Video Blog: New 'Apes' + 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' at Comic-Con
by Alex Billington
July 20, 2013
"What's the last thing you remember..." Time for us to return to the glory days of Bryan Singer's X-Men and X2. One of the major panels in Hall H today that will be remembered for years was our formal introduction to X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new Bryan Singer movie out next summer reuniting the new First Class and old X-Men casts for one big time travel comic book movie. We got a look at the first footage ever revealed and they also brought the entire cast, and I mean the entire cast, on stage at Comic-Con. It looks incredible, I haven't been this excited for an X-Men movie since X2. "Please - we need you to hope again."
We've known that they've been planning this team-up and have seen glimpses from Bryan Singer's twitter, but this was the big reveal. Earlier in the week a sentinel head was put on display in downtown San Diego, now we finally get a glimpse at the world Singer has created. In the movie, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is sent back to his younger body and has to convince the X-Men from the 70's to help them stop a war before it begins. There's so much more to it, so many glimpses of other new X-Men characters like Trask, Warpath, Bishop and Wolfsbane, plus all of the original heroes. "Side by side to end this war, before it ever begins."
Following the panels today, Ethan Anderton and I recorded a video blog talking about the panel and our reactions to the all of the footage shown today. Before the X-Men discussion, we talk about the new footage from Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sequel which they also showed during the Fox panel. It was an exhilarating presentation to see with some fantastic reveals throughout. Watch our video blog:
"I don't want your suffering. I don't want your future!" That was a line that really stood out,
spoken yelled by James McAvoy's Professor X in the second half of the footage. Maybe I'm just happy to see Bryan Singer back at the helm, but it's really taking me back to the days of X2 when the X-Men ruled the superhero movie world. "I've never seen a better cast assembled at anything at any time. And it's matched by a story that I think is worthy of the cast," Singer said during the panel. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner added: "To see this cast mixed with Bryan Singer, I almost want to cry it makes me so happy." Check out this cast photo.
As for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Matt Reeves explained why he wanted to direct: "There are stories about what happened. And then there are stories where you know what happened, and they tell you why. It's that journey and the how and the why that really draws me in." They've only been shooting for a few weeks and only had one finished shot of Caesar, since it takes 10 weeks to fully render the apes, but that one shot was an exciting enough tease anyway. I have high hopes for this sequel, and even higher hopes for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Thanks for hosting a remarkable and unforgettable Hall H panel, Fox.