As expected – Bryan Singer confirmed for Apocalypse

As expected – Bryan Singer confirmed for Apocalypse

The X-Men franchise has been reinvigorated since First Class hit screens in 2011 with this year’s follow-up from Bryan Singer, Days of Future Past also being generally well received. The series is rolling on with X-Men: Apocalypse already in the works (for which Future Past included a stinger in case anyone missed it!), and while it was generally considered that Singer would return once again, his involvement has now been made official.

Reportedly Singer and Fox have agreed to terms for him helming the next film in the series, which will be the fourth film directed by Singer (the previous three being – X1, X2, and DoFP). Singer is also attached in a writing capacity which is something he’s done on several of the previous films including First Class. Alongside him will be writers Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, and Simon Kinberg.

Apocalypse of course refers to a supervillain in the comics, an ancient mutant with a variety of powers that could be utilised in the new film. Aside from physical mutant abilities Apocalypse is supposed to be extraordinarily intelligent, this is something I hope they make use of in the film.

Further to Bryan Singer’s official involvement, it has also been reported that we’re unlikely to see the original cast members returning once again (other than Hugh Jackman of course), and that the film will focus on the X-Men: First Class cast.

That said, we still may see some of those original characters again, In fact Simon Kinsberg has been reported with the following to say;

If we included some of the original X-Men like Storm and Jean and Scott and others in Apocalypse, yeah we’d have to recast them, as Apocalypse takes place a good twenty years before the first X-Men which was now, insanely a good ten to fifteen years ago.

So while some of the classic characters might be back, it looks like Days of Future Past was definitely the swan song for some of those actors and their time in the X-franchise, ultimately however, as with most things comics related, I guess anything could happen!

X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled for release in mid-2016.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.