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Bryan Singer talks which mutants he'd like for X-Men: Apocalypse

Mar. 20, 2014by: Niki Stephens

Now we move on from one X-Men collaborator to another

Bryan Singer recently spoke to Spanish film site Cine Premiere about which mutants hed like to see return to X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Fans have pointed out several of their own picks on who theyd like to see. Some of them have already made appearances in X-MEN films, and the others are beloved characters that have not made the leap off the page.

Right now, hes got an idea in the back of his head on who might be back but with it being so early in the process all he could offer was this (with the help of Google Translate):

I'm considering Gambit and potentially a young Nightcrawler for Apocalypse. [I was] going to have Nightcrawler [in Days of Future Past] and even wrote a scene, but I felt that we were forcing too [many mutants] known history.

As for the rest of the team, the site said this (again Google Translating): the director was very clear to ensure that the film will only show the last mutants.

Which characters would you like to see in the next film?

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE hits theaters on May 27, 2016.

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9:59PM on 03/20/2014

Missed opportunity

I really feel they missed an opportunity with the X franchise. I wish they would have concentrated the storylines on the Summers family lineage. Cyclops, Phoenix, Havok, Mr.Sinister, Cable, Stryfe, Apocalypse. So much rich history in the comics following these characters. Oh well, at least Hugh Jackman is really famous now...
I really feel they missed an opportunity with the X franchise. I wish they would have concentrated the storylines on the Summers family lineage. Cyclops, Phoenix, Havok, Mr.Sinister, Cable, Stryfe, Apocalypse. So much rich history in the comics following these characters. Oh well, at least Hugh Jackman is really famous now...
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6:05AM on 03/21/2014
Well effing said.
Well effing said.
1:16AM on 03/21/2014
When they reboot the series, this is the direction they should take.
When they reboot the series, this is the direction they should take.
12:57AM on 03/21/2014
Spot on.
Spot on.
10:11PM on 03/20/2014
As much as I love the Singer X-Men films (2 especially) and what he did for this universe and comic book films In general, after Apocalypse it is probably time to reboot this series. The continuity is just getting more mixed up for these characters. I'm usually against reboots so soon, but I admit it would be interesting to have a new series beginning with a film focusing on the original x-men (Xavier, Cyclopse, Jean, Angle, Beast, and Iceman), and build off of that with sequels by adding more
As much as I love the Singer X-Men films (2 especially) and what he did for this universe and comic book films In general, after Apocalypse it is probably time to reboot this series. The continuity is just getting more mixed up for these characters. I'm usually against reboots so soon, but I admit it would be interesting to have a new series beginning with a film focusing on the original x-men (Xavier, Cyclopse, Jean, Angle, Beast, and Iceman), and build off of that with sequels by adding more x-men (Storm, Rouge, Wolverine, Kitty, Nightcrawler, etc.)
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10:44PM on 03/20/2014
Wolverine, Magneto, Xavier, Storm, Mystique
Wolverine, Magneto, Xavier, Storm, Mystique
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6:04AM on 03/21/2014
I see what you did there.
I see what you did there.
11:01PM on 03/20/2014

Young Nightcrawler, could be fun....

He's an obvious fan favorite. Alan Cumming did well, he made X2 one of the most rewatchable of the franchise. With a bigger budget for graphics, and less makeup for the actor, we could see a more versatile performance. And his parents have already appeared on screen, they wont have to waste too much time w/ backstory. And if you want Gambit to have a role, the Age of Apocalypse isnt the storyline to start with...Not that I dont like Gambit.
He's an obvious fan favorite. Alan Cumming did well, he made X2 one of the most rewatchable of the franchise. With a bigger budget for graphics, and less makeup for the actor, we could see a more versatile performance. And his parents have already appeared on screen, they wont have to waste too much time w/ backstory. And if you want Gambit to have a role, the Age of Apocalypse isnt the storyline to start with...Not that I dont like Gambit.
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12:07AM on 03/21/2014
It's about time Gambit makes another appearance in this franchise. Hopefully Singer brings back Kitsch for continuity reasons or casts Josh Holloway or Alexander Skarsgaard for the role.

