When it comes to the “X-Men” universe, Psylocke has long been a fan-favourite. When Olivia Munn was cast in the role for “X-Men: Apocalypse”, not everyone was convinced she was the right choice. But from the onset, it’s clear that Munn was all-out to do the character justice. She lobbied hard to ensure her costume stays true to the comic version, as this brand new image shows. If anything, costume designer Louise Mingenbach has somehow managed to make Psylocke look less sexy in a getup like that. What do you think?
But in an interview with CNET, Munn talked about why her character is much more than just a hot babe. To her, Psylocke represents the ultimate empowered female in every sense of the word. And apparently, she has zero qualms about being bad.
Munn explained: “I’ve loved Psylocke for so long. She’s a really, really strong badass female character in this comic book world where a lot of times the women don’t get to be strong and badass. You see a lot of superheroes [who] don’t always want to kill, and they’ll avoid it if they can. She’s never had a problem killing, and I like that she was the bad guy that had no problem being the bad guy. She’s telekinetic and telepathic so she can read your mind. She can create anything with her mind. To win any fights, she can just create a mountain and have it fall down on you, but she chooses to create a sword so she can kill up close and personal. I always thought that was really cool and badass.”
Here’s the official synopsis: “Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” director Bryan Singer returns with “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.”
“X-Men: Apocalypse” is directed by Bryan Singer and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, and Ben Hardy. It premieres 19th May.