X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Filming Date Revealed; Movie Will Shoot in Montreal

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With X-Men: Days of Future Past being both a hit and much better than most people expected, the gears are moving fast for X-Men: Apocalypse.  As the title and the post-credits stinger at the end of DOFP imply, the primary antagonist will be the supervillain Apocalypse.  The story will follow the First Class gang along with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine into the 1980s.  We also know from the treatment page teased last month that the Four Horseman will again be making an appearance.

And now we might also have a start date for filming.  With his legal troubles seemingly under control, Bryan Singer is expected (but not confirmed) to direct the film from a script he’s been developing with Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg and X2 scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris.  The release date is May 27th, 2016.  Hit the jump for more on the X-Men: Apocalypse filming date.

x-men-days-of-future-past-michael-fassbenderPer The Journal de Montreal (via CJAD), X-Men Apocalypse will shoot in Montreal starting in April of 2015.  Sets will be constructed at the end of this year at Mel’s Studio, where much of Days of Future Past was shot.

It was already reported that James McAvoyMichael FassbenderJennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult were (in addition to Jackman) the only actors confirmed to return, though I hope that more of the First Class cast makes it back.  However, as much as I prefer First Class to Days of Future Past, I’m not holding out much hope for a return to the tone of the former film.  Apocalypse seems much too dark to be able to get that vibe across, so here’s hoping it succeeds on its own terms.

Are you looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse?  Or was Days of Future Past a letdown for you after Matthew Vaughn‘s note-perfect take on First Class?

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  • Person

    I enjoyed FC and DoFP but didn’t feel that either was really an incredible movie. I thought DoFP would have more of an impact by bringing everyone back together but it ended up feeling like more of a stepping stone towards the even bigger Apocalypse story. Hopefully this new FC-DoFP-Apoc. trilogy will really end with a bang and send Jackman off on a high note.

    • Oliver Queen

      This isn’t his last appearance as Wolverine, he’s already signed on for a third Wolverine film in 2017 and is having discussions about future plans for the character.

      • Person

        Oh true, forgot about Wolverine 3.

      • Leo Spaceman

        I would love to see Jackman as an Avenger for just one film. He could just be a ‘Miracle’ that has been wandering the earth fighting wars for as long as he knows. He doesn’t need a complicated back story or explanation as to why he is here; he could just be there to fight and smoke cigars. Everyone knows who the Wolverine is, and the story would blend just fine in a comic book world but unfortuantely most audiences wouldn’t just accept it and enjoy the ride.

        It won’t happen thought because Jackman doesn’t want to maintain his body for that much longer. He will probably bow out after Apocalypse and the third Wolverine Movie.

      • Napoleon Dynamite

        Good god no! Pretty much no one outside of Singer can seem to do Wolverine justice.

    • Leo Spaceman

      I loved the future part of Days of Future Past. The past part wasn’t nearly as awesome as the future because it couldn’t be as bleak but it did have QuickSilver who in my opinion damn near stole the movie. But the showdown in the Stadium/White House wasn’t that great.

      I loved how there really was a sense of no hope in the future and I think it would be incredible to see a film set only in that world. There just wasn’t enough of the Future in Days of Future Past. I realize the mutants didn’t actually die in Days of Future Past, but they won’t really be able to kill off the cast with Apocalypse either.

  • Micky Nozawa

    Liked them both, TBH, with First Class just edging out Days of Future Past.

    After the MCU films, the X-Men films are a great alternative, with the non-Amazing Spider-Man films a distant third.

    • Professor Dickweed

      Every movie that falls within those universes are pretty bad (Marvel is corny and unrealistic save for the first Iron Man (the other two were terrible), X-Men is disjointed (killing and bringing characters back with little respect for continuity), and the Amazing Spider-Man is practically a cartoon…they should’ve just made Spider-Man 4/5 with Toby Maguire and called it a day

      • Hmm

        Judging by your complaints, it sounds like you shouldn’t even watch comic book based movies at all.

      • Professor Dickweed

        I would gladly watch ANY movie (comic book or not) if it holds up to my movie standards, I just hate hate hate stupid entertainment, unfortunately that seems to be the brunt of what we get year after year

      • Micheal bay

        In that case stop watching movies altogether since nothing impresses you anymore

      • Your_Mama1

        You chose Michael Bay as your name….you don’t know anything about film.

      • Person

        “…X-Men is disjointed (killing and bringing characters back with little respect for continuity…”

        You just defined comic book universes.

      • Vulcan

        Haha, true. Only Uncle Ben and Gwen Stacey stay dead.

