Simon Kinberg, director of the upcoming ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix,’ has revealed what went wrong with ‘X-Men: The Last Stand.’
‘Dark Phoenix’ will mark the directorial debut for Kinberg, though he worked as a writer on ‘The Last Stand.’ The director has publicly apologized to fans before for “not doing the film properly.”
During an interview at WonderCon, Kinberg talked about his regrets surrounding the Dark Phoenix story in the 2006 movie. He also explained the reasoning behind not making it more of a comic book movie. Kinberg 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.”
He continued, saying:
“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.”
Alexandra Shipp, who plays Storm in the new ‘Dark Phoenix,’ has been vocal about the treatment of female characters in superhero movies, and praises Kinberg for his different take in the upcoming film. Shipp said:
“It’s really fun to be a part of a movie that is more explorative of their female characters. For a long time, especially with X-Men, we’re just, like, the big tits in the back.What’s great about this is we’ve grown as a group, as a family and there’s something we can really build on as individuals. Everyone’s different, we’re not just boobs and that’s nice.”
‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ opens in theaters on June 7!
The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe when one of their own, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean is nearly killed when she’s hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. The X-Men must now band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Grey’s new abilities to rule the galaxy.