Bryan Singer has directed three X-Men films, but his new one -- 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse -- is "different."
That's how the veteran X-Men director described the film in a brief interview with Empire during pre-production on X-Men: Apocalypse in Montreal. The film, set in the year 1983, is focused on a centuries-old character, Apocalypse, who is attributed in comics as one of the world's first mutants, and was teased in the post-credits scene of X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
"It's a big monster of a movie," says Singer. "The stakes are so high and global and the villain is so mythic. It's definitely an X-Men movie, but it feels really different."
In recent months Singer has revealed on social media that he is re-casting a number of the X-Men's key characters such as Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm, and in the interview with Empire refers to them as the core of the team during the movie.
“Scott is not yet the squeaky-clean leader. Storm is a troubled character who is going down the wrong path in life. And Jean is complex, interesting and not fully mature. It’s fun to see someone struggling with their powers when you know one day they’ll become the most powerful person in the world.”
X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to be released May 19, 2016.