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Finding the right look for Apocalypse was a group effort says Oscar Isaac

07.17.2015

Our first real glimpse at Oscar Isaac's character from X-MEN: APOCALYPSE came yesterday and I think it's safe to say that his reveal wasn't met with the universal praise that Bryan Singer and company had hoped for. Everyone and their aunt has chimed in as to how the costume could be improved or changed but keep in mind that designing the villain's look was a real group effort and that the costume went through more than a few changes before settling on what we saw yesterday.

Oscar Isaac spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his costume:

We had to do some adjustments here and there and be like, alright, maybe this is too alien, he also is someone who people would want to follow and not just be terrified of. So the balance, and then making sure that there’s some great elements from the comic but also making our own thing as well. In the comic, he generally is like 12 feet, 600 pounds.

I'm no X-Men scholar by any means but even I was a little disappointed with how the fabled villain will appear in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, but if we're to learn from past assumptions (Quicksilver), we should remember that seeing a still image of a character is a very different thing from seeing that character in motion with a talented actor giving a performance. The talented actor in question, Oscar Isaac, has been a fan of the X-Men since he was a kid and started collecting the comics right around the same time that Apocalypse first arrived on the scene.

I grew up reading the comics and I actually collected X Factor when I was younger and that was when Apocalypse first showed up, and I was particularly freaked out with like the second coming and the end of the world, the apocalypse, so when there was a character that embodied that, and even from Sunday school, I remember the four horsemen and all that kind of imagery that’s still to this day some of the scariest imagery I can think of.

As the film is still shooting, Oscar Isaac couldn't give out many details but he did tease that the final battle of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE will be pretty insane as it's "freaking Apocalypse fighting all of the X-Men." Disappointment aside, that sounds pretty damn cool, but we'll have to wait until May 27, 2016 to find out if Bryan Singer can pull it off.

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11:16PM on 07/20/2015
God forbid I don't pass judgment on the interwebs without actually seeing the final product, but I'll wait until I see the actual performance and writing. I'll fully admit I made snide comments about the DOFP Quicksilver before it got released, and was thusly ok with placing my foot in my mouth when I saw what a great job they did with it. Say what you will about Singer, but he's gone out of his way to do right by most of the characters, even if he's had to tweak here and there.
God forbid I don't pass judgment on the interwebs without actually seeing the final product, but I'll wait until I see the actual performance and writing. I'll fully admit I made snide comments about the DOFP Quicksilver before it got released, and was thusly ok with placing my foot in my mouth when I saw what a great job they did with it. Say what you will about Singer, but he's gone out of his way to do right by most of the characters, even if he's had to tweak here and there.
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9:19PM on 07/20/2015

So... It being awful is something that is excusable...?

So... It being awful is something that is excusable due to it being conceived by a group effort. I don't care if one person, ten people, or your imaginary puppet created the look, it is irrelevant, it should look awesome because that is expected. We shouldn't have to compromise because the group fucking sucks and doesn't know the appeal of the character.
So... It being awful is something that is excusable due to it being conceived by a group effort. I don't care if one person, ten people, or your imaginary puppet created the look, it is irrelevant, it should look awesome because that is expected. We shouldn't have to compromise because the group fucking sucks and doesn't know the appeal of the character.
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2:02PM on 07/20/2015

hopefully...

someone in the digital department fixes this ugly nonsense
someone in the digital department fixes this ugly nonsense
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8:31AM on 07/20/2015
Not sure why they didn't try to recreate the bulk and size of Apocalypse. I mean Marvel looks like they've done a good job with bringing Thanos to the screen so far, no reason a huge imposing Apocalypse can't be created as well. Who knows, maybe that shows up at some point in the movie. I'll still go see it and give it a chance.
Not sure why they didn't try to recreate the bulk and size of Apocalypse. I mean Marvel looks like they've done a good job with bringing Thanos to the screen so far, no reason a huge imposing Apocalypse can't be created as well. Who knows, maybe that shows up at some point in the movie. I'll still go see it and give it a chance.
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2:51PM on 07/19/2015

What a bad look...

Looks like a cross between Ivan Ooze and the Wishmaster. lol Hope his character is somewhat good, but all hope is lost for this movie now. That look just rubs me the wrong way.
Looks like a cross between Ivan Ooze and the Wishmaster. lol Hope his character is somewhat good, but all hope is lost for this movie now. That look just rubs me the wrong way.
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8:54PM on 07/19/2015
exactly. it doesn't really matter how intimidating oscar isaac will be, the look just says goofy power ranger villain.
exactly. it doesn't really matter how intimidating oscar isaac will be, the look just says goofy power ranger villain.
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1:39PM on 07/19/2015
lets not be soo pc and nice. the look of the characters from the xmen series so far have been pretty lame and pathetic. take sabretooth, juggernaut, colosus, storm's twenty hairstyles for example.

