Bryan Singer Says X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Will Address the Origins of Mutants

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Director Bryan Singer is returning to the X-Men franchise with this summer’s star-studded X-Men: Days of Future Past, and if things go his way this won’t be his last foray with the X-Men universe.  A few months ago, Singer made the surprising announcement that 20th Century Fox was already moving forward with a Days of Future Past follow-up called X-Men: Apocalypse, which now has a release date of May 27, 2016.  Little is known about Apocalypse other than the fact that it will focus more on the First Class cast rather than the Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart versions of the characters, but we do know that Singer intends to take the helm of Apocalypse as well.  Additionally, he’s brought on X2 scribes Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty to help pen the script alongside DOFP writer Simon Kinberg.

Singer recently spoke a bit about X-Men: Apocalypse, confirming that he intends to direct the pic and revealing that the follow-up will explore the deep origins of mutants.  Hit the jump for more, including whether we can expect a tease of Apocalypse in DOFP.

x-men-apocalypseSpeaking with EW, Singer confirmed that he’s currently in negotiations to direct X-Men: Apocalypse:

“I’m co-writing the story and I’m producing it. I’m negotiating to direct. We’re in the process. We’re trying to figure it out, schedules. My desire would be to direct it.”

The filmmaker is currently pulling double-duty, finishing up post-production on Days of Future Past while prepping the screenplay for Apocalypse.  Even so, he says he hasn’t fully decided whether DOFP will include a tease for Apocalypse:

“I’m still deciding [whether Days of Future Past will feature an Apocalypse tease].  Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie.”

In other words, expect something.  As for what the story for X-Men: Apocalypse entails, Singer says the film will delve into mutant origins:

“It will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”

This isn’t an incredibly surprising notion, given that in the comics the titular Apocalypse was an immortal mutant—possibly the first ever—who had his roots in ancient Egypt.  Hopefully we’ll have a better idea of what to expect once we’ve seen Days of Future Past, but for now this is pretty exciting stuff.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23rd.

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  • Scullibundo

    Singer really needs to learn not to blow his load too early. DoFP isn’t even out for another 5 months and he’s already giving us story clues for the sequel. Anyway, I’m glad to hear that Dougherty and Harris will be joining the writing team. Kinberg and Vaughn being behind the script for DoFP is the only thing that has me worried about that film.

    • Zack Snyder

      Wow the people responsible for the BEST X-Men film to date worries you? I cried when I found out Vaughn won’t helm DOFP.

      • Scullibundo

        X2 is lightyears ahead of First Class – which features one or two good scenes with Fassbender (nazi-hunting scenes) and McAvoy in the first act, then turns to dogshit all around. It takes a special kind of director to pull a bad performance out of Michael Fassbender, but the last two thirds of that films did just that. Hell, even Jennifer Lawrence was bad working under Vaughn’s script and direction. What’s worse is that whenever Xavier and Magneto aren’t on screen, we have to put up with the one-dimensional supporting cast of characters.

      • Zack Snyder

        We must have seen different versions of X2 and First Class. The script for First Class was structured perfectly. It also gave a greater sense of a bunch of lonely, isolated and misguided figures finding strength from each other. The relationship between Magneto and Prof. X was given better focus. Fassbender and McAvoy both gave tremendous performances from the 1st scene to the last. One dimensional characters?? All the secondary characters were given their moments to shine. Whereas X2 was mostly about Wolvie.

      • Scullibundo

        Yeah, we must have been watching different movies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_0IRhzl9SQ#t=2m0s

        Magneto escaping the plastic prison in X2 alone is better than anything in First Class. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etPXBm0zRvM

      • Scullibundo

        Yeah, we must have been watching different movies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_0IRhzl9SQ#t=2m0s

        Magneto escaping the plastic prison in X2 alone is better than anything in First Class. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etPXBm0zRvM

      • Scullibundo

        Yeah, we must have been watching different movies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_0IRhzl9SQ#t=2m0s

        Magneto escaping the plastic prison in X2 alone is better than anything in First Class. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etPXBm0zRvM

      • Batt Damon

        I think reducing Wolverine’s role to a cameo helped make the whole thing feel refreshing. I loved the hell out of both but I kinda like First Class more. I agree that it definitely had a tighter structure and more focus on the entire ensemble. Plus we actually got to the the X-Men in their proper outfits.

