(Featured image courtesy of Entertainment Weekly – pictured is Alexandra Shipp, Oscar Isaac and Olivia Munn.)
As far as reading comic books go… I’ve never set foot in a comic book store. As far as comic book adaptations go within the Marvel and DC Universes go, the only one I’ve missed in the last five years was 2011’s “Green Lantern.” Maybe I should just say I haven’t missed a good adaptation in the past five years.
The niche genre is growing on me – and one of the superhero groups I really love is the X-Men troupe, so I am quite excited for the instalment coming in May of 2016, titled “X-Men: Apocalypse.” But if you’re reading this, you already knew the title.
Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly provided us with a look at multiple character photos on the set of “Apocalypse,” featuring fresh faces in the franchise, as well as franchise vets. I think the titular villainous mutant, Apocalypse, duh, should be discussed first. I’ve been excited for this since that little treat of the 5,000 year-old Egyptian mutant building ancient pyramids in the end credits bit at the end of “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
According to a quote in the initial EW article, published yesterday by Michael Muller, Oscar Isaac describes his character as “believed to be the first mutant” and “when things start to go awry, or when things seem like they’re not moving towards evolution, he destroys those civilizations.” That’s awesome. Basically, get shit done or perish.
According to veteran writer Simon Kingberg, who has been with the franchise since “X-Men: The Last Stand” (probably not the best spot to enter, mind you!) suggests this film will help introduce takes on classic characters Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey. You can read the original article here, by the way.
Now I thought it would be fun to give my thoughts on some of the actors and character looks. (Here’s a slideshow for all of the pictures, posted in an article on IGN).
I like the look of Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, even though his pigmentation is giving me deep “Guardians of the Galaxy” with both Thanos and Ronan the Accuser. Also according to Isaac in an EW Lounge sit-down at Comic-Con 2015, Apocalypse thinks he is a god – equally above mutants as much so as mutants think they are above humans.
But I’m so game with Isaac portraying the character, as I’m a big fan of his performances in “Drive” and “Ex-Machina.” Also, Olivia Munn will be portraying Psylocke, Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock, who has powers of telepathy.
I don’t have any problem with Munn portraying the character. That’s mostly because I don’t know much about the character and I love the charismatic Munn. Just the video of her geeking out over being a super hero at the EW Lounge is enough for me.
The 24-year-old Alexandra Shipp looks very cool as a young Ororo Munroe, a.k.a. Storm. She’s been in a few TV movies and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”, so this will only be her third film role according to her IMDb page. Her second film will be the biographical “Straight Outta Compton,” being released in August. But, man, Shipp just rocks the Mohawk look.
The 19-year-old Sophie Turner, best known for her portrayal of Sansa Stark on “Game of Thrones,” will portray a young Jean Grey. I think she looks great as the character. To round out the take on classic characters, the 18-year-old Tye Sheridan will offer his portrayal of a young Cyclops/Scott Summers. I loved him in 2013’s “Mud,” so I think his strength as an actor can bring a lot to the role.
Kodi Smit-McPhee will take on the role of Nightcrawler from Alan Cumming, who played the role in “X2: X-Men United.” I thought the young Australian was great in “Let Me In,” and that’s largely all I’ve seen him in. I think he’ll be great, and hopefully so, as Nighcrawler is one of my favourite heroes in the X-Men franchise.
And of course, Michael Fassbender returns as Magneto and James McAvoy will return as Professor X, this time with a shaved head. Evan Peters will also return as Quicksilver for the film. Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert), Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy/Beast) and Lucas Till (Alex Summers/Havok) are confirmed to return in the film. After getting a first look at the cast, the excitement is getting bigger for me.