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X-Men: Days of Future Past
As a special online treat, here's an extended, uncut interview with the X-Men movies' Godfather, and director of DOFP, Bryan Singer...
I read it many, many years ago, when I was first learning about X-Men. I was educating myself on X-Men, so I watched all 70 episodes of the animated series. I read all the character biographies and character histories. And then I chose certain stories to read from the decades of material, and that was one of them.
The reason it stands out is because it paints the world of the future as a world of defeat, and it asks the question, ‘How do you find redemption in a world of defeat?’
The image on the cover [Uncanny X-Men issue 141] of the dead – the missing mutants, the wanted mutants…. Our favourite characters, and suddenly you turn the page and see their graves. It immediately makes you go, ‘How did this happen?’
There’s also the notion of time travel, which is something that’s been in parts of the X-Men universe, but also enabled me to bring the cast together. I’ve never made a time travel film but I’m very fond of them – in anyone ever does a movie about time travel, I immediately go see it!
[Uncanny X-Men writer] Chris Claremont actually has a cameo in the picture… at the moment. We’ll see. You never know in editing, so I don’t want to promise this, but at the moment Chris is in the cut.
I’ve always spoken to him over the years. He wrote the novelisation of X2. He and [fellow X-Men writer Len Wein, are a really great source of inspiration and discussion about character. They understood I’m taking their story and altering it and adapting it for the screen and changing certain things. And they’re completely cool with that. They’re very adaptable guys. And good guys.
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