X-Men: Days of Future Past Director - The Key to Time Travel is Rules


It's something that Dan Jurgens has told us before during our interviews about Booster Gold and Justice League International, and it's something that James Cameron and Robert Zemeckis have stressed in interviews and commentary tracks: the key to making time travel work in your book, comic book of film isn't to be "accurate"--there is no time travel in real life to be accurate to--it's having rules and sticking to them. He also cited Superman Returns, his abortive effort to reboot the Superman franchise in 2005, saying that while he struggled with that property, he's having no such problems getting back into the groove of the X-Men cinematic universe he was key in creating. And that's what X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer told Empire today, in an brief interview discussing the epic X-Men story, which is more science fiction-oriented than any of its predecessors. "It's epic," Singer said. "We get to bring both casts together. We've cracked it in a way that makes sense. I had a two-hour conversation with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses and all that. You have to create your rules and stick with them." Citing some of the best cinematic examples of the storytelling device, he added, "That's what makes Terminator and Back To The Future work so well. And there are certain mechanisms in X-Men, certain powers, perceptions and characters, that make this possible. More than any of the movies I've made, it comes to me much more quickly than on other films. With Superman Returns I struggled a lot. I guess it's either my history with the X-Men universe or I have some kind of knack for this particular story."