Director Bryan Singer says he sees X-Men: Days of Future Past as a way to repair some of the damage done to the franchise by Bret Ratner and X-Men: The Last Stand.
Promoting his new movie, Jack the Giant Slayer, Singer says that he will take advantage of the time travel element of the Days of Future Past storyline to fix some of the “s***” and that fans will be pleased by the repairs he’s making to the movie universe.
“There’s going to be a little of that, a few things I can repair,” he tells IGN.
Singer goes on to say that he doesn’t have any regrets about leaving the franchise to direct Superman Returns. He says that had he stayed with X-Men, he might not have been in a position to come back and direct the First Class sequel.
Singer says that the movie isn’t dependent on time travel, so much as it is time displacement.
“The movie takes place at different times. It deals with, I don’t want to say time travel, but time displacement. A form of time travel which is steeped more in the X-Men,” Singer says. “The majority of it…or that part of it, takes place in the early 70’s, 1973. So Nixon is a character, and there will be different styles and automobiles. And there will be some futuristic, as well as retro, technology which you haven’t seen. There are science fiction aspects of the movie, and then there’s some retro science fiction that the X-Men films haven’t had quite yet. So we’re exploring that, which will be fun. And there’s an attitude [difference]. We discover our characters, particularly the younger characters, at a different place in their lives. Every character you discover in this movie is in a completely different place than you’ve ever seen, emotionally, and it’s about them moving through that. Hilarity ensues!”