Suffice to say there has just be a tad bit of outcry regarding the look of Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse.
When the first images were released the internet exploded with comparisons to the Power Rangers bad guy, Ivan Oooze.
And I think rightfully so.
Honestly, I can’t believe how someone could be a part of a multi-million dollar movie and actually approve of the look.
Yeah, it’s that bad.
Now the latest is that MTV caught up with writer and producer Simon Kinberg – who also worked on Fantastic Four – asking what’s up with Apocalypse’s costume. Here’s what he had to say:
I feel like we have been, the ’X-Men’ franchise, has been growing a little bit more into science fiction. I think ’Days of Future Past’ with time travel and the Sentinels took us into a slightly broader, more science fiction world than the films had occupied in the past,” he said. “We felt like the movies were ready for something that was slightly more, let’s say, cosmic. Once we made the decision for Apocalypse to be the villain at the center of the movie, we wanted to be true to the comics, which are sort of, like you, say, not costume, but it’s not just a guy in a helmet. It is more cosmic.”
First, Kinberg mentioning the Sentinels in X-Men: Days Of Future Past isn’t a good sign in my book as their designs in the movie were pretty bad as well. The older ones were akin to some kind of 1970s dryer, and the future versions were straight out of Thor. Kinberg actually says they want to be true to the comics — but they never are; not with the X-Men costumes, not with Wolverine, the Sentinels, and definitely not with Apocalypse. Three strikes, you’re out, dude. Wait, that’s at least four.
Kinberg does say the look of Apocalypse in the movie is based on cosmic. That’s rather interesting as there was a rumor a while back that Apocalypse himself was actually alien (which Singer debunked); however, Kinberg may be hinting toward Apocalypse using the Celestials tech that’s used in the comics. I will say, that Kinberg calling the look of the Apocalypse costume “cosmic” comes off as insulting coming from a cosmic fan.
Fans have also been wondering if Apocalypse will change his size in the movie. An interview a while back with Oscar Isaac saw mention they are going to make it their own thing (which is never good), which seemed to insinuate Apocalypse won’t be all that large in nature.
We had to do some adjustments here and there and be like, alright, maybe this is too alien. He also is someone who people would want to follow and not just be terrified of. So the balance, and then making sure that there’s some great elements from the comic but also making our own thing as well. In the comic, he generally is like 12 feet, 600 pounds.
While there is a lot of negative talk surrounding the look of Apocalypse, in Singer and Kinberg’s defense, there were similar thoughts surrounding Evan Peters’ Quicksilver in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and we all know Quicksilver’s scene stole the show.
“X-Men: Apocalypse” has a May 27, 2016 release directed by Bryan Singer starring Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Ian McKellen, Rose Byrne, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp and Oscar Isaac.