Yesterday saw the official unveiling of Oscar Isaac as the titular bad guy in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” and it was… interesting. The “Ex Machina” and “Star Wars” actor is completely unrecognizable under prosthetics, and the reaction from fans can be summed up in three words: Power. Rangers. Villain. Staying true-ish to the character’s comic book look has meant swinging for the fences, and, at least in still form, it risks looking a little silly.
But it may well end up being very different in motion, and Isaac says they’ve absolutely taken the character’s unusual nature into consideration. “We had to do some adjustments here and there and be like, alright, maybe this is too alien,” the actor told EW. “He also is someone who people would want to follow and not just be terrified of. So the balance, and then making sure that there’s some great elements from the comic but also making our own thing as well. In the comic, he generally is like 12 feet, 600 pounds.”
Still, with Isaac going up against a giant cast, Bryan Singer back at the helm, and a mega-budget presumably bolstered by the success of “Days Of Future Past,” the actor is sure that fans will be rewarded. “I mean that last battle is going to be pretty insane. I mean, it’s like freaking Apocalypse fighting all of the X-Men. It’s pretty cool.”
Also having to suffer hours in the make-up chair is Jennifer Lawrence, who suggested recently that she might be done with the ‘X-Men’ films after this, the last one she’s contracted for. She explains her reasoning to EW: “I love working with Bryan, and I love these movies. It’s just the paint. Now I’m almost 25 and I’m like, ‘I can’t even pronounce this and that’s going in my nose? I’m breathing that?’”
But never say never, Lawrence says about the possibility of future films (a “Mystique” spin-off is even rumored). “There is hope,” she says. “I don’t want to not be asked.” With or without Lawrence, there’s certainly sure to be future ‘X-Men’ movies down the line, as a mostly new cast for ‘Apocalypse’ indicates. “I do think about the next chapters of these stories,” writer/producer Simon Kinberg says. “My hope is we can bring these guys back. And if we didn’t then I would adjust.”
“X-Men: Apocalypse” opens on May 27th, 2016.