With Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg’s Singerverse now officially over and the X-Men on course to get a proper reboot from Marvel Studios, there seems to be some honestly coming from actress Olivia Munn about her experience working on the franchise.
She portrayed Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Munn, an admitted Psylocke super-fan, revealed to GQ (while responding to Twitter questions) her frustration that neither director Bryan Singer or screenwriter Simon Kinberg had a great amount of knowledge about her character and other X-Men stuff.
MUNN: “When I was doing X-Men [Apocalypse], I was actually surprised that the director and the writer didn’t know Psylocke had a twin brother. And I had to talk to them about a lot of different things about Psylocke and some other parts of the world that they didn’t know and that, as a fan, was very frustrating.”
X-Men fans likely wouldn’t be terribly shocked to hear this as we’ve seen plenty of liberties taken with characters like Rogue, Cyclops, and Storm along with Kinberg having trouble adapting the Dark Phoenix saga accurately twice.
This isn’t the first time an X-Men actor has commented on Singer’s attitude towards the comics/source material.
Last fall, Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman told MTVNews while promoting The Front Runner, that Bryan Singer had banned the comics from the set and then relying on producer Kevin Feige to give him advice about which comics to read.
JACKMAN: “By the way, comic books were banned on the set. Because Bryan Singer had this thing that people would think – he really wanted to take comic book characters seriously as real, three-dimensional characters. And he’d go, ‘People who don’t understand these comics might think they’re two-dimensional.’ So no one was allowed. It was like contraband. I’d never read X-Men, so people were [slipping] them under my door, I’m having a look, I’m reading these things. I’m looking and going, ‘These are brilliant, look at the physicality!’”
“I would go into [eventual Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige‘s office, and it was wall-to-wall – not only comics all over the wall, like posters, but about 600 figurines of different characters. And I’d be like, ‘What should I read?’ And he’d say, ‘You’ve gotta read this one. And you’ve gotta read the Japan. And you’ve gotta read the origins.’ So he was slipping me stuff, and we’ve stayed friends ever since.”
It’ll be certainly interesting to see what direction Marvel Studios will go and if fans can now expect more comic book accurate versions of the mutant heroes in the near future. I feel like the studio won’t be banning comics and making sure the filmmakers/writers will know about the characters they were putting on the screen.