Some of the surviving X-Men cast turned up for what could be their last outing, X-Men Apocalypse’s London premiere.
Famke Janssen is long gone and the franchise is on churn to ensure a future with younger leads, and reliable cash flow.
“I love franchises. I only sign on to anything because I love the character and I love the story and with a stand alone movie it’s great, you do a character arc between two hours. With a franchise you can do a character over a matter of years. It’s all great,” said actress Jennifer Lawrence at the premiere.
Bryan Singer again directs, but there’s more than a hint of past glories and little of novelty to lift “Apocalypse” into five star territory.
James McAvoy, now inhabiting Patrick Stewart’s younger shoes, says he is proud of what he is done with the role, and the fans’ reactions.
“To be the custodian of something that they hold so dear, so preciously to their hearts, it’s fantastic. I was a fan when I was a kid, so if I hadn’t been an actor, if I hadn’t been this successful, I might be standing there. So I feel really proud to be the guy getting to do it,” said McAvoy.
Meanwhile, Oscar Isaac plays the all-powerful supervillan.
“Well we just tried to go back to the philosophy of the character. What does Apocalypse want and why does he want to do that and what makes this version of destroying the world unique? You know, it’s nothing to do with naturalism, it’s a kind of bigger expression, he’s more of a concept than a person,” says Isaac.