X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Producers Reflect On The Mistakes They Made With X-MEN: APOCALYPSE
While X-Men: Apocalypse may have been a box office success, it didn't exactly live up to the lofty expectations set by its predecessor. Now, with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Simon Kinberg hopes to course correct.
After that assuredly disappointing result, the X-franchise seemed to shift their focus elsewhere with acclaimed spinoffs Logan and Deadpool taking the spotlight and The New Mutants also getting considerably more coverage than X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which quietly began principal photography in June and then neatly wrapped filming in October, on schedule, without much fanfare, which was a considerable departure from the much more hectic Singer sets the cast and crew had become accustomed to.
Parker offers some additional insight, essentially admitting that the screenplay was still work-in-progress throughout production, which is never a good sign. He also adds that Apocalypse came at a time when the superhero genre was evolving into something much grander and unfortunately, at the time, they didn't have the foresight to evolve with it. "It’s always dangerous if your script is evolving while you’re shooting. Certainly, in hindsight, we all feel like the genre has been evolving aesthetically and tonally and that the film didn’t. There’s a lot that I think is very good in the film but, as a whole, it was struggling to find ways to coalesce, narratively emotionally and in terms of plot. Aesthetically, it felt sort of dated relative to an evolution you were seeing play out everywhere else. We learned a lot from that.”
Going into Dark Phoenix, Kinberg's main focus was to rectify the errors he made on Apocalypse and hopefully work toward course-correcting the franchise for fans of the long-running series. "One of the things I went into this film wanting to do is obviously focus on the characters and give them real emotions to play and come up with a theme that would make it feel relevant and necessary in today’s world."
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Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.
Director: Simon Kinberg
James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X
Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme/Mystique
Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast
Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers/Cyclops
Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix
Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe/Storm
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler
Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver
Olivia Munn as Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke
Jessica Chastain in an undisclosed role
Daniel Cudmore in an undisclosed role
Lamar Johnson in an undisclosed role
X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters November 2, 2018
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