      • JBug

        Great comment. I’d give a little more credit than you did though to FC. The good moments in FC are novel and raise it above most other comic book movies despite its flaws. X2 is flawless.

      • The Flobbit

        X2 is pretty much flawless, but First Class nearly is too. It’s slick, fun, packed with action, filled with amazing performances, and has a great tone. First class happens to be my favourite of the bunch, though not by much.

      • Occasionalcritic

        I think the best thing about FC was the relationship between Prof. X and Magneto, and McAvoy and Fassbender both made this relationship believable. The lack of Wolverine (for once) was also refreshing. However, the young mutants were mostly terrible (with the exception of the one they killed) and dragged down the film; Jennifer Lawrence was stuck with this group, and this limited her performance as well.

      • McA

        Would love for Vaughn to return myself as First Class is, I think, the best of the bunch. X2 was previously my favorite so I do have some hope for DOFP but First Class really stands up to repeated viewings. X2 not so much. I think it’s remembered a little too fondly by some. It lags quite a bit in the middle and it gets a little too Wolverine centric for me. Also Cyclops, the leader of the X Men, got shafted in that movie. A miserable way to treat a great character.

        Still, scheduling could rule Singer out for X Men: Apocalypse. Who knows. Could rule out a potential Vaughn return too as the word on the grapevine is that he is being courted to helm the Assassin’s Creed movie. I wouldn’t mind that, especially as it would reunite him with Fassbender.

      • McA

        Would love for Vaughn to return myself as First Class is, I think, the best of the bunch. X2 was previously my favorite so I do have some hope for DOFP but First Class really stands up to repeated viewings. X2 not so much. I think it’s remembered a little too fondly by some. It lags quite a bit in the middle and it gets a little too Wolverine centric for me. Also Cyclops, the leader of the X Men, got shafted in that movie. A miserable way to treat a great character.

        Still, scheduling could rule Singer out for X Men: Apocalypse. Who knows. Could rule out a potential Vaughn return too as the word on the grapevine is that he is being courted to helm the Assassin’s Creed movie. I wouldn’t mind that, especially as it would reunite him with Fassbender.

  • jack

    so Evolution?

  • Strong Enough

    mannnnn fuck bryan singer

  • MEY

    The best X-Men movie is The Last Stand… I think.

    • bryan singer

      what the f.uck is The Last Stand?

    • bryan singer

      what the f.uck is The Last Stand?

      • RiddleThemThis

        It’s the one where Arnold Schwarzenegger defends a small town of mutants from Magneto and his evil brotherhood.

      • RiddleThemThis

        It’s the one where Arnold Schwarzenegger defends a small town of mutants from Magneto and his evil brotherhood.

      • The Flobbit

        It’s the abysmal part 3. This guy is trolling, no more.

      • bryan singer

        dude, I know what the last stand is…if you look at the name I used I was clearly joking not trolling. I know it’s hard to tell the difference sometimes, but damn, you have no sense of humor.

      • Anthony Michael

        He probably didn’t look at the name. I never do.

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  • The Flobbit

    So now I bet Jesus will be a particularly powerful mutant, huh?

  • The Flobbit

    So now I bet Jesus will be a particularly powerful mutant, huh?

  • Mekt_Ranzz

    I’m confused because the bentbullet.com indicates that Magneto was in jail for 50 years for the alleged assassination of John F. Kennedy. If this is true, then the future history of DOFP (“Days of Future Past”) must be from an alternate timeline, different from the current X-Men movie franchise. This is bothersome because at the end of “The Wolverine,” Magneto and Professor X recruit Wolverine, presumably to stop the upcoming Sentinel threat. Fifty years after the assassination of JFK is 2013 so in what timeline did this happen? I’m hoping this does not spell problems for the upcoming film because I’m really looking forward to it.

    The Bent Bullet
    http://www.bentbullet.com/#!/full-article

    • Justin McNeill

      Well, the first X-Men movie stated that it took place in the not-too-distant future, so it could have very well have happened and not affect the first two movies. However, the backstory for Jean Grey in The Last Stand wouldn’t be possible, but I think we ALL want that movie rendered impossible so it could no longer be canon.

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