Bryan Singer addresses early X-Men: Apocalypse criticism as fans react
The director addresses each criticism of Oscar Isaac's Apocalypse ahead of movie's release.
X-Men: Apocalypse filmmaker Bryan Singer has assured critics Oscar Isaac's titular villain will meet fan expectations when the movie hits cinemas.
The director has faced a backlash online ever since trailers for the latest movie adaptation were first released, with devotees questioning the look and sound of Oscar's Apocalypse character, which appeared to be vastly different from how the giant was portrayed in the comic books the film is based on.
Bryan has now addressed each criticism directly to clear up misconceptions about the forthcoming movie before it hits theatres later this month (May16).
Discussing the tone of Oscar's voice in the first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, he explained it was simply recorded unedited for the promo, just so they could get the footage out.
"(The first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer) was simply Oscar using his normal voice - which is wonderful; his performance is fantastic - but that was never the intention," Bryan told IGN.com. "We just needed those words to govern the first teaser. So people thought, 'Oh, wait, is that going to be his voice during the whole movie?' It's like, 'No', but to tell the story of the first teaser, we needed the voice, and I hadn't recreated the voice yet."
He reveals Oscar's vocals will be vastly different throughout the film.
"It ebbs and flows and moves through the movie, and changes, so he doesn't just have one single voice," the director said. "He speaks with different voices depending on different moments in the film."
Fans also took issue with the apparent size of Apocalypse, who is supposed to be larger-than-life - but Bryan insists making him a giant onscreen just didn't fit the film.
"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," Bryan explained. "But the reality is... 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."
Meanwhile, Bryan claims the pink colouring of Apocalypse's costume in early photos was just a result of lighting, as the character is actually blue.
"There was an image released on Entertainment Weekly, where the effect hadn't been put in yet..." he said. "The effect has a pink light on it, and everyone got lit up, so people thought Apocalypse was going to be pink. I was like, 'No, no, they're all pink. Take a look. Everyone in the picture is pink. It's a pink picture!'"
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