But the mutant line up I would like to see in Apocalypse would be Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Cyclops, Beast, Nightcrawler, Storm, Rogue, and Gambit.
It's about time Gambit makes another appearance in this franchise. Hopefully Singer brings back Kitsch for continuity reasons or casts Josh Holloway or Alexander Skarsgaard for the role.

But the mutant line up I would like to see in Apocalypse would be Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Cyclops, Beast, Nightcrawler, Storm, Rogue, and Gambit.
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10:13AM on 03/21/2014
Well, Lauren Donner has said that she does want to recast Gambit and she suggested Channing Tatum. Apparently she wants to do a Gambit solo film. Of course, they could cast ANYBODY as Gambit if they aren't going to do a Gambit movie. It's not as if they cast big name stars for Iceman and Colossus.
Well, Lauren Donner has said that she does want to recast Gambit and she suggested Channing Tatum. Apparently she wants to do a Gambit solo film. Of course, they could cast ANYBODY as Gambit if they aren't going to do a Gambit movie. It's not as if they cast big name stars for Iceman and Colossus.
9:20AM on 03/21/2014
Hell no to Taylor Kitsch: his attempt to do a New Orleans accent was as bad as Kevin Costner's English accent in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES.
Hell no to Taylor Kitsch: his attempt to do a New Orleans accent was as bad as Kevin Costner's English accent in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES.
3:54AM on 03/21/2014
For continuity reasons, Rogue would be a baby in the 80s.

It would be an interesting role reversal from the first trilogy if Beast, Wolverine, Gambit, Mystique and Havok were the X-Men and Storm, Cyclops, Jean, Dazzler and Nightcrawler were new recruits.
For continuity reasons, Rogue would be a baby in the 80s.

It would be an interesting role reversal from the first trilogy if Beast, Wolverine, Gambit, Mystique and Havok were the X-Men and Storm, Cyclops, Jean, Dazzler and Nightcrawler were new recruits.
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12:31AM on 03/21/2014

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if they''re doing Apocalypse, then they need Archangel. then again, they already messed up Angel in X3 and didn't give him a proper set up for Apocalypse. so, i have no idea.
if they''re doing Apocalypse, then they need Archangel. then again, they already messed up Angel in X3 and didn't give him a proper set up for Apocalypse. so, i have no idea.
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1:15AM on 03/21/2014
Archangel is a must.
Archangel is a must.
12:34AM on 03/21/2014
Stephan Lang as Cable
Stephan Lang as Cable
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7:35AM on 03/21/2014
That's a spot-on casting.
That's a spot-on casting.
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12:34AM on 03/21/2014

also young Nightcrawler would be horrible

that white house scene in X2 was fucking awesome. but wasn't Nightcrawler brainwashed? he was a pussy after that for the whole movie. a younger version would be a bigger pussy.
that white house scene in X2 was fucking awesome. but wasn't Nightcrawler brainwashed? he was a pussy after that for the whole movie. a younger version would be a bigger pussy.
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1:44PM on 03/22/2014
You're a pussy.
You're a pussy.
1:16AM on 03/21/2014
lolololol
lolololol
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1:53AM on 03/21/2014
The end-all be-all mutants for Apocalypse would be Cable. However,
Cable would've needed a father... you know, to be fucking born.
The end-all be-all mutants for Apocalypse would be Cable. However,
Cable would've needed a father... you know, to be fucking born.
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11:36AM on 03/21/2014
ROTFLMFAO..
It's funny cause it's true..
ROTFLMFAO..
It's funny cause it's true..
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5:53AM on 03/21/2014

Ugh...

