– by Joseph Jammer Medina

We’re fast approaching the May release of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, the film that put a cap on the trilogy that began with FIRST CLASS and continued with DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. It’s also a film that promises to be epic in every sense of the word — you can’t really have the world apocalypse in the title without that being the case. 

For the first two trailers, things were decidedly big in scale, but with their most recent and final one, they definitely brought things back to a more intimate level, which was a welcome change. Bryan Singer had a chance to chat with IGN and talk about this very trailer. Singer revealed the following details about the trailer.

  • They’d always planned on having three trailers for the film. â€œWe always planned three trailers. This trailer had to be ready weeks ago visually, so it could be reproduced all over the world. There’s still tons of stuff I wish I could have put in it, but you have to wait for the movie!”
  • The shots of Oscar Isaac in his recognizable human form will be the only one we’ll see of him without his full-on makeup on: â€œThat was shot fairly early on,” admits Singer, “It’s not a big moment, but you get a taste of who he was. That’s when he’s not Apocalypse. This is when he’s a willing contributor.”
  • On the character’s voice: â€œHe has contained within him many voices, but he chooses one primarily. Sometimes he’ll lapse into other kinds of voices, all taken from various ranges and tones. We had a bass mic to his right cheek, a bass drum mic to his left cheek, and a normal Sennheiser that records the primary dialogue. I was able to take all those voices and augment them. But this isn’t the final mix. It’s getting closer to how he’s going to sound.”
  • Following the events in DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Mystique has become quite the figure. â€œShe’s famous, but nobody’s really seen her since. Meeting her is a big deal to [Nightcrawler]. She’s the great hero from 1973 and he’s starstruck in that moment. She’s not comfortable with it. She’s not interested in being the face of a world that she doesn’t believe exists. She’s not a hero. It’s the same reason I’m setting 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea right after the Civil War. Everything wasn’t suddenly hunky-dory between the North and the South – there was still hostility and tension. The same thing exists here.”
  • On that Wolverine shot…or at least we think it’s Wolverine…: â€œMake of that what you want. I will say, it’s not simple. There’s something more pivotal that occurs with that. It hints to a sequence that again fits within the canon of all six movies, and the birth of a new direction. It’s not insignificant, nor is it simply just a throw-in. It’s not the only shot you’re gonna see, let’s put it that way.” 

That last bullet point is especially interesting. We’re approaching Hugh Jackman’s final X-MEN film with THE WOLVERINE III, and while the studio seems to be adamant that they won’t be replacing him, it’s getting harder to see that being true. Call it fearful or wishful thinking, but that hand in the shot looks, dare I say, younger than Mr. Jackman’s.

What do you think of Singer’s comments? How pumped are you for the film? Let us know in the comments down below!

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE hits U.S. theaters on May 27, 2017.

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SOURCE: Empire

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.