After Bryan Singer really kick-started the Comic Book Movie movement in 2000 with X-Men (Yes, I know Blade was '98), and then followed it up with a superior sequel in X2: X-Men United, he left to make Superman Returns and the franchise took a pretty big step backwards.
X3: The Last Stand was a train-wreck, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was just as bad. Then in 2011, Singer returned to the franchise as a writer/producer (with Matthew Vaughn directing) for X-Men: First Class, and with some help from Michael Fassbender, breathed new life into the series. Now Singer returns to the director’s chair for X-Men: Days of Future Past and the we get our first exposure to an X-Staple of the comic books – time travel.
Days of the Future Past is one of the best written, and more famous story arcs in the history of the X-Books. Published in 1980 in issues 141 & 142 of Uncanny X-Men, Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin created a chilling dark future where Xavier’s dream was extinguished, most of the X-Men were dead. The movie looks to be taking a slightly different path, but theme appears the same. Check out the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer below…
So in the books, it’s Kitty Pryde who must send her mind back in time to inhabit the body of her younger self and stop certain events from occurring to prevent this ghastly future. In the film version, they obviously chose Wolverine for this task.
As for the trailer itself, excellent. Right on par with last week’s Captain America trailer. And while most of you will recognize Magneto, Prof. X, Wolverine, Mystique, Iceman, Rouge, Beast, Kitty, and the horribly mis-cast Storm – there are some other mutants you might not have seen prior. Here’s a quick rundown…
We’re pretty big Blink fans around here, so you can count us excited for May 23 of 2014 when X-Men: Days of Future Past releases. And might I just say – Welcome back Mr. Singer.
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