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Bryan Singer breaks down the new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer

12.11.2015

The trailer for Bryan Singer's latest X-Men epic arrived just this morning and while it received a mixed response, I feel like we're finally beginning to witness the Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) that Bryan Singer had promised us. Ivan Ooze no more. The X-MEN: APOCALYPSE trailer was jammed full of X-Men tidbits and introductions to the new characters, so Bryan Singer sat down with Empire Magazine to break down the new trailer.

Unfortunately, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) has been the focus of some ridicule, with many fans taking issue with how his appearance has been realized in the film. Now that we've seen (and heard) him in action, I feel much more confident that Oscar Isaac will knock this one out of the park.

What is a God? Why would someone create and rule over a race simply to be worshiped? It bears no respect or devotion to him – that’s the big giant ego of the old God, all of it lacks symmetry, order and devotion to him. It needs to be culled. It needs to be wiped away and rebuilt again.

The trailer doesn't give us a super clear look at the new villain, but Bryan Singer said that that was his intention.

I like that you just see bits and pieces, it forces you to look at not just his face, but his costume, the scale, the strangeness, the inscription, the technology. It makes you want to lean around the corner to get a better look. He’s a very powerful and imposing character and Oscar acts the shit out of it.

Michael Fassbender has been one of the best parts of these recent X-Men films and Singer had nothing but praise for Fassbender's work, as well as hinting at how he falls under Apocalypse's (Oscar Isaac) spell.

He’s found Erik at the most vulnerable place in his life, He’s searching for God. Remember, he was a young Jew in a concentration camp when he first lost his family and now here comes this man who was, is, or claims to be God. The power of persuasion is Apocalypse’s greatest power. Fassbender really delivers here in non-traditional comic book style. There are scenes here you will not see in any other comic book movie. I really think Erik goes through one of the most complex journeys in the movie.

Quicksilver (Evan Peters) stole the show in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST with an elaborate and creative display of his powers. X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will feature another Quicksilver sequence which Bryan Singer hopes will be bigger, longer, and more detailed than anything we've ever seen. Glimpse's of this scene were spotted in the trailer and Singer revealed just how much work it took to bring it to life.

There’s one sequence that took one and a half months to shoot for three minutes of film, it involves the most complex camera moves, very sophisticated explosive algorithms, 3D Phantom cameras traveling at 50mph while shooting at 3,100 frames per second. Evan worked more days on this movie than any other actor because of this one sequence.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will introduce us to younger versions of the X-Men characters we already know, including Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan).

This movie is about the formation of the X-Men. How do you get all these characters who are in different places in their lives to become the X-Men? That’s the challenge of the movie. It was important to show that these are kids. There’s no way anybody can get in there but them, and do what needs to be done, and yet they’re kids.

Singer also revealed that he "very specifically put Jubilee in" the film, but that her role won't be particularly large in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. In fact, there was one cut which didn't include the character but Singer went on the say that Jubliee (Lana Condor) is "a part of the growing new universe.

A synopsis of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE:

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will be in theaters on May 27, 2016.

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4:31AM on 12/13/2015
I have LOVED all Bryan Singer X-Men flicks, but this trailer, somehow, has me deeply concerned.

Jubilee, Cyclops, and Jean are the characters who should be getting the focus. But I feel this is an [link] movie, and that's a misstep. They're the movers and shakers, certainly, but their not the heart. Give us Cyclops and Jean and Angel, that's the heart of the story, if you let it happen.

As a HUGE fan of Bryan Singer, I feel like he's forgetting the emotional center. It's not Erik or
I have LOVED all Bryan Singer X-Men flicks, but this trailer, somehow, has me deeply concerned.

Jubilee, Cyclops, and Jean are the characters who should be getting the focus. But I feel this is an [link] movie, and that's a misstep. They're the movers and shakers, certainly, but their not the heart. Give us Cyclops and Jean and Angel, that's the heart of the story, if you let it happen.

