X-Men: Days of Future Past was one of the most enjoyable superhero movies this year and in a landscape that pits pretty much any superhero movie against Marvel Studios, that’s saying something. Right before the release of the movie, the superhero franchise was tarnished a bit by allegations that the man behind the lens, Bryan Singer, had abused a minor years ago. Now that the suit has been dropped, 20th Century Fox is ready to get moving on their next entry in the rejuvenated X-Men franchise, and it looks like filming will begin in April of 2015.
According to CJAD, Singer and Co. will be returning to Montreal for the filming of X-Men: Apocalypse and are expected to set up shop as early as next month. Set construction should begin in December, while shooting is expected to begin in April. Since the first X-Men movie back in 2000, Singer has made Montreal home to the mutants that grace the big screen, so it is not surprising that he will return. What is surprising, however, is how quickly things are rolling now that the suit against Singer was dropped.
Previous statements by X-Men producers had indicated that Apocalypse would be happening no matter which direction Singer’s case went, even if it meant finding another director to helm the movie. The studio remained optimistic but in light of the heinous charges against the director, it would be foolish to think that there wasn’t a back-up plan in place just in case the suit went south. The fact that things are moving so quickly now that the lawsuit was dropped could indicate that the studio was already in the middle of executing their back-up plan when the suit disappeared. We have already seen what happens when another director is tapped to come into the franchise after the universe has already been created by someone else (*cough* Last Stand *cough*), so it is good to know the torch isn’t going to be passed quite yet. That was one of the wonderful things about DOFP – while it was a sequel to the original franchise that Singer had led while at the same time, being a sequel to First Class, which was lead by Matthew Vaughan, it seemed to fall in perfectly with both ends of the spectrum. In other words, Singer knows how to play with these characters on screen and giving the reins over to another director could have been catastrophe.
X-Men: Apocalypse will be hitting theaters during a very busy year for the box office. 2016 will bring Batman v. Superman, Captain America 3, as yet untitled superhero movies from both DC and Marvel, and Sinister Six, to name a few. Whether or not Apocalypse will wind up bringing in the numbers Fox is hoping for is yet to be seen but we can all rest a bit easier knowing that the X-Men franchise is in capable hands.