In terms of star power, nothing topped 20th Century Fox’s Comic Con panel this year when it seemed like the entire cast of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” showed up to talk the film. Before that though, the talk turned towards two more films.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Director Matt Reeves along with actors Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis turn up to talk about this sequel to “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.
The aim of the film is to bridge the gap between Rise and the original “Planet of the Apes”. Reeves said the focus this time was to make a Caesar-centric movie that begins in the world of the apes but allows us to still connect emotionally.
In fact, the human characters are fairly secondary in this story which allows for a lot of development of the relationships in the ape community. Caesar is now ten years older, has a family, and oversees an Ape council.
The apes themselves are being played by “Cirque du Solei and parkour guys” says Clarke. Russell says Reeves has “really created a world of these two communities to survive, and each community is trying to protect its own.”
Footage was then screened of mostly human scenes, with a lot of Gary Oldman’s character as the FX are still being worked on. The footage revealed that humanity spent years fighting the virus and then each other – as a result there’s not much society left. The final shot shows Caesar with white war paint on his face ordering his apes to charge. Check out that shot below:
X-Men: Days of Future Past
“The Wolverine” director James Mangold and actor Hugh Jackman showed up to pimp that film, though with the movie opening around the world in less than a week I’m not really going to cover it here.
After that finished, Jackman pulled out director Bryan Singer for ‘Days’. Singer says a month of shooting has yet to go on the movie, but he’s brought along some 3D footage to show off.
The footage shows how the old X-Men and new X-Men cast come together. The modern X-Men world is now borderline dystopian, the elderly Professor X and Magneto bring Wolverine to a war chamber and it looks like the “war” is being lost. The pair have teamed up in an effort to stop the war before it starts.
To do this, Kitty Pride will send Wolverine’s modern day consciousness back into his own body in the 1970’s where he must warn the younger versions of the pair of what’s to come. McAvoy and Fassbender’s incarnations sport period-specific outfits, McAvoy meets Stewart’s incarnation in one scene.
There’s also shots of Cerebro exploding, the Oval Office floor opening up, Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) addressing the government, and a young Magneto using powers to pull Mystique along the floor.
Pretty much the entire cast showed up after the footage – Singer, Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Omar Sy, Shawn Ashmore, Evan Peters, writer Simon Kinberg, and producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker.
McKellen had one of the best lines of the night, saying “It’s so good to be back in California now that you’ve gotten rid of Prop 8. I’m always looking for a new husband. Nice to meet you, Michael [Fassbender].” Jackman also wowed the crowd with some singing.
Omar Sy says his character Bishop comes from “the future” and is fighting to survive. Singer denied a fan question that Deadpool will be in the movie.