X-Men Apocalypse Director Bryan Singer Compares Movie To Game of Thrones

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Fans who have been waiting for writer-director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse have their own impressions by now, based on the full length trailer and images for the production. It looks like Apocalypse is going to be the biggest film in the franchise so far, with co-writer Simon Kinberg stating that viewers can expect "an extinction-level threat to the world," to reflect the kind of mass destruction implied by the feature's subtitle.

During an interview with Yahoo Movies, Singer reveals his key inspiration when it came to telling a much bolder and darker X-Men story than has ever been seen before on the big screen. Singer describes how the new X-Men film is similar to George R.R. Martin's medieval drama:

"I'm a huge ‘Game Of Thrones' fan. There's a crossover between ‘X-Men' and ‘Game Of Thrones', they're both about a younger generation finding their powers, finding out who they are, and what their place in the world is. I like how the show's about different groups of people moving towards a common goal. They don't even know if that's the right goal, who wants to sit on that uncomfortable throne? I don't! Everyone in King's Landing is miserable. But for some reason they want that power."

The lust for power should probably play into the emotions of characters such as Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). Even writer Simon Kinberg described the film's darker story:

"There's a lot more destruction and loss in this film that we've had in the previous movies. We weren't afraid to go to darker, heavier places than we've done in these films before."

X-Men: Apocalypse will be released in theaters on May 27, 2016.