Bryan Singer Breaks Down the New X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer

Friday, 11 December 2015 - 8:55PM
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X-Men: Apocalypse
Friday, 11 December 2015 - 8:55PM
Bryan Singer Breaks Down the New X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer
The first trailer for X-Men Apocalypse is finally here, and as the man who started it all, Bryan Singer, is still in the director's seat, it looks like the newest film from Fox's X-Men franchise could be one of the best yet. Now less than a day after the trailer dropped online, Singer himself sat down with Empire to give his breakdown of the footage. Here's some of the highlights.

Speaking of the role of Apocalypse, Singer says:

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What is a God? […] Why would someone create and rule over a race simply to be worshipped? […] It bears no respect or devotion to him – that's the big giant ego of the old God […] All of it lacks symmetry, order and devotion to him. It needs to be culled. It needs to be wiped away and rebuilt again.
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Singer also talked a bit about the appearance of Apocalypse, which had come under some pretty intense scrutiny by fans over the past few months.

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I like that you just see bits and pieces […] It forces you to look at not just his face, but his costume, the scale, the strangeness, the inscription, the technology. It makes you want to lean around the corner to get a better look.
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He also addressed the criticism directly, saying of the first official image of Apocalypse,

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That was a picture, and there were no visual effects. He's a very powerful and imposing character and Oscar acts the shit out of it.
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Singer went on to describe all of the work that went into Apocalypse's Quicksilver run sequence, and apparently it took longer than any other scene to film:

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There's one sequence that took one and a half months to shoot for three minutes of film […] It involves the most complex camera moves, very sophisticated explosive algorithms, 3D Phantom cameras travelling at 50mph while shooting at 3,100 frames per second. Evan worked more days on this movie than any other actor because of this one sequence […] This is tonally different to the Pentagon sequence, and a little bittersweet.
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From other comments that Singer made during the breakdown, it looks like fans can probably expect a direct confrontation to take place between Professor X and Apocalypse sometime during the movie. Likewise, Magneto will evidently play a pretty large role in these apocalyptic events as well, with Singer saying that "Erik goes through one of the most complex journey's in the movie" and that "he's one of the most pivotal characters."

All of this seems really exciting, and based off of what Singer has said, the film could turn out to be the equivalent of the X-Men trying to stop what is essentially Apocalypse's biblical Great Flood, seeing as how he seemingly isn't happy with what mankind/mutantkind has become and wants to wipe the slate clean and start again. Likewise, hearing that the Quicksilver run sequence will play such a big role in the film is definitely something for fans to get psyched about, as the last one in Days of Future Past was undoubtedly the highlight of the film and may be the greatest scene in the franchise to date.

Of course, one of the most exciting things about this film is the fact that it isn't a run of the mill reboot of the X-Men franchise, it is a total restructuring of the same cinematic universe. Comic book publishers have been doing it for years - some special event comes along that doesn't change everything, but does change enough to make things new and fresh (the physical appearance of some characters, the origins of others, certain events are ret-conned with other events taking their place). This is precisely what just took place in Days of Future Past, as the X-Men exist in the same universe, but some of them have slightly different histories and appearances.

With the X-Men being the first cinematic universe to do this type of reboot, it will be exciting to see what comes of it. Can a cinematic universe survive a reboot like a comic book universe can? This could end up setting the precedent for other cinematic universes such as the MCU or the DCEU. If things work out, who knows? Maybe a Days of Future Past level event will eventually take place in both of these new worlds, essentially hitting the reset button for their respective shared universes.

For those who want to see more of what Singer had to say about the trailer, they can do so here. Suffice it to say that 2016 is going to be a HUGE year for fans of comic book movies. With Deadpool, Batman v Superman, Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, and others all premiering in less than 12 months, it only goes to further prove that this truly is the golden age of comic book movies.
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