Unless you do not follow movie news that well, you do know that this latest X-Men film ended badly. It was met with negative reviews, a bad opening and it is yet to surpass the $200 million budget that was set for it.
Director Simon Kinberg knows that there were problems which contributed to the movie flopping. These included a lot of reshoots, delays and Fox being bought by Disney. However, he took responsibility for the movie bombing at the box office. He said that, “I’m here. I’m saying when a movie doesn’t work, put it on me. I’m the writer-director, the movie didn’t connect with audiences, that’s on me.”
This failure is made into an even bigger deal when you think back to X-Men: The Last Stand. It was the cinematic adaptation for “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and Kinberg wrote the movie. He has failed twice, in delivering the goods for this saga. This was his directorial debut and it was…dark.
Even though the movie failed, Simon says that he had a great time making it and he enjoyed the experience that came with making a movie. A lot of movie lovers do not share his enthusiasm for the movie and were quick to say so in their scathing reviews of this final chapter in the X-Men universe, until Marvel picks it up and hopefully polishes it to a shine.
There was also the issue of whether or not ‘Dark Phoenix’ might have performed better if it has been released when it was expected and also been marketed better, Kinberg had something to say about that too. He said “I mean honestly, there’s no way to know. And that’s the thing that I think can drive people crazy and keep them up and be thinking about a movie’s failure years later.” He went on to say that if the lesson that we have learned about this is that the date was wrong or that we did not have good marketing, then it is not a lesson at all.
Kinberg also got an email from Tim Miller who directed Deadpool saying that with time, people will come to look at ‘Dark Phoenix’ differently. Also someone else helped Simon Kinberg as he went through this harsh period is director Ridley Scott who made ‘G.I. Jane’ that was not as appreciated. He told Kinberg that he does not look back at that movie with bad feelings. It was a great process.
There is a new movie from this universe coming out next year called ‘The New Mutants’. It is a new story as ‘Dark Phoenix’ was the final chapter in wrapping up the story which is centered around the iconic characters of Magneto, Professor X, Cyclops, Jean Grey and other main characters. There is no news yet as to what Marvel intends to do with the newly acquired property that they had been longing to use for their universe. However, it is expected that they will decide to go the reboot route to make sure that X-Men fits into the MCU’s continuity.