Interviewing filmmaker Michael Dougherty about his Christmas-themed horror film “Krampus” opening December 4th, IGN briefly spoke with him about his work on crafting the story for Bryan Singer’s upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse”.
Singer, Dougherty, and writer-producers Dan Harris created “X2: X-Men United” over a decade ago and re-teamed for this entry with Simon Kinberg – a process that Dougherty very much enjoyed:
“It was great because it felt like a reunion. Bryan essentially got the band back together. It was myself, Dan Harris and Simon Kinberg, and we just became this little team.”
Asked about their approach to the villain of Apocalypse, Dougherty says:
“It was interesting because, the way that Bryan approaches the X-Men franchise is making it as realistic as possible and as grounded as possible. With someone like Apocalypse, it’s tricky because he’s literally such a giant character. What was fun was talking about, let’s say the first mutant was really worshiped as a deity? Once you take that seed and run with it, the character kind of writes itself.
The idea that he sort of comes from a world where things might have been reversed, where mutants weren’t a persecuted minority, that there was a period where they were considered supernatural deities, it’s a fascinating premise. And what happens when that character, in sort of a Rip Van Winkle fashion, enters our world where everything’s flipped.
It sets up a character that’s relatable, in a weird way. It made that character not just a big guy hellbent on world domination, but it gave him a heart that I think we can all relate to.”
With ‘Apocalypse’ set to cap off the ‘First Class’ trilogy, even Dougherty isn’t sure where the franchise goes next:
“We actually didn’t talk that much about where things are going to head. We were really focused on just laying the groundwork for this film. And knowing that of course you’re going to have an ending that opens itself up to more exploration. The X-Men universe is sort of built for that. It’s built for growth… Once you introduce young Jean Grey into a new X-Men film, where do you think it’s going to go? It’s gotta go in some directions, that’s all I’m going to say.”
“X-Men: Apocalypse” opens next May.