X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t hit the big screen until the end of the month, but director Bryan Singer has already put on a pair of boxing gloves to defend his film from fans who are taking hits at his directorial decisions surrounding Apocalypse. Cue in Comic Book Guy crossing his arms while Singer counterattacks everything fans have said about Apocalypse. Singer laid everything out in an interview with IGN.
Is Apocalypse related to Ivan Ooze? Seriously, the dude looked purple in press footage, any kid of the ’90s could see the resemblance to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie villain. We heard Wolverine is making a cameo, is Rita Repulsa too? We know by now Apocalypse is not purple, but first impressions stick with you. Singer says that the pictures he sent to Entertainment Weekly had a bit of a pink filter (Is he using Instagram filters on press photos?) and it was his fault for sending them out to EW like that. Basically a “My bad” moment.
Fans have also complained about Apocalypse’s voice, which was simply Oscar Isaac’s voice in the trailer. If you had Oscar Isaac’s number and you called him and it went straight to voicemail that would be the voice of Apocalypse, but according to Singer using Isaac’s normal voice only occurred due to deadlines. Apocalypse’s voice, Singer explained was rerecorded and the production team used a microphone technique to capture a dynamic vocal range that will suit the character of Apocalypse. Apocalypse’s “real” voice can be heard in the final trailer.
The biggest concern for fans was Apocalypse’s size. Oscar Isaac is only 5’9” and Apocalypse is massive, hulking figure. Singer told IGN that size doesn’t really matter:
“So then people were like, ‘He’s small.’ I’m like, ‘Okay, I got the same s*** when I cast a six-foot-three actor to play five-foot-four Wolverine. I got the same s*** when Quicksilver’s very sweet, 1970s costume was released on an Empire Magazine cover.’ You know, every time. I could have made him a giant through the whole movie, or some muscle-bound guy who can’t act — I could always do that. But the reality is, among his many powers — and you will see him change size — but among his many powers is his power of persuasion, and it was very important that he’d be able to connect with his horsemen, at their level, and that he’d be played by a guy who can actually act like Oscar, who’s a fantastic actor.”
We do get to see Apocalypse get swole in a battle with Professor X in the final trailer, but we just have to wait until May, 27 to see the final product. And that’s what Singer is asking everyone to do: wait until you actually see it before you judge it.