Can you believe summer is already over? And with the end of the blockbuster movie season, we're entering the month of DVD releases, with Captain America: Civil War soon on Blu-ray and X-Men: Apocalypse the next on the list. As is usual with the release of these discs, we're getting a whole series of behind-the scenes bonuses and "what could have been" scenarios, from the casting to the costumes.
Costume illustrator Greg Hopwood, who worked with costume designer Louise Mingenbach on X-Men: Apocalypse, has shared a few early takes on the X-Men's costumes via his Twitter, giving us a bit of insight at how the characters of Apocalypse came along.
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Elle Fanning Could Have Been Jean Grey
Surprisingly, his take on Jean Grey even includes the face of Elle Fanning, reportedly one of the runners up for the role. The 18-year-old actress recently starred in Maleficent and The Neon Demon, but the mutant role eventually went to Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner.
What you'll notice as well is that the final costume ended up much closer to a military outfit, and less reminiscent of a comic book costume. With many aliases throughout her comic book history, Jean Grey had several outfits as she transformed into the Phoenix, was manipulated into becoming the Dark Phoenix, and eventually came back as the White Phoenix.
All of these attires, however, were basically variations of the same theme: a closely fitting bodysuit enhanced with a chest plate, thigh-high boots and a highly impractical hip scarf. Clearly this wouldn't have translated very well into live-action.
Early Concept Art Seems To Have Taken Inspiration From '90s X-Men Comics
However, you'll probably recognize the '90s era of Jean Grey in Hopwood's concept art: a more practical outfit that kept the bicolor aspect of previous variations, and, of course, her fiery red hair.
It seems like a shame that Apocalypse's Jean Grey didn't get at least a little bit of color, as that would have made her more recognizable. The final outfit doesn't really give her a strong style, which feels like a waste when the movie's setting in the '80s would have made tasteless color combinations totally acceptable. But hey, superhero movies today have got to be dark, don't they?
X-Men: Apocalypse will be available September 9 on Digital HD and October 4 on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD.
What do you think of Jean Grey's outfit in X-Men: Apocalypse? Do you think this earlier concept art would have been a better option?
For more behind-the-scenes awesomeness, watch the video of the set of X-Men: Apocalypse below: