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Bryan Singer says X-Men: Apocalypse will have "mass destruction"

03.14.2014by:

While it seems folks are anxiously awaiting the next installment of in the X-Men franchise with X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, there's even more X-citement waiting in the wings as director Bryan Singer moves right into the "inbetweequel" of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE next. While little has been said about the next entry in the franchise, director Bryan Singer has let loose some details to Total Film, giving away the time period and scope of the film. In addition, the magazine also dropped eight more exclusive images from the pic, which you can check out below.

On the setting:

“We're going to deal the the notion of ancient mutants - the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago. But it'll be a contemporary movie - well, it'll take place in the '80s... The '80s is a period now - it's hard for me to believe that!”

On the scope and spectacle of the forthcoming entry:

“Apocalypse will have more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle.” As for his process on the 2016 sequel, Singer says, “We’re currently breaking the story. We’re almost ready to go. Dan Harris, michael Dougherty and Simon Kinberg are in the office across the street from me, working on story stuff right now. It’s great to have Dan and Michael back.”

On the X-Men characters that will be featured in APOCALYPSE:

“I don’t want to get too specific, but we’ll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That’ll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-f*ck sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline!”

I'm sure the common complaints over "destruction porn" will be tossed around here, but when held up to the comics, it's pretty damn accurate. I get that some folks can be turned off by it on film, but the source material blows the shit out of everything from urban neighborhoods to entire planets on a weekly basis. There comes a point where you really have to put in perspective what you're complaining about and this film IS called X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Having read the comics for more than 20 years now, I'm happy to see them jump into the time-travel, alternate universe, and epic scale stuff as it's always been a major factor in the books (and continues to be). For me, it's much more enticing than another fight on top of a U.S. monument.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST opens on May 23, 2014 and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE is set for May 27, 2016.

Extra Tidbit: What direction would YOU like to see the X-Men franchise go after DOFP?
Source: Total FilmCBM

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5:50AM on 03/17/2014

What's this all leading to?

Is the timeline going to be permanently changed effectively deleting the previous X-Men films and paving the way for a completely new wave of films??
Is the timeline going to be permanently changed effectively deleting the previous X-Men films and paving the way for a completely new wave of films??
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1:55PM on 03/16/2014

Singer

Doesn't understand the characters, hopefully this get a lot of fan backlash and he fucks off. The only decent xmen film is first class. X1, x2 are snooze fests this looks more of the same. Please give the rights to marvel, I beg you!!!
Doesn't understand the characters, hopefully this get a lot of fan backlash and he fucks off. The only decent xmen film is first class. X1, x2 are snooze fests this looks more of the same. Please give the rights to marvel, I beg you!!!
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5:17AM on 03/17/2014
Well, Bryan Singer was heavily involved in X-Men: First Class. He developed the story and served as producer. If you are going to single Bryan Singer out as a director who doesn't understand the characters, you shouldn't like First Class either, because he had a hand in that as well.
Well, Bryan Singer was heavily involved in X-Men: First Class. He developed the story and served as producer. If you are going to single Bryan Singer out as a director who doesn't understand the characters, you shouldn't like First Class either, because he had a hand in that as well.
12:31PM on 03/15/2014

Gambit

At what point are we going to get a decent depiction of the Gambit character?

At what point are we going to get a decent depiction of the Gambit character?

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10:21AM on 03/15/2014
as Allen responded I am in shock that any body able to earn $6783 in a few weeks on the computer . go to the website http://www.lock90.com
as Allen responded I am in shock that any body able to earn $6783 in a few weeks on the computer . go to the website http://www.lock90.com
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2:45AM on 03/15/2014
I think Apocalypse is a great direction to go next. It gives a great plot device for resetting the timeline, and rebooting the characters. As long as the Apocalypse reset doesn't turn into an X-Men 1 remake. Just recast, and give us a world were The X-Men already exist, and have existed for a while.
I think Apocalypse is a great direction to go next. It gives a great plot device for resetting the timeline, and rebooting the characters. As long as the Apocalypse reset doesn't turn into an X-Men 1 remake. Just recast, and give us a world were The X-Men already exist, and have existed for a while.
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11:08PM on 03/14/2014
Cyclops

Just doesn't feel like an X-Men movie without the team's leader. Getting tired of Wolverine and friends, switch it up.

