - 2/3/2014, 4:42 PM
Tstubbs - 2/3/2014, 4:42 PM
yup sounds about right
MrCBM56 - 2/3/2014, 4:44 PM
Sounds great!
Jobin - 2/3/2014, 4:46 PM
THAT does not look like its from the 70's. More like 2000's.
thewonderer - 2/3/2014, 4:46 PM
Future Sentinels look like monsters. Can't wait. Happy they didn't go with the sentinels with underwear! or the megablok looking ones.

But hey Singer will be crucified for any comic book change while Joss gets away with everything.

VISIONaryNPa - 2/3/2014, 4:47 PM
"we jus threw shit together!"
TheGreenBastard - 2/3/2014, 4:48 PM
The Sentinals look great, and there size is perfect. Just look at the pics of then next to people. I didn't think skyscraper Sentinaks would work in a movie too well.
TheGreenBastard - 2/3/2014, 4:48 PM
TheWonderer: Ain't that the [frick]ing truth.
TheGreenBastard - 2/3/2014, 4:51 PM
Same thing with any changes Sony makes, or DC.
Dinotron - 2/3/2014, 4:51 PM
Lol some if you all literally love singers crap, someone was trying to justify quicksilvers look too the other day I forget who tho

So things in the movie look cool, but not those sentinels and def not quicksilver
VISIONaryNPa - 2/3/2014, 4:52 PM
@Thewonderer Yes, Yes he will be able to get away with anything because at least he doesn't have a pedo looking Quicksilver and plastic sentinels.
Dinotron - 2/3/2014, 4:53 PM

VISIONaryNPa - 2/3/2014, 4:54 PM
Also Quicksilver in A:AOU won' have a "one beat" scene as Singers describes it. Quicksilvers scene in DOFP may look "cool", but it WILL, and ONLY will be a cameo appearance.
SuperCat - 2/3/2014, 4:54 PM
Not getting a '70s vibe from that design at all. This was the era of Disco and Blaxploitation films. The Sentinels should be some bad mofos.

gamecreatorjj - 2/3/2014, 4:54 PM
@thewonderer Preach It
thetrojan - 2/3/2014, 4:56 PM
When these were first published I did not like the look of them but now its the only thing I like about the designs for this movie.

I agree with the above comment by Jobin that they are more 2000 than 1970s.
CherryBomb - 2/3/2014, 4:59 PM
The Sentinel designs are pretty awesome.
Very excited about the future one! It looks scary, very creepy.
ComicsToFilm - 2/3/2014, 4:59 PM
NPaMusic- Dear god, Magneto controls metal, if he's who the. Program is afraid of, why would they crest metal machines?

If one more person tries to hate on plastic sentinels I may explode with how ignorant half the "comic" community is.
staypuffed - 2/3/2014, 5:01 PM
Love the Sentinel designs. I don't know what the [frick] is wrong with you guys.
dellamorte1872 - 2/3/2014, 5:02 PM
People will whine again but....how does that robot strike anyone as being comparable to technology of the 70s?
dellamorte1872 - 2/3/2014, 5:05 PM
To me it doesn't
thewonderer - 2/3/2014, 5:05 PM
And I will reserve judgment for ALL of these designs for this film until the actual film.

Quicksilver looks like the polar opposite to his father. I can see a lot of drama there. Magneto being a serious mutant using his powers for a cause while Quicksilver is this naive boy who thinks he a superhero.

Quicksilver looks like a boy who dressed himself to impress people. Magneto will probably look at him as a disappointment.
BruceWayneNewton - 2/3/2014, 5:05 PM
I'm pretty pumped for this movie and think it will be good but that Quicksilver is killing me. He looks so friggin bad.
skot75 - 2/3/2014, 5:05 PM
oh cool the sentinels are made of plastic...
SuperCat - 2/3/2014, 5:06 PM
ReadSkull - 2/3/2014, 5:06 PM
I'll have to see them in action before I completely make up my mind but I like what I've seen.
Vegeta - 2/3/2014, 5:08 PM
Sounds great! I like the designs of the past & future Sentinels.
GUNSMITH - 2/3/2014, 5:10 PM
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