This look for apocalypse can only be described as a failure. I can't say anything about how he will be in the movie as the actor is a very talented and capable actor. Im only giving my opinion on the look and it sucks. period. I've seen cosplayers do a better job with a $75 budget.
lets not be soo pc and nice. the look of the characters from the xmen series so far have been pretty lame and pathetic. take sabretooth, juggernaut, colosus, storm's twenty hairstyles for example.

This look for apocalypse can only be described as a failure. I can't say anything about how he will be in the movie as the actor is a very talented and capable actor. Im only giving my opinion on the look and it sucks. period. I've seen cosplayers do a better job with a $75 budget.
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12:06PM on 07/19/2015

FYI, I still want FF to fail.....

Haven't commented in a awhile. Been wanting to here and there, and after the Apocalypse reveal, i felt like commenting. Here goes - i was a fan of the earlier X films . i couldnt believe we were actually getting comic films that wasnt superman or batman, but after the success of all these comic films, the flaws in the x characters are more apparent than ever. I am no longer a fan of Singers take on these characters. There are so many details that Singer completely ignores in order to tell his
Haven't commented in a awhile. Been wanting to here and there, and after the Apocalypse reveal, i felt like commenting. Here goes - i was a fan of the earlier X films . i couldnt believe we were actually getting comic films that wasnt superman or batman, but after the success of all these comic films, the flaws in the x characters are more apparent than ever. I am no longer a fan of Singers take on these characters. There are so many details that Singer completely ignores in order to tell his stories. Details that help define a charater and could lead to interesting plot points or stories, maybe even solo films...Mystique and Nightcrawlers connection, Storms history and strength, Cyclops and Rogue overall, a Colossus who is Russian, blah blah blah. Im not surprised about how Apocalypse looks. Im now one of those who wants no more X Men films. Take some long time off, reboot with original characters and not focus one the same characters film after film, sick of Mystique and Magneto and the latter is one of my favorite characters. But i know the whole Fox using the rights in certain amount of time bs. Another thing is i really wish people would stop using the "Heath Ledger Joker/Quicksilver reveal vs final product" examples. That argument doesn't apply to everything. Hell, quicksilvers scene in DoFP was entertaining enough, but did that actor really bring anything to the role, far as im concerned that role could of went to someone else and everybody would still praise it. Anyways im rambling on just to say i think Apocalypse looks like a cheap Syfy channel Character.
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10:29AM on 07/20/2015
"Nice. Bullseye" - Tim & Eric
"Nice. Bullseye" - Tim & Eric
6:12PM on 07/18/2015

And yet this cosplay did it better

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12:43PM on 07/18/2015
I'm hoping this is his "freshly woken up from thousands of years of sleep" look before we get a much larger, stronger, more threatening looking Apocalypse. There may also be post effects added to him as well. I dunno. I will give it a fair chance, not digging it, but won't assume it's gonna suck because of it. Just like Fantastic Four, will give it a chance before I judge it. I'm sure next year NYCC will have a better idea of how he'll look onscreen.
I'm hoping this is his "freshly woken up from thousands of years of sleep" look before we get a much larger, stronger, more threatening looking Apocalypse. There may also be post effects added to him as well. I dunno. I will give it a fair chance, not digging it, but won't assume it's gonna suck because of it. Just like Fantastic Four, will give it a chance before I judge it. I'm sure next year NYCC will have a better idea of how he'll look onscreen.
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11:16AM on 07/18/2015
As an X-Men fan since a child, I don't love it, but I'm liking it. If you look at this costume design, its quite similar to the one from the comics. The only difference is his face is blue here than his familiar grey look. It's like they felt making the Juggarnaut all jacked wasn't received well, so why make Apocalypse as big as you can without impeding the actors ability to portray the character. People have their right to complain but give it a chance.
As an X-Men fan since a child, I don't love it, but I'm liking it. If you look at this costume design, its quite similar to the one from the comics. The only difference is his face is blue here than his familiar grey look. It's like they felt making the Juggarnaut all jacked wasn't received well, so why make Apocalypse as big as you can without impeding the actors ability to portray the character. People have their right to complain but give it a chance.
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10:11AM on 07/18/2015
I'm a fan of Bryan Singer's X-Men movies but the costume design isn't necessarily a strength of the series so far. I liked the look of Alan Cumming's Nightcrawler and Rebecca Romjin's Mystique - even if the latter is naked-er than in the comics - but the X-Men uniforms were very average and they've been fighting with Storm's hair since the beginning.