I do think the X-Men franchise is turning it around and starting to improve, the difference between Wolverine Orgins and The Wolverine were day and night, hopefully this turn for the better continues.
Cyclops

Just doesn't feel like an X-Men movie without the team's leader. Getting tired of Wolverine and friends, switch it up.

I do think the X-Men franchise is turning it around and starting to improve, the difference between Wolverine Orgins and The Wolverine were day and night, hopefully this turn for the better continues.
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6:30PM on 03/14/2014
Even though a couple of the Xmen films are super weak, gotta say that I still love the characters and casting decisions for the most part. I'm on board with DOFP and Apocolypse, but can they get creative? Can we do mass destruction scenes that maybe arent in the middle of some big metropolis city? One of the reasons why I loved Thor so much was that the final battle was epic, and it was done in this tiny little town. I dont know anything about Apocolypse as a villain or his story, but we
Even though a couple of the Xmen films are super weak, gotta say that I still love the characters and casting decisions for the most part. I'm on board with DOFP and Apocolypse, but can they get creative? Can we do mass destruction scenes that maybe arent in the middle of some big metropolis city? One of the reasons why I loved Thor so much was that the final battle was epic, and it was done in this tiny little town. I dont know anything about Apocolypse as a villain or his story, but we could destroy mountains, old historical buildings, lighthouses (?). I dont know, but I may have a seizure if I see one more downtown metropolis type destruction sequence.
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6:31PM on 03/14/2014
Actually, on second thought, theme parks. They should take a jab at Disney/Marvel and create a big Disney World type theme park, then tear it to bits. Rollercoasters and mouse heads flying everywhere.
Actually, on second thought, theme parks. They should take a jab at Disney/Marvel and create a big Disney World type theme park, then tear it to bits. Rollercoasters and mouse heads flying everywhere.
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6:16PM on 03/14/2014

Heard it before

I remember Singer mentioning something similar for the sequel to Superman Returns.... Why wait? Blow sh@t up now.
I remember Singer mentioning something similar for the sequel to Superman Returns.... Why wait? Blow sh@t up now.
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5:50PM on 03/14/2014

Extra tidbit

Bring back Cyclops. He's too important to the X-Men story to have been only prominently featured in the first flick.
Bring back Cyclops. He's too important to the X-Men story to have been only prominently featured in the first flick.
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5:40PM on 03/14/2014
Just bring Nightcrawler and Gambit back (and do Gambit right this time).
Just bring Nightcrawler and Gambit back (and do Gambit right this time).
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3:51PM on 03/14/2014

Sigh

Anyone else getting tired of every action movie being a PG13 comic book or cartoon adaptation with "mass destruction"?
Anyone else getting tired of every action movie being a PG13 comic book or cartoon adaptation with "mass destruction"?
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3:29PM on 03/14/2014

Extra Tidbit:

Anywhere away from Fox and Bryan Singer.
Anywhere away from Fox and Bryan Singer.
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3:33PM on 03/14/2014
I echo my reply to therealkalel.
I echo my reply to therealkalel.
3:17PM on 03/14/2014
It's too bad we already know about this film. How epic it would have been to see Apocalypse forshadowed in the final scenes of this film.

Still excited as hell though for both films.
It's too bad we already know about this film. How epic it would have been to see Apocalypse forshadowed in the final scenes of this film.

