Last summer’s Fantastic Four movie provided one of the most fascinating production stories of recent times. Following rumours of last-minute script changes, the director Josh Trank being locked out of the edit suite and producer Simon Kinberg taking over the last act of the movie, the film was panned both critically and commercially.
In our interview with Kinberg about X-Men: Apocalypse (which you can watch in full below), Flickering Myth’s Oli Davis asked what the X-Verse Grand Architect’s thoughts are on the experience almost a year on.
“The Fantastic Four comic is as enduring and as powerful as the X-Men comic,” Kinberg explained, stating his intentions to still making a movie about Marvel’s First Family work. “It’s an older generation comic, but it’s been really important – and it’s one that I loved growing up – and I continue to love. The characters are great characters. And I think the actors we have in that franchise are amazing actors. If you look at Michael B. Jordan, he is, like, the most in-demand actor right now. And Miles Teller, and Jamie, and Katie are great actors. So I think there’s an opportunity to tell it, and tell it correctly.
“We didn’t on the last film,” the producer admitted. “The reality is, we make movies and not every one is going to be great. You put as much effort into the ones that are bad as you do the ones that are good. And that one – for lots of different reasons, lots and lots of different reasons – just wasn’t the right iteration of a Fantastic Four story.”
“I actually think part of the problem on the last Fantastic Four,” he continued, “is that we tried to make it maybe a little bit more like an X-Men movie, make it a little bit darker, when, in fact, I think the Fantastic Four comic traditionally is a lighter, brighter, more hopeful book that’s interested in very different things to other comics. So the challenge this time is to get it right tonally and to find what is special about the Fantastic Four as a story.”
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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.
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X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 18th in the UK and May 27th in the States. The cast includes X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert), Lucas Till (Havok) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) along with new additions Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy (EastEnders) as Angel, Olivia Munn (Magic Mike) as Psylocke and newcomer Lana Condor as Jubilee.