So more random BS, miss-managed characters, retroactive anachronistic timeline shenanigans and an all together terrible X-Men movie with an alien Apocalypse who will probably look NOTHING like how we know him and where black leather? Yeah, no thanks. Why so many people on this site are excited for "Days of Future Past" (it's not Days of Future Past, have you read the 2 issue storyline?) AND this turd burglar, I don't understand why. Singer has made, what? TWO decent flicks? Maybe three? And he
So more random BS, miss-managed characters, retroactive anachronistic timeline shenanigans and an all together terrible X-Men movie with an alien Apocalypse who will probably look NOTHING like how we know him and where black leather? Yeah, no thanks. Why so many people on this site are excited for "Days of Future Past" (it's not Days of Future Past, have you read the 2 issue storyline?) AND this turd burglar, I don't understand why. Singer has made, what? TWO decent flicks? Maybe three? And he continues to show NO RESPECT to X-Men fans. Sure X-Men 2 was good, but it's a shiny rock amidst a sea of shit.
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8:58AM on 03/21/2014
Totally agree they've royally screwed the timeline which could of been an epic continued story with the X-Men. Singer shot down that rumor that Apocalypse is an alien though.
Totally agree they've royally screwed the timeline which could of been an epic continued story with the X-Men. Singer shot down that rumor that Apocalypse is an alien though.
6:16AM on 03/21/2014
You are correct!! Ive said that this aint days of future past alot of this site.

About 2% of people on here read comics about 100% claim too. the soloist is terrible for claiming to be a comic book fan.
You are correct!! Ive said that this aint days of future past alot of this site.

About 2% of people on here read comics about 100% claim too. the soloist is terrible for claiming to be a comic book fan.
6:20AM on 03/21/2014
Once again Cyclops gets the shaft. I agree with the idea of rebooting the franchise after Apocolypse.
Once again Cyclops gets the shaft. I agree with the idea of rebooting the franchise after Apocolypse.
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9:03AM on 03/21/2014
Yeah, this had NOTHING to do with Allan Cummings absolutely hating being Nightcrawler and the way Singer handled him, and being so public about it...
Yeah, this had NOTHING to do with Allan Cummings absolutely hating being Nightcrawler and the way Singer handled him, and being so public about it...
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9:19AM on 03/21/2014
If Fox had done the X-Men universe justice right from the get go, they wouldn't need Singer fixing continuity problems and such. For even a Apocalypse movie, they can't have one specific storyline without changing drastic things. They could take the events that follow in the Amazing X-Men or X-Calibre "Age of Apocalypse" arc, which would keep Bishop, Banshee, Mystique and Havok in the mix, also introducing Mr.Sinister, but obviously they'll have to break continuity.
If Fox had done the X-Men universe justice right from the get go, they wouldn't need Singer fixing continuity problems and such. For even a Apocalypse movie, they can't have one specific storyline without changing drastic things. They could take the events that follow in the Amazing X-Men or X-Calibre "Age of Apocalypse" arc, which would keep Bishop, Banshee, Mystique and Havok in the mix, also introducing Mr.Sinister, but obviously they'll have to break continuity.
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8:39AM on 03/22/2014
Yes.
And having an Apocalypse X-Men films without Cable, Rachel Grey and Mr Sinister, is like having a DoFP without Rachel and a time travelling Kitty Pride... Ho wait...
Yes.
And having an Apocalypse X-Men films without Cable, Rachel Grey and Mr Sinister, is like having a DoFP without Rachel and a time travelling Kitty Pride... Ho wait...
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11:29AM on 03/21/2014