I'm no fan of Apocalypse - the character or its look - but if you're going to make a movie version of him, you should try to stick closer to
I'm a fan of Bryan Singer's X-Men movies but the costume design isn't necessarily a strength of the series so far. I liked the look of Alan Cumming's Nightcrawler and Rebecca Romjin's Mystique - even if the latter is naked-er than in the comics - but the X-Men uniforms were very average and they've been fighting with Storm's hair since the beginning.

I'm no fan of Apocalypse - the character or its look - but if you're going to make a movie version of him, you should try to stick closer to what he looks like in the comics.
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3:08AM on 07/19/2015
Um, NO. You really can't explain an Egyptian cyborg with metal hoses on his wrist.
Um, NO. You really can't explain an Egyptian cyborg with metal hoses on his wrist.
12:08PM on 07/19/2015
At least give him the blue long lips
At least give him the blue long lips
9:34AM on 07/18/2015
Honestly, I like the look. The thing is, Oscar Isaac is a terrific actor and allowing his face to be seen under makeup instead of CGI is a wise choice. He's going to be able to own the performance more so than if it was mo-cap. If you're not intimidated by a still, just remember that Isaac will probably take care of that part with his acting chops.
Honestly, I like the look. The thing is, Oscar Isaac is a terrific actor and allowing his face to be seen under makeup instead of CGI is a wise choice. He's going to be able to own the performance more so than if it was mo-cap. If you're not intimidated by a still, just remember that Isaac will probably take care of that part with his acting chops.
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8:32AM on 07/18/2015

I LIKE IT!

Because an 8 foot tall dude with purple skin and a huge A on his chest would look like a dork either way.
Because an 8 foot tall dude with purple skin and a huge A on his chest would look like a dork either way.
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1:43PM on 07/19/2015
Yeah because no one wants to see an 8 foot tall dude with green skin and purple stretchy pants.
Yeah because no one wants to see an 8 foot tall dude with green skin and purple stretchy pants.
1:01AM on 07/20/2015
Does the Hulk have chest hairs in the shape of an H? No, I don't think so.
Does the Hulk have chest hairs in the shape of an H? No, I don't think so.
5:31AM on 07/18/2015
Decisions by committee, we all know how well those turn out. I am not even a fan of the comic and I am disappointed in how he looks.
Decisions by committee, we all know how well those turn out. I am not even a fan of the comic and I am disappointed in how he looks.
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2:55PM on 07/18/2015
Um, nearly every decision on a film is a "decision by committee". There are constant meetings where the filmmakers, producers, and other department heads discuss and analyze every aspect of a movie. Auteur doesn't exist in Hollywood anymore, and hasn't for a long time.
Um, nearly every decision on a film is a "decision by committee". There are constant meetings where the filmmakers, producers, and other department heads discuss and analyze every aspect of a movie. Auteur doesn't exist in Hollywood anymore, and hasn't for a long time.
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4:12AM on 07/18/2015

So this article is about how they failed, right?

Epic fail. I mean, it's a Bryan Singer/Fox X-Men movie so I was anticipating this is how it would go. And for the record, Apocalypse doesn't give a damn if you follow him or not. He believes that the strongest shall survive. That's it. He thinks he's the strongest (he's usually right) get in line, get out of his way, or die.
Epic fail. I mean, it's a Bryan Singer/Fox X-Men movie so I was anticipating this is how it would go. And for the record, Apocalypse doesn't give a damn if you follow him or not. He believes that the strongest shall survive. That's it. He thinks he's the strongest (he's usually right) get in line, get out of his way, or die.
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12:14PM on 07/19/2015
AGREED
AGREED
3:24AM on 07/18/2015

JUST A HELPFUL TIP...

Actually, this isn't so much as a tip so much as it is professional rule of thumb: If you're writing an article on a subject, it behooves you to double check and makes sure you're using the correct images. Because the pic you've used for the article as it appears on the JoBlo homepage... yeah... that's Ivan Ooze from the new Power Rangers movie... NOT Apocalypse. Because, cropped out are Rita and Lord Zedd. And NO, Apocalypse does not make an appearance in the Power Rangers universe... Get real.
Actually, this isn't so much as a tip so much as it is professional rule of thumb: If you're writing an article on a subject, it behooves you to double check and makes sure you're using the correct images. Because the pic you've used for the article as it appears on the JoBlo homepage... yeah... that's Ivan Ooze from the new Power Rangers movie... NOT Apocalypse. Because, cropped out are Rita and Lord Zedd. And NO, Apocalypse does not make an appearance in the Power Rangers universe... Get real.
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3:03AM on 07/18/2015
He looks worth than doom from the fantastic four movie. Its hilarious how the same idiots who tore fantastic four to pieces are accepting this lol.
He looks worth than doom from the fantastic four movie. Its hilarious how the same idiots who tore fantastic four to pieces are accepting this lol.
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2:52AM on 07/18/2015

Yes!!

