Simon Kinberg, the director of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, says that X-Men: Last Stand’s‘s mistake was that it didn’t go cosmic.
The latest adaptation of The Dark Phoenix Saga will soon hit our screens with Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. This famous comic storyline has made it to cinemas once before with X-Men: The Last Stand, however, this film wasn’t particularly well received.
Kinberg is a long time producer in the X-Men franchise and believes he knows where the old film went wrong and why Dark Phoenix has a better chance of succeeding. Speaking to Digital Spy, the director said:
“I really felt that one of the mistakes we made with X-Men 3, which told in a way the Dark Phoenix story but it was the subplot of that film, one of the mistakes we made was that we didn’t go cosmic with it, like the comics. I think that was a time in superhero movies where that just wasn’t being done, and now we live in a time with Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok and so many comic book movies are interstellar and cosmic that we felt like this was an opportunity to do our version of that.”
The cosmic angle is certainly pertinent to the story so it will be interesting to see how audiences react to Dark Phoenix once it hits cinemas. Do you agree with Kinberg’s assessment of The Last Stand? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @FlickeringMyth…
In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix sees Simon Kinberg directing a cast that includes franchise veterans Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver) alongside new additions Kota Eberhardt (The Persian Connection) as Selene, Andrew Stehlin (Hacksaw Ridge) as Red Lotus, and Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) and Lamar Johnson (Kings). It is set for release on June 6th 2019.