– by Joseph Jammer Medina

X-Men: Days of Future Past was a big hit across the board. Fans loved it, critics loved it, and it made a ton of money. Only 4 days into the film’s release, we’re now already moving into the hype for its sequel- the all ready announced X-Men: Apocalypse. Some information has all ready come down from 20th Century Fox, who are much more chatty than Marvel Studios. 

For starters, Simon Kinberg has confirmed that there will once again be a mixture of First Class and original trilogy stars in Apocalypse– similar to Days of Future Past– though the originals won’t be as prominent this time. “It will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too,” he told The Daily Beast in an in-depth interview that covers many, many X-topics.

Also of note in the DB interview is that Bryan Singer- despite his personal troubles- is still expected to be the man behind Apocalypse.

“That is the plan. […] I believe Bryan created the template for the modern superhero movie. I remember where I was when I saw X-Men, and I thought he redefined the way people made comic book films.  All the films that followed in the subsequent years, whether it be theBatman movies, the Spider-Man movies, etc., all took cues from X-Men, because he made it grounded, dramatic, really emotional, and somewhat political. He’s the architect of new superhero movies, and I love what he did with Days of Future Past.”

I wonder what the folks that want to give Christopher Nolan credit for the modern superhero boom will think of Kinberg basically implying that the British director merely did an escalation of what Singer actually brought to the table?

Over at IGN, we’ve gotten word of the tone and scale we should expect from X-Men: Apocalypse. Ever the chatterbox, Kinberg spoke with them about their ambitions for the film- even tossing in a name that I doubt many serious fans want to hear- Roland Emmerich. 

Kinberg explained:

“The thing that we’ve spent the most time talking about is not just the visual execution of the character, which is its own challenge – creating a character that’s the most powerful I think of any mutant villain that we’ve seen in the X-Men movies so far.  The kind of scope and scale we’re talking about is like disaster movie, extinction level event. Sort of Roland Emmerich-style moviemaking, which you’ve never seen in an X-Men movie, or any superhero movie, which I think is exciting.”

That last line makes me think Kinberg never got around to seeing Man of Steel.

He continued,

“But we’ve also been talking about how to give him a real emotional and philosophical underpinning. So he’s not just somebody who’s out there destroying the world because he can. What he’s doing is – in his mind – justified and validated by a real compelling, coherent philosophy.

Kinberg says- describing a very familiar approach:

“He tries to proselytize and convert people – maybe some of our most familiar characters – to come to his cause.”

What do you think of Kinberg’s comments? Do they add or subtract to your excitement for Apocalypse? Sound off below!

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.