(WARNING: The following contains potential visual SPOILERS for Fox's upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, albeit ones that the film's trailers have likely already shown you. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise.)
For a movie that's set to feature a whole lot of superpowered mutants punching one another, there's currently a surprisingly small amount of buzz surrounding Fox's imminently-arriving X-Men: Apocalypse. Now, that has a lot to do with the overshadowing effects of Captain America: Civil War's release, as well as the X-Men franchise's relatively low profile in superhero movie terms, but it's still a little surprising that more comic book fans aren't completely freaking out at the prospect of seeing Marvel's Merry Mutants on the big screen once more.
A possible explanation for that? A lot of fans aren't thrilled with the fact that legendary comic book villain Apocalypse, who traditionally tends to look like this...
...has undergone something of a visual transformation for X-Men: Apocalypse, with Oscar Isaac's version of the villain looking more like this:
Which, for anyone who puts much stock in the faithful visual adaptation of classic characters, sure doesn't look all that much like the Apocalypse we know and love from the comic books.
As it turns out, though?
We Almost Saw a Far More Comic Book Faithful Version of Apocalypse in the Movie
In fact, as it turns out, Ironhead Studios — the design team behind the vast majority of X-Men: Apocalypse's costumes — also took a crack at Apocalypse, with noticeably comic book faithful results. As the company's founder Jose Fernandez noted in a recent video interview with Tested, however, things didn't quite work out:
"What happened was I was actually in the running for the job. Another company won the bid, but as bummed as I was — because I really wanted to showcase what I could do — I worked with [another] designer to do almost every other costume in the film so I had my hands full, so I was okay [with losing 'Apocalypse']."
As you can see from the video below, however (at the 7:39 mark), we really weren't too far from seeing a distinctly comic book-like Apocalypse in the movie:
What's more, the fact that Fernandez didn't ultimately get the gig would seem to suggest that Fox's move away from the comic books' giant, imposing Apocalypse was very much intentional — which, hopefully, will turn out to be a fantastic decision. After all, most of us thought that X-Men: Days of Future Past's Quicksilver looked ridiculous — and insufficiently comic book-like — and he turned out to be one of the best things about the movie. Could Isaac's Apocalypse do the same?