      • Professor Dickweed

        Until the reboot

      • Vulcan

        Talking about the comics dickweed. The old saying is “only Uncle Ben, Gwen Stacey, and Jason Todd stay dead.” Because in the comics, characters are constantly dying and coming back to life. Those three are the only ones that stay dead (until Jason Todd did come back to life).

      • bmg314

        They used to say that about Bucky as well. And although I don’t read comics anymore, I seem to remember reading something about Uncle Ben being brought back in some alternate line of comics (Ultimates, maybe?) at some point.

      • bmg314

        They used to say that about Bucky as well. And although I don’t read comics anymore, I seem to remember reading something about Uncle Ben being brought back in some alternate line of comics (Ultimates, maybe?) at some point.

      • Dean Dickweed

        They are talking about comics YOU FUCKING DUMBASS IDIOT!

  • MJ

    Oh crap, they are making more of these?

    • Person

      You expected a movie studio to make a critically acclaimed and financially successful franchise movie, and then decide “yeah let’s just call it a day and go out on top”?

    • Vulcan

      Because DOFP was the highest grossing X-Men movie and was critically acclaimed, which is a win-win for a studio.

  • Professor Dickweed

    DoFP was pretty terrible; Sentinels were wasted, bone claws are f*ckin retarded, not mention they clearly hired Jennifer Lawrence b/c of her celebrity as opposed to her acting talent…I mean really how many times in the cartoon and original trilogy was Mystique turning into her original pre-mutant self (uh none…or maybe like once) and to top it all off they already broke Magneto out of jail in X2, throwing in another prison break was a complete waste (only thing that saved it was Quicksilver)…oh and all the dialogue sucked…

    • Oliver Queen

      Hehe dude Jen Lawrence became the celeb she is because of her own Hunger Games franchise, the first installment was released in 2012, when she was cast as Mystique in 2010 for First Class (2011) she was hardy known.

      • Shaggy

        She was famous before then dude

      • Vulcan

        No, she was only on the Bill Engvall Show (which I’m not sure anyone watched) and in Winter’s Bone before First Class. She became famous after Hunger Games.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        No, she was a relative unknown coming off of Winter’s Bone. That was what put her on the short list for casting.

      • JBug

        Either way, her mystique (although improved from FC) blows and doesn’t deserve to be the centerpoint of an Xmen movie.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’ll agree there. I’m not a huge fan of her in the role. She lacks the confident swagger that Romign-Stamos had. Lawrence doesn’t seem like she’s having nearly as much fun with the role.

    • Vulcan

      Wrong, when she was hired, Hunger Games wasn’t even out yet. They hired her because of Winter’s Bone. Same reason they hired her for Hunger Games.

    • Lets Talk

      1. Bone claws are part of Wolverine’s origin and cannon in the comics. And he also had them in (the god awful) “Origins” too….
      2. Jennifer Lawrence was cast before she became the star she is today. And she spent the majority of the first film in her regular form. AND comparing her character in the future to her younger, less comfortable and more unsure self is ridiculous. Two different stages of character development.
      3. The prison breaks were so dramatically different, your complaint can be overlooked

      • JBug

        1. Bone claws still stink
        3. They were a little different, but there was a strong visual similarity when he flings the 2 metals balls at guards in a different scene in the movie.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Uh, him using the metal balls wasn’t the prison escape scene in DoFP, it was him stealing back his helmet. Which happens like 45 minutes later.

      • JBug

        I said different scene.

      • JBug

        But it did remind me of X2

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Well yeah, it’s an obvious allusion to that, but it’s nowhere near as on the spectacle of X2. It was a quick throw away nod.

      • Professor Dickweed

        You mean lack of character development

    • JBug

      The dialogue was solid.

      • Professor Dickweed

        The dialogue was solid.

        For a sixteen year old.

      • Johnson

        Why do you exist?

      • Isak

        I’m sorry but I have to partially disagree.
        I enjoyed the film but most, if not all, of the dialogue between the two Xaviers was cheesy beyond belief. It was just not at all believable.

    • bochiao

      Dude, quit trolling. It’s getting old.

    • bochiao

      Dude, quit trolling. It’s getting old.

  • Vulcan

    Can’t say how excited I am for Apocalypse. After seeing DOFP twice, I decided that I like it more than X2 and First Class. And last I heard Evan Peters was returning for Apocalypse as Quicksilver in a larger part, and Channing Tatum was appearing as Gambit.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Channing Tatum isn’t returning as Gambit (that wasn’t him in Wolverine Origins) but he has been cast as Gambit.

      • Vulcan

        I know, I said “appearing” because we don’t know how big is role is, could be big, could be a cameo. Peters is returning.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Ah, I misread it as Tatum was returning. My bad.

      • Nick

        Read better

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        No, you smell

      • Nick

        True… But you corrected someone when they weren’t wrong.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yes, I’d love a croissant.

      • Luciano Jose Marin

        omelette du fromage!!

      • Kanye West

        Hurry up with my damn croissants!

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Hurry up with your damn croissants, please!

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    When I think apocalyptic wasteland, I think we can all agree we think of Montreal. So good call.

  • JBug

    DOFP was very good, good enough to help me initially ignore the fact that it was a let down. My expectations were at an all time high considering that Bryan Singer was teaming up with his old cast in addition to the awesome new cast. I was expecting the best X-Men movie ever and it ended up coming into a close 3rd for me. I found it very enjoyable with great emotional charge, but there was not enough action and I was upset with (although not surprised) with the lack of development for the future crew. To me, they are still the X-Men and I really wanted to see their story in addition to the prequel lineup.

    • Lovecraftlives

      You spoiled bastard. DOFP was the best X-men film to date, and your shitting on it. Now, we have technology that can give us films like this now, which we couldn’t have had twenty-five to thirty years ago, and you still complain?

  • Django9000

    Excellent. Does was, GoTG aside, my favorite film of the summer. (I still think it was a better film , overall. GoTG was just more fun & rewatchable.)

    I’ll be seeing Do FP a 3rd time this week before it disappears from 2nd run theatres. Really glad Singer will ne back as he knocked it out of the park.

  • DeathoftheEndless7

    Days of Future Past is one of the best comic book movies ever, so I’m excited for more.

  • DarthMrBelvedere

    Dude, you’re way off – I loved Days Of Future Past. It was amazingly awesome. I also liked First Class very much. I’ll add that am a HUGE fan of the original Chris Claremont/John Byrne #141 & #142 story – those are beloved issues of Uncanny X-men. That being said, the DOFP story was better than the comic ;)

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    “Matthew Vaughn’s note-perfect take”? No effort to keep the bias out of that question, huh? (No big deal – just made me chuckle a little.) I don’t think I’d call FC note-perfect, but I did enjoy it a lot…especially after the horror that was X3. I loved FC’s tone, look, and killer performances by Fassbender and McAvoy. But it pulled a giant character assassination on Emma Frost by allowing January Jones anywhere near that role, and they kinda did a poor job setting up for the future by ending the film with only four characters remaining (half of whom are villains). In DOFP, you needed the original mutants, otherwise we’d be following Xavier and Beast by themselves as they worked to stop Magneto …by himself (with Mystique doing whatever). The X-Men are a family fighting for good in the face of discrimination, and FC did the opposite of build that up by the end of the film. DOFP had its issues too, like some big logic gaps and a lack of true ensemble in the past (the future was much better). Nevertheless, they were both solid films. Excited for Apocalypse, and not sad at all that the FC tone won’t be there. Repetition is the death of creativity, you know (Change with the decades, right? 60s to 70s to 80s now).

    • Vulcan

      First Class had a lot of sketchy special effects because production was rushed. Like the scene when the sub is crashing on the beach, the palm trees are obviously animated and don’t even look real.

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  • eternalozzie

    I enjoyed DOFP a lot more than I thought I would … i hated what they did to the x-men universe with X1, 2, and 3 … they killed off the 2 most important leaders of the x-men so halle berry could have a bigger role because she wouldn’t come back without being the star …. the fake phoenix was unforgivable. 1st Class and DOFP fixed almost everything and killed storm just for me.

    can’t wait for the next one.

  • NICK НΛRT

    i thought dofp was good but it had some really boring, weird cinematography in it. i also agree that the future parts were much cooler than the 70s parts

  • Davis

    Note perfect?

  • theseeker7

    Okay is it just me or is this a rather leading article? DOFP being “much better than most people expected”? I think it’s fair to say a pretty significant percentage (including myself) were hoping for and expecting a damn entertaining and (at least relatively) substantive film. And we got it.

    and then to phrase the final question “was DOFP a let down for you after the note perfect First Class?”… granted, I’m still not sure which of the two I’d say I ultimately prefer and was the better film, but that’s partly because it seems like a difficult decision to make. These were both extremely worthy films of the X-Men franchise, actually both deserving of being in the argument with X2 as the brass ring.

    • MJ

      First Class was fantastic. DOFP was lame.

    • MJ

      First Class was fantastic. DOFP was lame.

  • Anthony Michael

    For those of you sweating the “note perfect,” I’m pretty sure the first E was a typo. ;)

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Considering there’s also a hyphen, pretty sure he meant note-perfect in the sense as a music metaphor, as in the symphony was note-perfect (not a single note was off).

      • Anthony Michael

        It was joke. I even put the little winking guy at the end.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’d argue an incredibly unclear joke as the wink could also mean, “so relax”. Also, there’s still a hyphen.

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