‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Shares Themes with ‘Game of Thrones’ Says Bryan Singer

Bryan Singer is just like us — he puts his pants on one leg at a time, he loves posting things to Instagram, and he’s obsessed with Game of Thrones. Aside from the fact that Sophie Turner (a.k.a. Sansa Stark) plays a younger version of Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, Singer described his latest film as a Game of Thrones crossover of sorts.

Following Entertainment Weekly’s special issue a while back, Yahoo Movies is the next outlet to post their info from the X-Men: Apocalypse set. During their visit, Singer said of the Days of Future Past sequel,


I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan…There’s a crossover between X-Men and Game Of Thrones, they’re both about a younger generation finding their powers, finding out who they are, and what their place in the world is. I like how the show’s about different groups of people moving towards a common goal. They don’t even know if that’s the right goal, who wants to sit on that uncomfortable throne? I don’t! Everyone in King’s Landing is miserable. But for some reason they want that power.

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One of these younger mutants trying to figure out their life is Kodi Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler. According to Singer, we meet him “in East Berlin, where he has to queue to get a loaf of bread.” He continued, “Through happenstance, merely because Raven needs him as a kind of taxi service because he can move really fast, he finds himself in America, in the X-Mansion, which to him is a paradise.”

Elsewhere, Singer described the larger conflict that arises bringing in Apocalypse.

X-Men films have traditionally been about the conflict between humans and mutants. This movie is about a villain who comes from an ancient time who doesn’t understand he’s a mutant, he thinks of himself as more of a god. He doesn’t distinguish between mutants and humans, only between the weak and the strong. So, suddenly, it forces a world which, since 1973 at the end of Days of Future Past, now embraces and accepts mutants, it forces them into a place where they have to work together.

X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27th.


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