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05.13.2016

Earlier this week I had the chance to talk to the cast and crew of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, including director Bryan Singer, who shared some interesting stuff about his attachment to the X-Men franchise and his current involvement with it post-Apocalypse, as well as his comments on Simon Kinberg revealing to me that the next X-film will be set in the 90's era. In addition, Singer told me what he thought of DEADPOOL and how that character fits into the overall X-Men universe. Check it out.

Singer on the next X-Men film being set in the '90's era:

“I’ve always said when I originally set the trend of jumping decade to decade with FIRST CLASS, which I produced and wrote the story for and then DAYS OF FUTURE PAST in the 70’s, you know jumping decade, decade, and now this in the ‘80’s so it’s a natural progression to go to the ‘90’s, so that’s something, you know, he and I have talked about. “

Singer on his future with the X-Men franchise and what he's doing next:

"I always like to do something in between, whether it’s in television or movies, so I’m not just simply making X-Men movies my whole life and so there’s a movie I hope to make next, 20,000 Leagues at Fox, actually, and we’ll see how X-Men evolves, but I can’t see myself abandoning the franchise and I’m happy to see it progress in that manner. I think we’ve opened up the door to all kinds of timelines. We’re producing a television series, Simon [Kinberg] and I, with Lauren Schuler Donner, called Legion, which is sort of an alternate space from the X-Men universe. There’s lots of different places you can go, especially now that we’ve set it up that way.”

Singer's reaction to seeing DEADPOOL:

"I found the humor, Ryan Reynolds was just so funny, so talented, and all the meta humor, particularly the jokes about my own films, so wonderful and, in a way, comedically flattering."

Singer's thoughts on how DEADPOOL fits into the X-Men universe and crossover potential:

"I do feel he fits into the entire X-Men universe because they’re not just funny irreverent meta moments in that movie, there’s some genuinely  deep, serious, and emotional moments in that movie. And, Deadpool represents the ultimate themes of X-Men, the outsider, hiding in the shadows. Will he be accepted, won’t he, how does he react to that? He just happens to do it in a heightened meta comedic and at times ultraviolent way. X-Men in a different way, so he fits magnificently and I hope to see a day when he crosses paths with my X-Men."

Singer's involvement in the X-franchise has been mostly consistent for the past sixteen years and although some would rather see someone else step into the captain's chair for it, the director has been quite clear about his intentions of sticking with it. To what capacity is anyone's guess, but his commitment to it is strong. That said, it appears 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA is definitely where he's headed next. Look for my full video interview with Singer here during week of release for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE hits theaters on May 27th.

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3:00PM on 05/16/2016

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Serious scene. The X-Men discussing a very serious plot point. Reaction shots from some of the characters. Far in the background, we see DP waving at the screen. Cut back to serious scene.
Serious scene. The X-Men discussing a very serious plot point. Reaction shots from some of the characters. Far in the background, we see DP waving at the screen. Cut back to serious scene.
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4:16PM on 05/14/2016
Is he trying to take the credit for first class. Wth
He just isn't the director for a modern comic book film. He does it cheesy.
He should retire from the comic book film genre.
He may have directed the first X-men films but he didn't have much competition then either,the game has changed with the new style of comic book films.
Is he trying to take the credit for first class. Wth
He just isn't the director for a modern comic book film. He does it cheesy.
He should retire from the comic book film genre.
He may have directed the first X-men films but he didn't have much competition then either,the game has changed with the new style of comic book films.
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2:39PM on 05/13/2016
Keep Deadpool far far away from Singer. He ruined the X franchise the moment he touched it.
Keep Deadpool far far away from Singer. He ruined the X franchise the moment he touched it.
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1:41PM on 05/13/2016

Need some new blood...

For all the hate thrown at Snyder, I feel the true recipient of having no connection with the fan base is Bryan Singer. I'm not sold on his vision. Too much sexual undertones. He's used this franchise as a way to metaphorically correlate the mutant experience with the homosexual one. It is waaaaaay too heavy handed in that regard. Plus, while I find Jennifer Lawrence to be an exceptional actor; but the franchise has been over saturated with Mystique. It is time to pass on the mantle to a more
For all the hate thrown at Snyder, I feel the true recipient of having no connection with the fan base is Bryan Singer. I'm not sold on his vision. Too much sexual undertones. He's used this franchise as a way to metaphorically correlate the mutant experience with the homosexual one. It is waaaaaay too heavy handed in that regard. Plus, while I find Jennifer Lawrence to be an exceptional actor; but the franchise has been over saturated with Mystique. It is time to pass on the mantle to a more capable director who can bring these characters to life without sacrificing their stories for progressive agendas. I am a strong supporter of the LGBT community, I just don't feel that the X-men universe is appropriate to correlate that experience to.
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2:41PM on 05/13/2016
I don't think the homosexual metaphor is heavy-handed at all. In fact, it works much better than the racial one that people have come to associate it with, because the whole "your neighbor could be a mutant, DUN-DUN-DUN" aligns with the McCarthyist-esque witchhunts.
I don't think the homosexual metaphor is heavy-handed at all. In fact, it works much better than the racial one that people have come to associate it with, because the whole "your neighbor could be a mutant, DUN-DUN-DUN" aligns with the McCarthyist-esque witchhunts.
12:48PM on 05/13/2016
For the most part, I've enjoyed what Singer has done with the X-Men franchise. However, more recently at least, it seems they've gone the way of Marvel and made forgettable villains and wasted potentially captivating characters/stories for the sake of exposition and focusing more on big named actors (Lawrence). I hope Apocalypse is good (despite many reviews claiming Issac is wasted), and Singer becomes more of a creative lead versus the sole director of the X-Men movies. I'd like to get other
For the most part, I've enjoyed what Singer has done with the X-Men franchise. However, more recently at least, it seems they've gone the way of Marvel and made forgettable villains and wasted potentially captivating characters/stories for the sake of exposition and focusing more on big named actors (Lawrence). I hope Apocalypse is good (despite many reviews claiming Issac is wasted), and Singer becomes more of a creative lead versus the sole director of the X-Men movies. I'd like to get other fresh talent that want to take the franchise to new and exciting places.
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1:33PM on 05/13/2016
I agree. They definitely need new talent and let go the concept of focus on certain mutants (Wolverine/Mystic).. it's the "X-MEN" - the focus should be on the group. You can then spin-off into solo/duo films if there is a need. Maybe they are letting Singer just finish what he started therefor opening the door for others to tell stories. I hope Apocalypse doesn't die. He needs to be kept alive because they can so much with him!! And I kinda want to see Magneto and the Brotherhood of evil
I agree. They definitely need new talent and let go the concept of focus on certain mutants (Wolverine/Mystic).. it's the "X-MEN" - the focus should be on the group. You can then spin-off into solo/duo films if there is a need. Maybe they are letting Singer just finish what he started therefor opening the door for others to tell stories. I hope Apocalypse doesn't die. He needs to be kept alive because they can so much with him!! And I kinda want to see Magneto and the Brotherhood of evil mutants come back. I'm sick of Magneto being the "Anti-Hero" - I wanna see him be a straight up villain. Oh! Mystic too - hopefully she becomes the bad guy she's always been and takes off after this movie. They spin her off into her own film if they have to.. but from now on, she should just be a runaway that we see here and there.
12:45PM on 05/13/2016
Bringing Deadpool into a stale franchise would be a mistake. Let him interact with X-Men, just not Singer's X-Men.
Bringing Deadpool into a stale franchise would be a mistake. Let him interact with X-Men, just not Singer's X-Men.
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