The film was announced by Singer in December 2013 the he, along with Kinberg, Dougherty, and Harris, were attached to develop the story. Singer has described the film as "A big monster of a movie." According to Kinberg, this will contain more mass destruction than any of the previous X-Men films. "... The kind of scope and scale we're talking about is like a disaster movie featuring an extinction-level event. We're talking Michael Bay/Roland Emmerich-style moviemaking, which you've never seen in an X-Men movie..." Singer chose Apocalypse as the antagonist to examine the origins of mutants on Earth. In addition, Singer has called this film "kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films...". Casting began in October 2014. By April 2015, along with the previous cast, newcomers Oscar Isaac, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Lana Condor and Olivia Munn joined. Principal photography commenced in April 2015 in Montreal, Canada, and wrapped in August of the same year.
With X-Men: Apocalypse, what Singer achieves is a sense of grand scale that makes the film fun to watch as an X-Men film. However, it is a cinematic fireworks show without the worthy grand finale. Ultimately, it is a promising setup killed by disaster-film cliches.
Simon says X-Men: Apocalypse receives:
Also, see my review for X-Men: Days of Future Past.