We’ve already been told a story about The Phoenix in the woefully inaccurate and poorly implemented ‘X-Men: The Last Stand‘ and now Simon Kinberg is sharing how things will be different in ‘Dark Phoenix.’ Thankfully, due to the events in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ the entire cinematic X-Men franchise was able to experience a soft reboot and because of it, ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ never happened. With a fresh opportunity to tell us the iconic “Dark Phoenix Saga” story, Kinberg jumped at the chance for redemption and to tell this story from a more comic-accurate perspective.
So how did he handle this adaptation?
“The biggest lesson learned from X-Men: The Last Stand or X3 was that if you are going to tell a Phoenix story, tell the Phoenix story. Don’t make it the subplot of the movie. Make it the plot of the movie. So in this movie Jean/Phoenix is the absolute center as you see her on the one-sheet of the poster. She’s the center. The movie is about her. The movie’s about her crisis and the ways that it then affects all of the people around her. Some of whom love her. Some of whom see her as an enemy. Some of whom want to take advantage of her. But she’s at the center of it. So the lesson we really learned was to tell the Dark Phoenix story the way that it was originally told. And it’s been told in other iterations, whether it be other versions of the comics or versions in the cartoons, she was always the center of it. It was always about her emotional, psychological breakdown and all of the things that then broke.”
On paper, this direction for the film sounds like it will be much closer to the source material. While fans will still have to get over the hump of not having the emotional connection to Jean which will make this story genuinely moving, there is at least more of a chance that we’ll feel for the situations that the mutants find themselves in.
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‘Dark Phoenix’ will rise in your local theaters on June 7th, 2019!
Source: Screen Rant