Obviously when you adapt a story from one medium to another changes are foreseeable and necessary, and in the case of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is based on the seminal Uncanny X-Men storyline of the same name, there is one pretty big change right up front. As I’m sure you know being a regular reader of this site, or simply by seeing the recent DOFP trailer, it’s Wolverine, not Kitty Pryde, that goes back in time from the Sentinel dominated future in order to warn the X-Men of the past that some bad $#!% is going to come to pass unless they change the future. But why Wolverine, you may ask, what prompted director Bryan Singer and the film’s writers to choose Hugh Jackman‘s character to go time trippin’? One of the film’s screenwriters offers an explanation.
Screenwriter Simon Kinberg, in an interview with Total Film, says that there’s a couple of factors, first and foremost is the fact that Wolverine is more or less the main character of the X-Men films (obviously!), but more importantly there’s a specific continuity-based reason apparently. Let’s let Kinberg take it from here:
We made the decision for a lot of reasons, some of them obvious and some of them more nuanced, to make it Wolverine who goes back in time. One reason is that he’s the protagonist of the franchise, and probably the most beloved character to a mass audience.
Probably the bigger reason is that when we started thinking about the logistical realities of Kitty’s consciousness being sent back in time, to her younger self, as opposed to her physical body being sent back..it was impossible. Obviously in the book it’s Kitty, but you’re talking about an actress (Ellen Page) who, in the age of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, would have been negative 20 years old. So we started thinking again, and the first reflex response to that was a character who doesn’t age. Wolverine is the only character who would looks the same in 1973 as he does in the future.
So there you go. Logistics for the win!
X-Men: Days of Future Past is in theaters everywhere on May 23, 2014.