In the midst of the golden age of comic book movies, fan power has never been more influential. Just look at the record breaking Deadpool, a project where the fans provided the catalyst for the film being produced. Or The Punisher, who will now get his own spinoff TV series after winning legions of supporters in Daredevil.
The wave of fan power continues to splash against the superhero landscape, with an important role in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse being helped in large part by a piece of fan art found online. It doesn't get much cooler than that, folks.
A Late Change Of Script
In an interview with CinemaBlend, producer Simon Kinberg revealed that originally, there were only going to be three horseman joining the super-mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) in the quest to royally screw over planet Earth. However, it was decided later on they required an extra character. He said:
"I don’t know why we made this decision, but we knew that Professor X was abducted in the middle of the movie, and we thought that almost counted as a fourth Horseman. And so that’s the way we constructed the original draft of the script. There wasn’t going to be a fourth one.
"The ‘surprise’ was that Xavier was the fourth Horseman. And then when we were working on the script, Bryan and I at one particular point — pretty late in the process — said, ‘He’s not really a Horseman — he’s not doing anything in the third act of the movie.’"
Fateful Fan Art
While on the search for a fourth horseman to fill the void, Kinberg and producer Bryan Singer delved through the back-catalog of comics, uncovering which X-Men stars had been horseman in the past. Psylocke was a standout choice, and Kinberg had an idea of who would play the role. He added:
"I had just met with Olivia Munn about 'Deadpool' — like a week or two before. And Bryan and I were up in Montreal, and I said, ‘You know, Olivia Munn could be an interesting Psylocke,’ so we went on the internet and Googled her images. And one of the first things that popped up was a piece of fan art of Olivia as Psylocke."
Munn has previously explained she didn't want to "play girlfriend," leading to her turning down the role in Deadpool and opting to play Psylocke instead. If that isn't fate, I don't know what is.
X-Men: Apocalypse will be released on May 27.
Are you excited to see Munn as Psylocke?