Ivan Ooze!!......oh wait..........
Ivan Ooze!!......oh wait..........
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1:02AM on 07/18/2015

So are we...

Finally going to get a fucked up superhero movie where the heros die and dont' actually save people.
Finally going to get a fucked up superhero movie where the heros die and dont' actually save people.
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11:22PM on 07/17/2015
why are people mad about the design of the characters now. Didn't anyone see the past seven films. No one was comic book accurate. To be completely honest I'm surprised he even remotely resembles apocalypse. Psylocke looks like the comic.
The sentinels looked like shit, juggernaut, sabertooth etc. apocalypse actually looks the best when compared to these guys. The time for complaining about inaccurate costumes ended at X2.
why are people mad about the design of the characters now. Didn't anyone see the past seven films. No one was comic book accurate. To be completely honest I'm surprised he even remotely resembles apocalypse. Psylocke looks like the comic.
The sentinels looked like shit, juggernaut, sabertooth etc. apocalypse actually looks the best when compared to these guys. The time for complaining about inaccurate costumes ended at X2.
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11:14PM on 07/17/2015
My god. Some of you people act like you work for Fox or have some personal stake in some of these movie franchises. Could one more person repeat the line from above about people criticizing Quicksilver? For the record, making a tertiary character overcome his mediocre design to work in one well designed scene is a lot different than having your film's primary antagonist needing to carry a movie while being roundly laughed at. The very first thought I had after seeing this Apocalypse was, "He
My god. Some of you people act like you work for Fox or have some personal stake in some of these movie franchises. Could one more person repeat the line from above about people criticizing Quicksilver? For the record, making a tertiary character overcome his mediocre design to work in one well designed scene is a lot different than having your film's primary antagonist needing to carry a movie while being roundly laughed at. The very first thought I had after seeing this Apocalypse was, "He looks like a fucking Power Rangers villain." Then I saw updates from a million different people that thought exactly the same thing. I don't know what the answer was with Apocalypse, but I imagine that "...as intimidating as a Power Rangers villain," was likely not what they had hoped for.
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10:57PM on 07/17/2015
Quicksilver is one thing. A fairly minor character when compared to others. Apocalypse is one of Marvel's greatest villains. If ever there was a character to maintain a look for, it's Apocalypse. They shouldn't have done a thing with him. His comic book version looks menacing and intimidating. This movie look is like something out of Power Rangers. Sorry, but I just can't take him seriously.
Quicksilver is one thing. A fairly minor character when compared to others. Apocalypse is one of Marvel's greatest villains. If ever there was a character to maintain a look for, it's Apocalypse. They shouldn't have done a thing with him. His comic book version looks menacing and intimidating. This movie look is like something out of Power Rangers. Sorry, but I just can't take him seriously.
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9:32PM on 07/17/2015
As mentioned below, people made a big fuss with quicksilver and that turned out ok. There were also similar complaints with bane (not like the comic, not big enough, etc.). As long as we have a talented actor and director, which we do, I see no reason to make a big fuss.
As mentioned below, people made a big fuss with quicksilver and that turned out ok. There were also similar complaints with bane (not like the comic, not big enough, etc.). As long as we have a talented actor and director, which we do, I see no reason to make a big fuss.
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8:37PM on 07/17/2015

