Just a few weeks after the next soon-to-be blockbuster hit, Captain America: Civil War, Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse will open in theaters in a BIG way. The film will be a conclusion to a trilogy that all started with Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. X-Men: Apocalypse takes place roughly ten years after X-Men: Days of Future Past. The events that happen in Apocalypse will set up future films as we see the core X-Men team starting to come together. With the marketing being at an all time high, it’s no surprise that we get to hear a little something from the director himself.
Remember this Entertainment Weekly photo?
This was in fact our very first look at Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse from last years Comic-Con. When this picture was released on the internet, many fans took to social media and began to lash out at Singer for his portrayal of one of the X-Men’s most popular villains. A leaked teaser trailer also made its way online which only poured more gasoline over the fire. Fans began to rant, claiming that this villain looks nothing like the titular villain that many know as En Sabah Nur. Some fans went so far as comparing him to the Power Ranger villain known as Ivan Ooze:
Little did fans know that this wasn’t going to be the final product that Singer would put on the table. Instead, we are being treated to a look that closely resembles his comic book counter part as we would begin to see in later trailers and TV spots. Here is his official look in the film:
The makeup effects and CGI would later prove fans wrong. The product that Fox gave us last year, looks drastically different than the one we are seeing on the big screen. This just goes to show how far the effects have come since then.
Singer defends his stance on Apocalypse’s look
Speaking with IGN, Singer gave his thoughts concerning the picture that was released to Entertainment Weekly nearly one year ago:
“There was an image released on Entertainment Weekly, where the effect hadn’t been put in yet, so everyone was — the effect has a pink light on it, and everyone got lit up pink, so people thought Apocalypse was going to be pink. I was like, ‘No, no, they’re all pink. Take a look. Everyone in the picture is pink. It’s a pink picture.’ They maybe just should have taken the pink out of the picture —I should have taken the pink out of the picture. I’m going to take some blame for that. My fault, not Entertainment Weekly’s. That’s the picture I gave them.”
Here, Singer addresses the ‘pink’ color that can be found on not just Apocalypse but the other characters in the photo including Alexandra Shipp’s Storm and Olivia Munn’s Psylocke. He takes full responsibility for having approved the photo and didn’t think that fans would have this much to say over an unfinished product. Well, Singer was dead wrong. However, once fans began to see more footage of the film, it became clear that the final product would not look like the one shown on the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
The Size of Apocalypse
Not only did Singer address the look of Apocalypse, but he also talked about the choice in size for the character. As most comic book fans know, Apocalypse has the powers of mass manipulation, meaning he can change his size at will. Apocalypse can be seen in the trailers growing massively, as he takes on James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier. Singer had this to say on the choice in size for Apocalypse:
“So then people were like, ‘He’s small.’ I’m like, ‘Okay, I got the same s*** when I cast a six-foot-three actor to play five-foot-four Wolverine. I got the same s*** when Quicksilver’s very sweet, 1970s costume was released on an Empire Magazine cover.’ You know, every time. I could have made him a giant through the whole movie, or some muscle-bound guy who can’t act — I could always do that. But the reality is, among his many powers — and you will see him change size — but among his many powers is his power of persuasion, and it was very important that he’d be able to connect with his horsemen, at their level, and that he’d be played by a guy who can actually act like Oscar, who’s a fantastic actor.”
I’m very happy that Singer brought up Hugh Jackman’s casting of Wolverine. Jackman was a nobody when he was cast as the adamantium infused mutant. And here we are today not wanting Jackman to hang up his claws! He’s arguably the best character in the X-Men films, and Fox’s X-Men franchise may not have been much of a hit without the acting chops from Hugh Jackman.
Singer also makes a mention of Evan Peter’s look from Days of Future Past. I have to say that I too was disappointed with his look, however nobody understood WHY he looked that way. Fans quickly forgot that the film took place in the 70s, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to see him wearing the 70s garb. After watching Days of Future Past, fans understood his look and he quickly became everyone’s favorite character from the movie. His pivotal scene was the most talked about scene out of the entire film. You can check out that scene in full down below!
The Voice of Apocalypse
Singer also clears up a few more things in the interview. In the trailers, you hear Oscar Isaac’s voice change tune from time to time. Sometimes his voice is heard very clear, where other times it appears more raspy in tone. For those wondering about the voice changes, Singer had some interesting things to say about this very topic:
“What I’m doing is something very unique. It hasn’t been done before. We’re rerecording his entire performance because the suit’s creaky and makes all kinds of noise, you can’t really use any of it anyway. But I want his performance. So he’s being recorded in ADR using a standard Sennheiser microphone, but also with a bass mic to his right cheek and a bass drum mic to his left cheek. These two microphones have the ability to pull vocal range out of his voice that the human ear cannot hear. And I can take that vocal range that I’ve now recorded, and I can pull it and use it to augment his voice — and that with a little digital magic, can create a voice that’s both completely governed by his performance but is not natural.
“It ebbs and flows and moves through the movie, and changes, so he doesn’t just have one single voice. He speaks with different voices depending on different moments in the film. So it’s really kind of cool. It’s the first time I’ve ever had the tools to sculpt a performance in post-production, that was already given to me on set and chosen in the cutting room.”
What’s interesting here is that Isaac’s acting performance will actually be redone with him in the studio. According to Singer, his costume was very “creaky” and made lots of noise. Therefore, every time he spoke while acting, the movement of his costume would overtake his actual voice and thus his entire lines would have to be rerecorded in a studio. Isaac’s voice will constantly evolve throughout the film. It appears that Apocalypse’s voice will get deeper at times depending on his mood.
I have to say that I’m glad that Singer has gone out of his way to clear up a few things. He apologized for putting out that ‘pink’ image of the characters online which stirred up a lot of controversy on the internet. He also addressed the backlash fans had on the casting of Wolverine as well as the 70s look of Quicksilver. He raises a lot of good points in that we should all wait for the final product before speaking out.
Singer has proven us wrong time and time again, so why can’t we all just cut this guy some slack? He has yet to make a bad X-Men film. We as fans just need to chill out like Iceman would, and wait for the final product to be released. Then we can make our judgment on the film any way we please.
X-Men: Apocalypse will release in theaters on May 27, just three weeks after Captain America: Civil War! How excited are you to see these mutants take on a god and his four horsemen? What did you think of Singer’s comments about the character of Apocalypse? I’d like to hear your thoughts in the comment section below and don’t forget to share!