Almost a year ago Entertainment Weekly released some photos of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse movie that featured a few of the X-Men and Apocalypse himself. And with the release of the those photos came an outcry from all over the internet that shredded the look of the first mutant. Saying that he looked like the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers villain Ivan Ooze (check out a picture of Ooze here). It looks like Bryan Singer, director of X-Men: Apocalypse heard the millions of voices crying out in terror.
In an interview with IGN Singer explained his choice for selecting Oscar Isaac for the part of Apocalypse.
There was an image released on Entertainment Weekly, where the effect hadn’t been put in yet, so everyone was – the effect has a pink light on it, and everyone got lit up pink, so people thought Apocalypse was going to be pink. I was like, ‘No no, they’re all pink. Take a look.’ I’m going to take some blame for that. My fault, not Entertainment Weekly’s. That’s the picture I game them.
Later in the same interview Singer addressed the fans’ criticisms that Isaac did not fit the hight “requirement” of Apocalypse in the comics by saying:
So when people where like, ‘He’s small.’ I’m like, ‘Okay, I got the same shit when I cast a six-foot-three actor to play the five-foot-four Wolverine. I got the same shit when Quicksilver’s very sweet, 1970’s costume was released on an Empire Magazine cover.’ You know, every time. 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. But thee reality is, among his many powers – and you will see him change size – but among his many posers is his power of persuasion, and 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.
It is very obvious when you watch the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer that they have made some drastic changes to Apocalypse in post production. Which is something I knew would happen when I saw these photos a year ago. And Singer is right about getting “shit” from all of his decisions that have turned out to be brilliant. So people really need to chill, and trust Singer at this point with the X-Men movies. However, he is right to take blame for giving Entertainment Weekly that picture in question. It is not a very good picture first off. And it also is not very exciting. He should have selected something different to show if he wanted a “in production” shot.
We will soon be able to see if Singer made the right actor choose because the movie is set to be released in just a few weeks on May 18, 2016.