Bryan Singer Defends His Version of Apocalypse

Monday, 02 May 2016 - 7:12PM
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X-Men: Apocalypse
Monday, 02 May 2016 - 7:12PM
Bryan Singer Defends His Version of Apocalypse
2016 could be the year fans strike back. The connoisseurs of nerd culture wield more power and influence over the film industry than at any other time in history. Negative fan reaction over Batman v Superman has reportedly led to a war between Zack Snyder and Warner Bros over Justice League. The new Ghostbusters trailer is now the most-disliked trailer in YouTube history, a fact which likely has Sony terrified (though we'll have to wait for another email leak before we find out for sure). And the latest target of geekdom's ire is the look and sound of the titular villain in X-Men: Apocalypse, but director Bryan Singer isn't taking the criticism lying down. 

In an interview with IGN, Singer explains his take on Apocalypse, and ensures fans that they have nothing to be worried about. In regards to the voice, he says:

Opening quote
"[The first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer] was simply Oscar using his normal voice – which is wonderful; his performance is fantastic – but that was never the intention ... 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."
Closing quote


OK, that all sounds good... but what about his appearance?

Opening quote
"There was an image released on Entertainment Weekly, where the effect hadn't been put in yet ... the effect has a pink light on it, and everyone got lit up pink, so people thought Apocalypse was going to be pink ... I should have taken the pink out of the picture. I'm going to take some blame for that. "
Closing quote


Singer also kind of loses his patience a bit with fans as well, comparing complaints about Apocalypse's size to things people initially had a problem with in his other movies. 

Opening quote
"So then people were like, 'He's small.' I'm like, 'Okay, I got the same s-t when I cast a six-foot-three actor to play five-foot-four Wolverine. I got the same s-t 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."
Closing quote


Sounds like Singer has his stuff figured out. And he should, I mean, this is the fourth X-Men movie he's directed. Days of Future Past was pretty fun, so there's really no reason to believe that X-Men: Apocalypse won't be good, too.

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