As a HUGE fan of Bryan Singer, I feel like he's forgetting the emotional center. It's not Erik or Charles or Mystique. It's the kids who have to deal with hardship and rejection. It's Slim Summers, Jean, and the rest. Give us the X-Men story we've been waiting for.
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9:15AM on 12/12/2015
This looks on par with Days of Future's Past, though I'm not sure how this movie would fare without Wolverine in the lead for the first time in the franchise. Singer says he put in Jubilee there on purpose. I don't know what that mean, but she was not supposed to join the X-school until two decades later. Neither was Angel/Archangel.
This looks on par with Days of Future's Past, though I'm not sure how this movie would fare without Wolverine in the lead for the first time in the franchise. Singer says he put in Jubilee there on purpose. I don't know what that mean, but she was not supposed to join the X-school until two decades later. Neither was Angel/Archangel.
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1:38PM on 12/12/2015
Did you forget about X-Men: First Class?
Did you forget about X-Men: First Class?
8:37AM on 12/13/2015
Yes, yes I did. Yet, this is the first Wolverine-less Bryan Singer directed X-Men ever. So we'll see if this is any better than X1, X2, and DoFP.
Yes, yes I did. Yet, this is the first Wolverine-less Bryan Singer directed X-Men ever. So we'll see if this is any better than X1, X2, and DoFP.
4:30PM on 12/14/2015
the movies have never followed the timelines of the comics (or themselves, heh). Treat them separately and you will probably enjoy them more. Kinda like when they reboot a series in the comics.
As far as the "on purpose" comment, I feel like because it's the 80's and the X-Men had a pretty popular cartoon in the 80's that had Jubilee, it was the time to add her...but that is just me guessing.
the movies have never followed the timelines of the comics (or themselves, heh). Treat them separately and you will probably enjoy them more. Kinda like when they reboot a series in the comics.
As far as the "on purpose" comment, I feel like because it's the 80's and the X-Men had a pretty popular cartoon in the 80's that had Jubilee, it was the time to add her...but that is just me guessing.
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4:31AM on 12/12/2015
Fox with another classic.
Fox with another classic.
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1:33AM on 12/12/2015

Not as bad as everyone has been saying

I was at work when the trailer came out and wasn't able to watch it but I did get to read the comments and reactions to the trailer. Maybe my expectations were kept in check by them so I wasn't as disappointed as everyone else. But really, the trailer isn't that bad. There's too much exposition, I'll grant that, but the thing the trailer gets right is that it teases Apocalypse as a menace and it teases new and old characters. The best thing about Singers films have been that they're story and
I was at work when the trailer came out and wasn't able to watch it but I did get to read the comments and reactions to the trailer. Maybe my expectations were kept in check by them so I wasn't as disappointed as everyone else. But really, the trailer isn't that bad. There's too much exposition, I'll grant that, but the thing the trailer gets right is that it teases Apocalypse as a menace and it teases new and old characters. The best thing about Singers films have been that they're story and character driven. The premise draws you in, but your investment is in the characters. That's the difference between this trailer and the BvS trailer. Both provide way too much about their respective movies, but I have no reason to think that BvS is going to have a great plot and character interaction. The most interesting character in Man of Steel was Jor El and he was a ghost for the majority of the movie. No relationship in MoS was particularly compelling to invest in.

Anyway, my point with all of this is that there are plenty of reasons to give this film a chance. The stakes are the highest out of all the X-Men films and they have an established main cast with promising young blood. I think Oscar Isaac is going to own the role and give a hell of a performance. Or I'm wrong and this movie will land somewhere between utter shit and fucking awesome, as they all do.
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6:11PM on 12/12/2015
"this movie will land somewhere between utter shit and fucking awesome, as they all do."

*Slow clap. Bravo
"this movie will land somewhere between utter shit and fucking awesome, as they all do."

*Slow clap. Bravo
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1:06AM on 12/12/2015

Neat

A trailer that needs explanations is a great trailer.
A trailer that needs explanations is a great trailer.
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10:26PM on 12/11/2015
Even though the trailer wasn't as great as I thought it would be, I'm still excited as hell for this. At this point, there is no reason to doubt Singer or this talented cast in delivering another solid comic book film.

And I also think it'll be a nice change of pace to see the X-Men battle a different villain this time around that isn't Magento of Stryker.
Even though the trailer wasn't as great as I thought it would be, I'm still excited as hell for this. At this point, there is no reason to doubt Singer or this talented cast in delivering another solid comic book film.

And I also think it'll be a nice change of pace to see the X-Men battle a different villain this time around that isn't Magento of Stryker.
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11:29PM on 12/11/2015
A Different villain. Have you watched all the movies?
A Different villain. Have you watched all the movies?
12:32AM on 12/12/2015
Yeah. They faced Shaw in First Class, and Trask in DOFP. But most of the film's villains have been revolved around Stryker or Magneto.
Yeah. They faced Shaw in First Class, and Trask in DOFP. But most of the film's villains have been revolved around Stryker or Magneto.
7:24AM on 12/12/2015
They have faced sabertooth, toad, pyro, juggernaut, dark Phoenix, Magneto, shaw Stryker and countless other villains oh and the sentinels. Don't think you have saw the movies.
They have faced sabertooth, toad, pyro, juggernaut, dark Phoenix, Magneto, shaw Stryker and countless other villains oh and the sentinels. Don't think you have saw the movies.
8:43AM on 12/12/2015
lol further to that, lol they'll be fighting Magneto again anyways as he's one of the four horsemen lol.
lol further to that, lol they'll be fighting Magneto again anyways as he's one of the four horsemen lol.
9:38PM on 12/11/2015
Man, that 3 minute Quicksilver sequence sounds like its worth the price of admission. Could you imagine playing Nightcrawler into a Quicksilver sequence?
Man, that 3 minute Quicksilver sequence sounds like its worth the price of admission. Could you imagine playing Nightcrawler into a Quicksilver sequence?
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