Still excited as hell though for both films.
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3:14PM on 03/14/2014

Extra tidbit

Back to Marvel, thats where it should go
Back to Marvel, thats where it should go
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3:32PM on 03/14/2014
yeah but if it went back to marvel you may actually get some good movies - not sure we can handle that. it only took 8 fucking movies to have a villain other than magneto or striker and striker sucks.
yeah but if it went back to marvel you may actually get some good movies - not sure we can handle that. it only took 8 fucking movies to have a villain other than magneto or striker and striker sucks.
5:39PM on 03/14/2014
J-man, a few things.
If you include the wolverine movies, this one is the 7th. The villain in First Class was Sebastian Shaw and the Hellfire club. The villain in 'The Wolverine' was the Silver Samurai. The Villain in DOFP are the sentinels.
J-man, a few things.
If you include the wolverine movies, this one is the 7th. The villain in First Class was Sebastian Shaw and the Hellfire club. The villain in 'The Wolverine' was the Silver Samurai. The Villain in DOFP are the sentinels.
10:10PM on 03/14/2014
no fun - yeah i know. i own all the movies. Shaw is boring though, and Striker sucks balls. I want Mr Sinister and the sentinels shouldve been in the second movie - and these "sentinels" dont look very threatening at all. These movies need to up their game is my real point. It's XMEN!!!! the battles should be bigger! and the Villains need to be larger than life! not guys in suit and ties. I did like the silver samurai for the 5 mins of fighting he did.
no fun - yeah i know. i own all the movies. Shaw is boring though, and Striker sucks balls. I want Mr Sinister and the sentinels shouldve been in the second movie - and these "sentinels" dont look very threatening at all. These movies need to up their game is my real point. It's XMEN!!!! the battles should be bigger! and the Villains need to be larger than life! not guys in suit and ties. I did like the silver samurai for the 5 mins of fighting he did.
2:38PM on 03/14/2014

Apocalypse = Destruction... makes sense!

In the last pic, does it look like Bishop is undergoing the same "time travel procedure" that Wolverine did in the teaser trailer? Hmmm....
In the last pic, does it look like Bishop is undergoing the same "time travel procedure" that Wolverine did in the teaser trailer? Hmmm....
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2:33PM on 03/14/2014

I am as far beyond mutants as they are beyond you

And also Singer, put Cable in the next X-Men movie

And also Singer, put Cable in the next X-Men movie

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2:25PM on 03/14/2014

YAYYYY

Finally we get to see shit blow up and all. Hope its not as silly as in man of steel, don't get me wrong I loved the mass destruction in that movie. But the end threw me off in that movie if everything was gone how was Clark back at the daily planet or was i missing something.
Finally we get to see shit blow up and all. Hope its not as silly as in man of steel, don't get me wrong I loved the mass destruction in that movie. But the end threw me off in that movie if everything was gone how was Clark back at the daily planet or was i missing something.
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5:12AM on 03/17/2014
What: you've never heard of Superman's repair Metropolis in a day vision? It's the same as his repair the Great Wall of China vision, but on a larger scale. That Superman: his powers are endless, as long as they make it up as they go along.

I'm sure they managed to start some publicity campaign with photos of Superman standing at construction sites, wearing a hard hat and holding a hammer to look like he is helping rebuild. After his involvement in the destruction of their city, he may need
What: you've never heard of Superman's repair Metropolis in a day vision? It's the same as his repair the Great Wall of China vision, but on a larger scale. That Superman: his powers are endless, as long as they make it up as they go along.

I'm sure they managed to start some publicity campaign with photos of Superman standing at construction sites, wearing a hard hat and holding a hammer to look like he is helping rebuild. After his involvement in the destruction of their city, he may need some good publicity. He was the reason the Kryptonians arrived in the first place.
2:17PM on 03/14/2014
Less talk, more trailer.
Less talk, more trailer.
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2:05PM on 03/14/2014

young versions...

I'm thinking by this he means we'll see a young Cyclops and a young Jean Grey. I mean who else is there that we haven't seen yet? Storm is the only other one I can really think of from the original X-Men Singer movie.
I'm thinking by this he means we'll see a young Cyclops and a young Jean Grey. I mean who else is there that we haven't seen yet? Storm is the only other one I can really think of from the original X-Men Singer movie.
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2:00PM on 03/14/2014

Let's see...

Young Storm, young Jean, young Cyclops, and Mr. Sinister!
Young Storm, young Jean, young Cyclops, and Mr. Sinister!
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