In his new film, ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ starring Nicholas Hoult, Bryan Singer utilizes some advanced CG effects to create the giants. While the jury is still out on how they look, especially as seen in the character posters for the film, the director has learned a lot from his experience on this film in terms of technology, so naturally, he’s looking to use it again in his films in the future. For instance, it could pop up in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’.
In an interview with MTV, Singer mentions that the sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class’ may involve a fully CG character. He doesn’t go into detail or hint at who it could possibly be, but he definitely seems excited to use be using the technology again. Here’s what he had to say in the interview:
“A CG Nick Hoult or a CG Ewan McGregor, maybe 20 years from now might be perfect, but it’s a little tough on the eyes when it’s not real. I definitely want to use this technology again, and I might even be using some of it in a different way in X-Men. I don’t want to say how, yet, but I’m definitely using some of this technology on X-Men, which I never used in any of the other X-Men films.”
One could assume that the Sentinels, the giant, mutant-hunting robots that Mark Millar mentioned would be heavily featured in the film, would be likely candidates to be fully CGI. I’m even willing to bet that they’d look much better than the giants in ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’. Besides, with such a huge cast of real humans already, why would you need a fully CG character? I mean, make up should do unless Singer is thinking of throwing Doop in there for some reason.
Speaking of the human cast, the director speaks on the very large cast that’s being assembled. Aside from the returning cast from Matthew Vaughn’s excellent 2011 film, Singer is bringing back a number of his X-Men including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Ian McKellen, and a number of others. But each name he’s added to the roster serves a specific purpose:
“I don’t want to say [who the protagonists are] yet, or talk about that yet, but I will say that every character has a very important function in the story. The story is designed and catered to the combined cast. It’s not just throwing in people to occupy the screen, occupy the billboards. The story ‘Days of Future Past,’ and our version of ‘Days of Future Past’ is geared very much toward the mass cast and all their relationships and all their foibles and their achievements.”
When it comes to specifics, like fan favorite characters such as Storm, played by Halle Berry, and Nightcrawler, played by Alan Cummings, he’s keeping mum on both characters. According to The Huffington Post, Singer had the following to say about Kurt Wagner poofing in:
“I don’t know. We’ll see. You know … we’ll see. I don’t want to … sometimes you don’t want to say “yes” or “no” to something that may not be a “yes” or a “no,” or anything. I haven’t decided yet, a few things.”
He expresses the same sentiment with Ororo Munroe, but expands on it a little more:
“I can’t say. I don’t know yet. And it’s not necessarily a deal making aspect at all. I want to make sure it’ll make sense. But I love working with her.”
What it sounds like is that the script isn’t fully completed yet, so he’s making sure characters fit properly into the story first before he goes on a hiring spree and brings back everyone. Sounds like a good approach to take considering the massive undertaking he’s already got on his hands. But personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing Berry return to portray Mohawk Storm.
What other characters do you think Bryan Singer will add in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’? Who would you like him to add, regardless if it makes sense or not? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and many more is scheduled to be released on July 18, 2014.