Let's be absolutely blunt about this movie. From day one, 20th Century Fox wildly overestimated the ability of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" to perform at the Box Office. They also wildly overestimated Bryan Singer's abilities as a film director (if he did direct it) to compete with Joss Whedon's "Avengers" movie.
Aside from "X-Men: Days of Future Past" not looking the slightest bit interesting in the trailers, it also has the following things going against it:
1. Bryan Singer (if he did direct it) is not the strongest director in the film industry to be putting your hopes in to for a movie of this scope and expense. Prior to apparently getting this "X-Men" gig, Bryan Singer had three consecutive Box Office flops...."Jack The Giant Slayer"....."Valkyrie".....and "Superman Returns." In my opinion, Singer ceased being a bankable director when these three unfortunate incidents occurred.
2. The "X-Men" movie franchise is an old and aging movie franchise (way too many sequels.) And judging by how boring the trailers are for "X-Men: Days of Future Past", the same old boring behind the scenes personnel made this movie just as they made every previous one.
3. The vast majority of moviegoers aren't even going to be aware of, or care that "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is based upon a revered comic book story from the early 1980s. They just aren't going to care primarily. All they are going to care about is if this movie "pops and "sparkles" with visual and storytelling vitality the same way..... "The Avengers"..... did....the same way.... "Captain America: Winter Soldier".... does.....The same way the..... "Thor"...... movies do....and the same way the...."Iron Man"....movies do. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is of a badly aging movie franchise that was never terribly compelling to begin with...with too many sequels...too much emphasis on "Wolverine" with his own movies....and unrealistic expectations from everyone associated with this movie...including those who bankrolled it....those who made it behind the scenes....and those who starred in it.
4. In my opinion, when Bryan Singer screwed up badly with one superhero movie already ("Superman Returns")...you don't give him another one ("X-Men: Days of Future Past") to screw up with just as potentially badly (if he really did direct this thing.) This is just common sense, basic economics of filmmaking that "20th Century Fox" should have known better about. In my opinion, Bryan Singer just isn't good at crafting..... rousing....audience pleasing....superhero movies. His screen version of "Superman" in "Superman Returns" is the first screen "Superman" I have honestly disliked. And I have seen them all.....Dean Cain.....Christopher Reeve....George Reeves....and Kirk Alyn. Bryan Singer's "Superman" needed a psychiatrist above everything else.
5. For whatever reason, the decision was made in the "X-Men" movies to attire the "X-Men" characters in a bland, generic, and thoroughly pedestrian wardrobe. In all cases, these "X-Men" characters on screen aren't even dressed in brightly colored...pleasing to the eye costumes as was the case with Joss Whedon's "The Avengers." They are just dressed in grey leather jackets, black trench coats, shirts & jeans. In one of the "X-Men" movies, one of the characters was actually wearing pajamas. So...what the "Fu**" has always been the problem with the "X-Men" wardrobe on screen? Every other superhero movie has always been faithful to the comic book costumes. Why haven't the "X-Men" movies?
6. Lastly, there just hasn't been anything "Mass Market Attractive" in the "X-Men" movies for "Mass Market Audiences" to be attracted to.
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