THE X-MEN APOCALYPSE AND BEYOND
X-Men: Days for Future Past releases on May 23 and yet all we have seen from the film was that little teaser trailer a few months ago. We expect to see a full trailer pretty soon, but in the mean time it would seem that Bryan Singer is already looking to the future or should I say the past for the next instalment, X-Men: Apocalypse
“We’re currently breaking the story,” said Bryan Singer speaking with TotalFilm. “We’re almost ready to go. Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty (X-Men 2) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Last Stand and Days of Future Past) are in the office across the street from me, working on story stuff right now. It’s great to have Dan and Michael back.”
Singer then continued saying, “We’re going to deal with the notion of ancient mutants – the fact they were born and existed thousands of years ago. But it’ll be a contemporary movie – well, it’ll take place in the ’80s… The ’80s is a period now – it’s hard for me to believe that!”
“Apocalypse will have more of the mass destruction that X-Men films, to date, have not relied upon. There’s definitely now a character and a story that allow room for that kind of spectacle… I don’t want to get too specific, but we’ll introduce familiar characters in a younger time. That’ll be fun to show the audience. I call these movies in-between-quels. It’s a mind-fuck sometimes in terms of where things fall in the timeline!”
The director then went on to say that there quite a few more stories that he would like to tell beyond Apocalypse and that the idea of looking into the past of the original X-Men intrigued him:
“Yeah, there actually are [more stories I want to tell]. It all stems back to when I did [the first] X-Men. You always want to know where a character’s going to go, what their future’s going be like. You can always sequelise. But on that film I also had actors asking ‘Who am I? Where did my character come from?’ So as a director you always need a backstory to give your actors. It may not be the right backstory, but it’s one you can give the actor to help them understand their character. These prequels are really exciting for me because they give me a chance to explore ideas I came up with more than a decade ago.”
So this goes without saying that X-Men: Apocalypse might be featuring a younger yet familiar popular line up of the X-Men we come to love. Speaking of which, many fans have been calling for the Academy Award Winner, Lupita Nyong’o, to play the part of Storm in Apocalypse or a future instalment taking over the roll from Halle Berry.
Halle Berry’s name has been popping up in the rumour mill of late in regard to her role in Days of Future Past. If the rumour mill is to be believed then Berry might only be popping in the film for a cameo with her character only having one line, as most of her scenes have ended up on the cutting room floor. This is just a rumour but it was reported by NY Daily News however, SuperHeroHype have contacted their sources and have refuted these claims. So take it however, you will, all I want to see is Lupita as the next young, badass AFRICAN Storm.
We also got some Wolverine news! Director James Mangold who directed The Wolverine, a film that I truly love, has stated that he will be directing the next instalment in Logans solo adventures, but that it will only come after Apocalypse. X-Men: Apocalypse will be releasing in 2016, meaning that Wolverine 2 or 3 depending on how you counting (I just ignored origins), the next Wolverine film will possibly only arrive in 2017 or 2018.
Let me know what you think about what Bryan Singer has said about Apocalypse, Lupita as Storm, and Wolverine most likely being released by the time Hugh Jackman hits 50.