Bryan Singer on writing Jean and Cyclops' origin story in X-Men: Apocalypse

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Apr 8, 2016, 3:50 PM EDT

It’s really coming full circle for Bryan Singer. He directed the adult versions of Cyclops and Jean Grey in the first two X-Men films, and now he’s back for the teenage editions in X-Men: Apocalypse. So, what does he think of tackling the origin stories of these classic heroes?

Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) caught up with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the challenges of bridging the gap between the old and new casts. Apocalypse will feature the teenage versions of Jean (Sophie Turner) and Scott (Tye Sheridan), who are one of the most iconic couples in comics history.

As he tells the untold story of how they met, Singer said he approached it as two lost kids finding one another while trying to find themselves:

“In the beginning, she’s the last thing he’s interested in. When he first comes to the mansion, Scott’s blind so he can’t see her. Suddenly he gets some glasses and now he can see her and he’s like ‘Oh! That’s Jean Grey.’ Both of them are misfits in a way. Other mutants have settled in with their powers. This is all new to Scott Summers and he doesn’t like it and he doesn’t like school. And Jean she has not only her telekenisis and her telepathy but she also knows inherently that something darker and more powerful is growing inside her and she doesn’t quite know what it is.”

X-Men: Apocalypse opens May 27.

What do you think of Singer’s take on the characters?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)