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Bryan Singer says X-Men: Apocalypse will address the origin of Mutants

Jan. 8, 2014by: Alex Maidy

When the initial announcement came from Bryan Singer that X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST would lead right into the 2016 film X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, it was quickly followed by a confirmation that Singer would direct that film as well. Now, according to the man himself, that is not quite 100% yet.

When asked about his involvement with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE by Entertainment Weekly, Singer shared the following:

Im co-writing the story and Im producing it. Im negotiating to direct. Were in the process. Were trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it.

Much like the recent news from Fox that Matt Reeves is already locked in for PLANET OF THE APES 3, I would think they would jump at the chance for some consistency in their rebooted X-MEN series by having the man who has directed three X-MEN films take on a fourth. At the very least, if Singer moves onto another project, his writing and producing involvement should cement where the new film will go.

Speaking of which, Singer was mum on the rumors of the post-credits tease in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST featuring Apocalypse revealing himself, but he did share that what occurs in the upcoming film will have direct ramifications on X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. He also shared some tidbits on the tone of the next film.

It will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. Its something thats always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.

Regardless of what the naysayers think, Bryan Singer is a damn fine director and he has given us some truly great moments in the X-MEN franchise. I have full faith in him for DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, whether he directs or not.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST opens May 23, 2014 and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is set for Summer 2016.

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3:14PM on 01/09/2014
Singer has my blessing, and I think that he'll probably get back in his directing groove if DOFP becomes a hit. He was and is, the perfect director for this franchise.
Singer has my blessing, and I think that he'll probably get back in his directing groove if DOFP becomes a hit. He was and is, the perfect director for this franchise.
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9:14AM on 01/09/2014
If I'm reading that right it seems Singer wants to connect biblical stories and miracles to mutants, which is very cool. His name is in the title, so I'm sure were going to get a huge back story of his rise, transformation and how Apocalypse has altered civilizations.
If I'm reading that right it seems Singer wants to connect biblical stories and miracles to mutants, which is very cool. His name is in the title, so I'm sure were going to get a huge back story of his rise, transformation and how Apocalypse has altered civilizations.
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9:12AM on 01/09/2014

Mutants throughout history...

Sounds cool. Maybe Jesus was a mutant.
Sounds cool. Maybe Jesus was a mutant.
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9:15PM on 01/08/2014

this is cool and all, but i kind of wish i didn't know about X-Men: Apocalypse.

Imagine not knowing about Apocalypse, then seeing the post-credits scene of DoFP and they revealed Apocalypse that way! i would have gone nuts. it would have been exactly like the reveal of Thanos at the end of Avengers, only, people would actually know who it was.
Imagine not knowing about Apocalypse, then seeing the post-credits scene of DoFP and they revealed Apocalypse that way! i would have gone nuts. it would have been exactly like the reveal of Thanos at the end of Avengers, only, people would actually know who it was.
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11:32PM on 01/08/2014
I have to agree, the surprise after credits would have been aces. That said, I still cannot wait for "X-Men: Apocalypse".
I have to agree, the surprise after credits would have been aces. That said, I still cannot wait for "X-Men: Apocalypse".
7:08PM on 01/08/2014
This make sense since Apacolypse's origins are a big deal when it comes to his character and will no doubt play a huge vital role in the film.

All in all, it's great to be a X-Men fan right now.
This make sense since Apacolypse's origins are a big deal when it comes to his character and will no doubt play a huge vital role in the film.

All in all, it's great to be a X-Men fan right now.
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6:43PM on 01/08/2014
Whilst I've loved the Marvel cinematic universe...and Iron Man 3 and Thor 2...have definately helped increase my enjoyment of the whole thing that much more...in all honestly, none of the films have knocked it out of the park for me (thinking in terms of the thrill of seeing Aliens or Terminator 2 for the first time...heck, even Speed). Still, there is no doubt that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has slapped everyone silly and got Fox and Sony to get their comic book assets in order and make
Whilst I've loved the Marvel cinematic universe...and Iron Man 3 and Thor 2...have definately helped increase my enjoyment of the whole thing that much more...in all honestly, none of the films have knocked it out of the park for me (thinking in terms of the thrill of seeing Aliens or Terminator 2 for the first time...heck, even Speed). Still, there is no doubt that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has slapped everyone silly and got Fox and Sony to get their comic book assets in order and make great plans (WB's might get there one day too while they continue to play the role of a dyslexic sibling to these other movie studios).
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6:36PM on 01/08/2014
If done right, it could work. However, the other 50% doesn't sound appealing. It could go the way of aliens, midichlorions, or some other ridiculous explanation.
If done right, it could work. However, the other 50% doesn't sound appealing. It could go the way of aliens, midichlorions, or some other ridiculous explanation.
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5:21PM on 01/08/2014
I just really whish DOFP won't have an open ending like Emipre Strikes Back or Smaug.
I just really whish DOFP won't have an open ending like Emipre Strikes Back or Smaug.
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4:11PM on 01/08/2014

Christ.

Get this guy away from the X-Men, please!
Get this guy away from the X-Men, please!
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4:24PM on 01/08/2014
Why? Everything he says follows in line with the comics. Apocalypse is an ancient & immortal mutant. You can't take on that character without addressing this kind of stuff. The comics even hint several times that biblical figures were mutants. Singer isn't just making this up.
Why? Everything he says follows in line with the comics. Apocalypse is an ancient & immortal mutant. You can't take on that character without addressing this kind of stuff. The comics even hint several times that biblical figures were mutants. Singer isn't just making this up.
8:36PM on 01/08/2014
Why? Because he's too iffy, and he has t made a GREAT movie in a long time. He's bounced between Good and Bad but nothing above good.
Why? Because he's too iffy, and he has t made a GREAT movie in a long time. He's bounced between Good and Bad but nothing above good.
8:57AM on 01/09/2014
Way to elaborate on your argument and to add yet another useless comment
Way to elaborate on your argument and to add yet another useless comment
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3:55PM on 01/08/2014
I have been an on and off fan of this franchise, but I like where it is going. I am only questioning why it took so long to get there. Sentinels should've been in X2. Using Stryker as a main villain in 2 films was not very inventive. I mean the mutant universe is so vast with tons of villains to use why repeat a HUMAN villain twice? I feel they lost ground taking so long to get to this point - but I guess better late than never?
I have been an on and off fan of this franchise, but I like where it is going. I am only questioning why it took so long to get there. Sentinels should've been in X2. Using Stryker as a main villain in 2 films was not very inventive. I mean the mutant universe is so vast with tons of villains to use why repeat a HUMAN villain twice? I feel they lost ground taking so long to get to this point - but I guess better late than never?
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4:53PM on 01/08/2014
It probably would have been the most expensive movie ever made if they did it back then. Now there's too many of these damn robot films! However I would like to see Wolverine tear through some sentinels.

I agree though, the X-Men movie franchise aren't very original with their villains.
It probably would have been the most expensive movie ever made if they did it back then. Now there's too many of these damn robot films! However I would like to see Wolverine tear through some sentinels.

I agree though, the X-Men movie franchise aren't very original with their villains.
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3:53PM on 01/08/2014

Mr. Sinister :D

So we're going to have ancient Egyptian mutants, I'm more excited about this than Days of Future Past.
So we're going to have ancient Egyptian mutants, I'm more excited about this than Days of Future Past.
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