just for spite

This reminds me of when everyone complained about Quicksilver. Based off one picture everyone acts as if they know everything with his look.
This reminds me of when everyone complained about Quicksilver. Based off one picture everyone acts as if they know everything with his look.
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8:42PM on 07/17/2015
please see below in regards to that. that complaint is answered.
please see below in regards to that. that complaint is answered.
3:31AM on 07/18/2015
Actually, it's a littttttle bit different in this situation... Only parallel between the two situation is the negative criticism of their appearance and that's about it.
Actually, it's a littttttle bit different in this situation... Only parallel between the two situation is the negative criticism of their appearance and that's about it.
8:36PM on 07/17/2015
I don't love or dislike the design. I mean, I doubt this will be the only interpretation and/or design of the character that we will see throughout the film since Apocalypse can change his size, appearance, etc. And we shouldn't rush to judge considering the fact that they have only been filming for only a month or two (maybe?), and Isaac has proven himself to be a really good actor as of late, so I'm not exactly freaking out with this first design. I mean, look at all of the criticism that
I don't love or dislike the design. I mean, I doubt this will be the only interpretation and/or design of the character that we will see throughout the film since Apocalypse can change his size, appearance, etc. And we shouldn't rush to judge considering the fact that they have only been filming for only a month or two (maybe?), and Isaac has proven himself to be a really good actor as of late, so I'm not exactly freaking out with this first design. I mean, look at all of the criticism that came with Quicksilver'a design and then he ended up with argurably the best scene of the film. It's not only the design of Apocalypse, but also how the character is used and portrayed.
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8:43PM on 07/17/2015
ya but people were complaining about Quicksilver cuz he looked like an asshat douchebag. Apocalypse just looks awful.
ya but people were complaining about Quicksilver cuz he looked like an asshat douchebag. Apocalypse just looks awful.
3:08AM on 07/18/2015
Shouldn't rush to judge? You are a fucking clownshoe. You judge movies from the moment they start having casting rumors. Fucking asshat!
Shouldn't rush to judge? You are a fucking clownshoe. You judge movies from the moment they start having casting rumors. Fucking asshat!
4:06PM on 07/18/2015
Way to make things unnecessarily personal, troll. Now go learn to capitalize proper names.
Way to make things unnecessarily personal, troll. Now go learn to capitalize proper names.
8:14PM on 07/17/2015
Plus the man is tiny five foot eight? i always thought he'd be like eight feet tall and be performance capture... and look like he does in the comics (i'd accept some changes to make him more realistic) but he just like a cheap power rangers character.
Plus the man is tiny five foot eight? i always thought he'd be like eight feet tall and be performance capture... and look like he does in the comics (i'd accept some changes to make him more realistic) but he just like a cheap power rangers character.
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8:04PM on 07/17/2015
Well Oscar then the group failed hard. This looks absolutely atrocious. As the previous column about this brought to light, you're a fucking power rangers villain. You're Ivan Ooze without the chin tendrils. Blue? You're supposed to be grey, mostly so anyway, with a blue uniform/suit. You guys actually reversed the color scheme with the grey suit and blue skin. Apocalypse is supposed to be a huge imposing figure. Why not do exactly what Marvel did with Thanos, you know, make them a huge
Well Oscar then the group failed hard. This looks absolutely atrocious. As the previous column about this brought to light, you're a fucking power rangers villain. You're Ivan Ooze without the chin tendrils. Blue? You're supposed to be grey, mostly so anyway, with a blue uniform/suit. You guys actually reversed the color scheme with the grey suit and blue skin. Apocalypse is supposed to be a huge imposing figure. Why not do exactly what Marvel did with Thanos, you know, make them a huge imposing figure. Every single thing about the character design has failed. You can play this guy spot on, and yet looking at you on screen, I'll be thinking GO GO Power Rangers every time I see you.
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8:09PM on 07/17/2015
the difference between quicksilver and this (before anyone brings that up) is that quicksilver just looked like an asshat D-bag. This just looks flat out BAD!
the difference between quicksilver and this (before anyone brings that up) is that quicksilver just looked like an asshat D-bag. This just looks flat out BAD!
8:03PM on 07/17/2015
"and we all agreed on Ivan Ooze"

lol

but seriously look at this

this [link] is better than what they did for the movie and its a cosplayer on a budget.
"and we all agreed on Ivan Ooze"

lol

but seriously look at this

this [link] is better than what they did for the movie and its a cosplayer on a budget.
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8:05PM on 07/17/2015
LOL holy shit that blows this "professional" design out of the water. I'd take that cosplay version 100% of the time over this actually 100+ million budgeted movie version.
LOL holy shit that blows this "professional" design out of the water. I'd take that cosplay version 100% of the time over this actually 100+ million budgeted movie version.
8:11PM on 07/17/2015
Wow, that cosplay costume is much much better than the actual Apocalypse costume. And yes, the movie one does look like Ivan Ooze.
Wow, that cosplay costume is much much better than the actual Apocalypse costume. And yes, the movie one does look like Ivan Ooze.
8:18PM on 07/17/2015
while yes ill agree the quality of the hollywood version is better because of hte material used etc, if they used the cosplayer design with the quality of material for the hollywood version...we'd have something awesome.
while yes ill agree the quality of the hollywood version is better because of hte material used etc, if they used the cosplayer design with the quality of material for the hollywood version...we'd have something awesome.
12:18PM on 07/19/2015
Or at least use the cosplays face mask
Or at least use the cosplays face mask
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