Singer Talks About New “X-Men” Trailer

Following on from yesterday’s release of the new trailer for “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the film’s director Bryan Singer has given Empire a shot-for-shot breakdown of the trailer – explaining many of the shots and in the process talking about some of the storyline’s setup. Amongst the key quotes:

Wolverine sports streaks of grey hair in the future scenes: “The grey in the hair is something I took from X-Men Days Of Future Past, it’s a look in the comic. I liked it, even though he hasn’t really aged physically it’s something that shows how tough things have gotten in the future, and brought that out in him and given him a little more world-weariness.”

Storm’s appearance: “She’s one of the last surviving X-Men in this post-apocalyptic world. She’s part of that with Wolverine and Charles and Magneto; they’re some of the last folk standing from the original X-Men. They’re at the spearhead of this mission, this last chance at saving the world. This is their only hope, their mission into time. Can you actually go back and affect time? Can you go back and change things or will time correct itself? Will history fight you back and is your destiny pre-determined or can you change it?”

Magneto teams up with the X-Men because, frankly, there are no more X-Men at this point: “They’re on the run. There’s no organisation. it’s all been shattered. Most of them have been hunted down. Most of them are dead.”

The four new mutants in the future scenes: “They’re not really fresh recruits. They’re more refugees that are living day to day in this hideously ruined world. They don’t have much hope in the future. They’re on the run and they join forces with the remaining X-Men to try to do this one last attempt at fixing the world.”

Young Magneto’s use of non-powered weapons: “There’s a line in the movie, ‘He’s always had a way with guns’. That’s how he crippled Xavier, and he’s such a powerful mutant but in this particular moment he’s holding a gun and I like that. He’s a product of the Second World War and he knows how to use a gun as much as he does his powers.”

Young Xavier trying to access Logan’s mind: “He’s trying to access something deep in his mind. That’s what the line’s about, ‘You’re going to need to do for me what I once did for you’. In X-Men 1, Logan was a lost, lonely person and Charles helped him find himself. Now the tables are turned and Logan is coming into the world from the future to find a man who’s at the end of his rope in the past.”

Michael Fassbender’s performance: “Fassbender knew that he would be, well, not sharing the frame with Ian McKellen, but sharing the movie with Ian McKellen. So where on First Class he tried to be as different as possible from McKellen, because that was a very different character, he now knows as an actor he’d have to bring his performance slightly closer to Ian’s because he’s heading in that direction.”

As much of the action takes place in 1973, before events in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Wolverine will be sporting bone claws: “He doesn’t have his metal yet in 1973”.

The big scene with the young and older Xavier meeting, which funnily enough was McAvoy’s first day on set: “it’s an abstract scene, without giving away its origin and how it happens. it’s a trippy scene, it has a bit of ’70s style in it and the entire scene involved a lot of interesting practical photography using mirrors and other things. It was fun to shoot, and it was great to get the two actors together.”

Click here to check out the full shot-by-shot breakdown.