Last week, Bryan Singer was in attendance for an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Usual Suspects. Widely recognized as one of the greatest films of all-time, it also made Singer a director to watch out for in the future. During the event, Singer gave us update for the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Not only will this film be significant due to the highly anticipated debut of X-Men’s baddest villain Apocalypse (Oscar Issac), but it will also conclude the mythology told through six movies. Such a film may require a longer run time than usual, even to Singer who’s known to keep his X-Men films short.
“I think it’s gonna be a longer X-Men movie. The X-Men movies, I usually I keep under two hours, but this one I may actually let be a longer movie because it’s sort of a wrap-up of six movies. There’s even an homage at the end. There’s a scene – it’s gonna get spoiled because they decided to use it in the trailer which comes out, like six months, but it’s a really cool trailer – but the [homage] is kind of a wrap up of six movies. So, it might run a little bit long, but it’s not boring.”
I don’t think any of us will mind a longer X-Men film, especially when considering the introduction of an entire new cast playing younger versions of X-Men characters (Cylcops, Jean Grey, Storm, etc). These actors are expected to carry future X-Men films, so they will need development. And then there’s Apocalypse who’s origin story alone can fit an entire film.
Bryan Singer has indeed been known to cut his X-Men films shorter. You might recall the final cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past not having an entire scene which heavily involved the Rogue character. That film also included a sort of homage for the original cast in the final scene.
I’m very happy to hear this news. Singer’s X-Men films have become an essential piece of comic book films today, and are films I loved watching since I was a child. It’ll be a cold day if he is indeed finished directing X-Men films after Apocalypse. To give you guys a tease of what kind of emotions you might feel in this movie, here’s Singer talking about a special moment on set regarding Michael Fassbender.
“Michael Fassbender did something so wonderful in this movie… We’re at the end of the scene, and he asked me not to call cut and when the scene was over, he continued and did something that made me cry in the tent; I’ve never done that before. The head of my company grabbed a Kleenex. Simon Kinberg, the writer who has no emotions at all, actually became emotional. It was so beautiful, I’ve never seen an actor do this for me and [Fassbender] just took the scene to a whole ‘nother level. It’s a heartbreaking scene, not a typical comic book movie scene at all, so let’s hope it makes the cut. But after he did it, I went up to him, hugged him and said ‘Thank you, Michael, for that gift. Now I need you to do it again.’ And he did it, and [frick]ing rocked it again… with full emotion.”
“This guy’s amazing, he can go from the most emotionally devastating moment to breakdancing to ‘Blurred Lines’ in between takes. He, James McAvoy, and my villain Oscar Issac are among the three greatest living actors in cinema, in their age category by far. They will not be lauded, or rewarded, because they’re in an X-Men movie and comic book movies just don’t get that kind of shit. But they deliver some extraordinary performances particularly in X-Men: Apocalypse. The movie is very emotional. I love the pathos of the characters and their relationships”
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27, 2016.