OG X-Men

It would be awesome if they could actually do a movie with just the original X-Men. It would bang Fox's continuity right in the pooper, but I would love to see Apocalypse feature Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman, and Angel exclusively.
Though I won't complain about Gambit and Nightcrawler - both faves of mine, certainly. They just really need to figure out that Cyclops can be awesome in the right hands.
It would be awesome if they could actually do a movie with just the original X-Men. It would bang Fox's continuity right in the pooper, but I would love to see Apocalypse feature Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman, and Angel exclusively.
Though I won't complain about Gambit and Nightcrawler - both faves of mine, certainly. They just really need to figure out that Cyclops can be awesome in the right hands.
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11:38AM on 03/21/2014
Cyclops is very intrical to the whole X-MEN mythology. Not including Professor X, he's the leader of the X-MEN. It baffles me how they just pushed his and Jean Grey's whole family storyline to the sidelines. We undestand WOLVERINE is the moneymaker of the family, but that doesn't mean you shove him to the frontlines. Joss knew this best and he told the studio and Robert straight out, Cap is the leader, when you make your solo IRON MAN films, do what you want, but here, in AVENGERS land, you are
Cyclops is very intrical to the whole X-MEN mythology. Not including Professor X, he's the leader of the X-MEN. It baffles me how they just pushed his and Jean Grey's whole family storyline to the sidelines. We undestand WOLVERINE is the moneymaker of the family, but that doesn't mean you shove him to the frontlines. Joss knew this best and he told the studio and Robert straight out, Cap is the leader, when you make your solo IRON MAN films, do what you want, but here, in AVENGERS land, you are just a member of the team. A valuable member, but a member non the less. And that's exactly what they should have done with Hugh, and he's a cool guy, he would'nt have fought them, but that's why FOX MARVEL is where they're at and DISNEY MARVEL is on top.
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1:55PM on 03/22/2014
But you must remember if Bryan singer would have made the third movie like he should have, Cyclops would have remained a big part, he hated the Cyclops was killed off. Not sure who is to blame with Singer leaving, but hopefully his return will mean good things.
But you must remember if Bryan singer would have made the third movie like he should have, Cyclops would have remained a big part, he hated the Cyclops was killed off. Not sure who is to blame with Singer leaving, but hopefully his return will mean good things.
1:39PM on 03/22/2014
Aaaand I quit reading w your incorrect opening sentence.....
Aaaand I quit reading w your incorrect opening sentence.....
12:02PM on 03/21/2014
It would be cool if he brought back Gambit and Nightcrawler. I say fuck it and don't worry about Taylor Kitsch, just recast with who he thinks can play the part. And recast Nightcrawler as younger.
But since he's made it clear that this movie will focus on the new cast of X-Men characters, recast with a younger Cyclops. Someone who actually wants to play the part and isn't going to bail like Marsden did.
It would be cool if he brought back Gambit and Nightcrawler. I say fuck it and don't worry about Taylor Kitsch, just recast with who he thinks can play the part. And recast Nightcrawler as younger.
But since he's made it clear that this movie will focus on the new cast of X-Men characters, recast with a younger Cyclops. Someone who actually wants to play the part and isn't going to bail like Marsden did.
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8:34AM on 03/22/2014
Indeed, and Rothman had his character killed, as retaliation.
Indeed, and Rothman had his character killed, as retaliation.
12:38AM on 03/22/2014
Marsden bailed to be with Singer on Superman.
Marsden bailed to be with Singer on Superman.
1:43PM on 03/22/2014
Siiiiiigggghhhh....

Will we ever see Marvel/ Disney's X-Men?
Siiiiiigggghhhh....

Will we ever see Marvel/ Disney's X-Men?
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1:51PM on 03/22/2014
This is amazing! My two favourites who haven't been represented on the big screen enough! Obviously a young cyclops is a must too, but I think he's gauranteed, Singer said he hated how the character was killed in that wretched third film. Safe to say they are rewriting the whole time line, so in theory anyone could be brought back.
This is amazing! My two favourites who haven't been represented on the big screen enough! Obviously a young cyclops is a must too, but I think he's gauranteed, Singer said he hated how the character was killed in that wretched third film. Safe to say they are rewriting the whole time line, so in theory anyone could be brought back.
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7:30PM on 03/22/2014
Gambit is my favorite character and I was disappointed with his misuse in X-Men Origins. I would love to see him show up in another movie and have more of his classic look. I also think that Josh Hartnett would be an awesome choice to play Remy LeBeau.
Gambit is my favorite character and I was disappointed with his misuse in X-Men Origins. I would love to see him show up in another movie and have more of his classic look. I also think that Josh Hartnett would be an awesome choice to play Remy LeBeau.
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