The first “X-Men: Apocalypse” trailer debuted on Friday and gave fans a pretty good idea of what to expect, but for those who are still craving more information about the sixth film in the Twentieth Century Fox franchise, Bryan Singer is not afraid to talk about it.
The director behind the majority of the “X-Men” movies broke down the impressive trailer for Empire, and in the process, revealed some cool details about the movie and how it was made.
From what the movie is about (other than, you know, Apocalypse — the biggest, baddest mutant of all time) to how hard Evan Peters worked for just one sequence, here are five things Singer revealed about the highly anticipated May 27 release.
1. The film explains how the X-Men we all know and love in the first movie came to be.
“This movie is about the formation of the X-Men,” Singer said. “How do you get all these characters who are in different places in their lives to become the X-Men? That’s the challenge of the movie.”
2. Apocalypse may look like a giant in the trailer, but don’t expect him to start trampling through cities.
“It’s part of the mythology of Apocalypse’s size, but I couldn’t go full Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man where he’s just Giant Apocalypse, swatting at things,” Singer said. “I did something a little interesting in how I addressed the size thing, but I think the audience will get a kick out of it.”
3. Expect Apocalypse to put disciple Magneto to good use, and expect Michael Fassbender to put his Oscar-nominated acting ability to good use, too.
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“He’s found Erik at the most vulnerable place in his life. He’s searching for God. Remember, he was a young Jew in a concentration camp when he first lost his family and now here comes this man who was, is, or claims to be God. The power of persuasion is Apocalypse’s greatest power,” Singer said.”[Erik’s] one of the most pivotal characters. Fassbender really delivers here in non-traditional comic book style. There are scenes here you will not see in any other comic book movie. I really think Erik goes through one of the most complex journeys in the movie.”
4. “Apocalypse” is the climax to the entire “X-Men” franchise, and the studio had to buy back the original wheelchair Patrick Stewart sat in to pay proper homage to the first film.
“I wanted to remind the audience that this isn’t just the climax of three movies. It’s the climax of six movies, beginning with X-Men 1,” Singer said. “It’s the original chair from the first movie – we bought it from a collector.”
5. Evan Peters worked more days than any other actor to reprise his role as Quicksilver
“There’s one sequence that took one and a half months to shoot for three minutes of film,” Singer said. “It involves the most complex camera moves, very sophisticated explosive algorithms, 3D Phantom cameras traveling at 50 mph while shooting at 3,100 frames per second. Evan worked more days on this movie than any other actor because of this one sequence.”