You can just imagine Bryan Singer feeling like he was Apocalypse going into the latest X-Men movie. Everything Brett Ratner had built had fallen and from the ashes of his timeline, he was going to build a better one.
And then he made.... this. Whoops...
The X-Men are currently the longest-running superhero franchise, having already capped off a trilogy (back then an endeavour that look at least half-a-decade) before Marvel even started up its Cinematic Universe, and has shown an adaptability that makes the hard-reboot trend that looks incredibly short-sighted. Yet this latest entry is just bombastic stagnation when compared to the other 2016 superhero films.
That's not to say it's the worst of the lot - it shares a lot of the same problems, but it's still leaps and bounds ahead of Batman V Superman - but there's no avoiding just how much of a waste of potential it is. It's hard to hate, but even more difficult to actually like. As I said in my full assessment, I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed.
You can check out that review here, but for a break down of some of the bigger issues, here's three ups and seven (yes, 7) downs from X-Men: Apocalypse.