The second leg
of Twentieth Century Fox's super-cool presentation was devoted to the upcoming X-Men
2. Director Bryan Singer took a break from the just-started productions
to show fans an exciting clip-reel and answer questions about the new movie.
Although he was reluctant to divulge plot details he did offer some some
Singer told fans
that the sequel would definitely lay the ground work for a third movie which
could focus more on Wolverine's mysterious past.
The new movie
will not feature the Danger Room. The director also waffled on answering whether
or not the sequel would feature new mutants like Gambit or the Beast, giving
He did talk
about Nightcrawler who will be played by Alan Cummings. Singer said that he
would look similar to the comic with blue skin and pointed ears. The movie
Nightcrawler will also sport some scarification and have the circus past as in
(a.k.a. Iceman) will have an expanded role and the relationship between him and
rogue will continue to develop.
Storm will have
more to do as well. "Halle [Berry] brought the gold statue and said, 'I
want more to do,'" the director said the Oscar-winning actress' drive to
have an meatier role in the sequel. he went on to discuss the difficulty in
servicing such a large cast of characters.
trailer intercut the final chess scene from the last movie with fresh footage
from the first few weeks of the new production. Fans will recall that the
conversation over the chess game had Ian McKellan's Magneto asking Patrick
Stewart's Professor X how he'll feel should mankind pass anti-mutant laws and
come for him and his children at the academy. Professor X responds, "I have
great pity for the poor soul who comes to that school looking for trouble."
The new footage
features Stryker and a team of military commandos laying siege to the mutant
academy and squaring off against mutants. Prominently seen are Cyclops, Iceman,
Pyro and a raging Wolverine. In spite of utilizing only a few week's worth of
footage that lacked of any of the kind of big effects that would be added in
post-production, the clips still formed a compelling montage that generated a
wave of excitement with the crowd.
Look for more from Singer on X-Men 2 this week on Comics2Film.