It is getting harder and harder to make a comic book movie in today’s world, and Bryan Singer is realizing that as many people have reacted negatively to the latest trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse. The biggest complaint from most people is that the villain Apocalypse does not sound like they expected based on his portrayal in the comics. According to IGN, Singer has addressed the criticism from the fans when it comes to the trailer.
“[The first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer] was simply Oscar [Issac] using his normal voice — which is wonderful; his performance is fantastic — but that was never the intention. We just needed those words to govern the first teaser.”
Bryan said that they are working in editing on the actual dialogue of Apocalypse, hoping to deliver something very unique that has not been done before. Singer also said that the sound of it changes throughout the movie based on what he is doing and what is happening around him in the movie. The fact that this is the final X-Men: Apocalypse trailer has many fans scared and complaining about what Bryan is doing with the character.
Thanks to Marvel Comics’ incredible success when it comes to their shared universe, everyone else can’t seem to catch a break, and it looks like that includes Bryan right now. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was shredded by critics and hardcore comic fans alike. The Fantastic Four has been called one of the worst comic book movies of all time.
However, the X-Men world has mostly been accepted by comic book fans since they relaunched with X-Men: First Class in 2011, and Bryan Singer has picked up well from where he left off when he departed the franchise after X2. That makes these complaints seem strange.
It is interesting to see the backlash when it comes to Singer’s work on Apocalypse. This is the same backlash that happened with Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Joss Whedon chose to use a more relaxed and laid-back attitude for the villain Ultron. With the wonderful James Spader voicing the evil robot, he envisioned a more relaxed attitude, especially since everything that Ultron learned about the world came from the internet.
However, people who loved the comics hated it. That laid-back personality was not what Ultron sounded like in their heads. It also doesn’t help that Tom Kane did such a good job on Ultron in the fantastic cartoon Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. That also is the reason that Bryan Singer is facing such criticism right now.
Apocalypse is one of the grandest and mightiest villains in X-Men history. While many fans loved Oscar Isaac in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, his voice is not what many people envisioned when it came to Apocalypse, and Bryan is hearing about it three weeks before the movie comes out. It also doesn’t help Bryan that fans have an actual voice they have heard from the popular old cartoon, Wolverine and the X-Men, to compare this to. That performance was by David Kaye.
Now, just short weeks before X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters, Bryan Singer is listening to everyone complain about a voice from a trailer. Singer even pointed out that this is not the first time that people have criticized this movie before it is even released, pointing to a magazine feature in Entertainment Weekly.
“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. Everyone in the picture is pink. It’s a pink picture.’ “
X-Men: Apocalypse hits theaters on May 27 and Singer said that everyone will learn at that time what Apocalypse really sounds like, and he feels that the voice will be very cool. Whether that is good enough for fans of the franchise, and comic book fans in general, that won’t be determined until the film is released. As far as Bryan Singer is concerned, this is just something people will have to wait and see what he has in store for them.
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