Scores of fans lined up along the walls of the Imperial Theatre last night to gain a chance to revel in the presence of reknowned film director Bryan Singer. Known for films like The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil, and, of course, the X-Men films (but not the horrible X3), Singer is a geek celebrity. Answering questions about his career and from the crowd, the Q&A was especially exciting for the promised showcasing of the newest Xmen film 'Xmen Days of Future Past' filmed right here in Montreal.
Before the first X-Men, superhero movies were a nonexistant genre. Singer spoke about how he approched the fantastic world of comics and commented how he needed to find the humanity and relatbility in the characters. Once Singer realized how Professor X is the equivalent to Martin Luthor King, and Magneto is Malcom X, with mutant discrimination paralleling the social rights movement, everything clicked. The inherent social revelance of comic books, masked by fantasy and science fiction, was a big draw for Singer to the genre, and informed his later films like Superman Returns, Jack the Giant Slayer, and Days of Future Past.
Half an hour into the Q&A, the Days of Future Past screening began, much to the joy of fans. Here's a breakdown of what we saw:
Images of not-yet-seen mutants grace the screen (Bishop, Blink, and Warpath to name a few) followed by the original Xmen cast, all of them much older and war torn. The 'future' as it were is in a state of unrest as mutants have undergone severe persecution following the events of X3.
Professor Xavier (resurrected, if you didn't see the final clip of The Wolverine) prepares his mental powers to launch Wolverine's consciousness into the past and comments how Wolverine must reason with his past self as well as Magneto's. Now we get to the main setting of the film, the late 60's early 70's. What follows is a series of images showcasing how the First Class characters have changed in the last ten years. James McAvoy/young Xavier sports long hippy hair and a disgruntled attitude. Michael Fassbender/Magneto is back to his badass ways, flinging metal and people alike. Jennifer Lawrence/Mystique is much more akin to the Rebecca Romijn incarnation, with slicked back hair and martial arts. A series of conflicts fly by the screen and you get a sense that the mutant movement is still very much in peril in the past, just as it is in the future, and the teaser trailer ends with a confrontation between young and old Xavier. I don't know how exactly that works, but we'll have to wait until May 2014 to find out.
Singer fleshed out the trailer a bit, stating how most of the movie occurs in the 70's, yet remained mysterious in regards to the film's conception of time travel. While the trailer brought up more questions than it answered, rest assured that Days of Future Past looks to be an action-packed narrative that still has a lot of heart.
Check out the recently relesed teaser trailer for Days of Future Past below, to get you even more excited.