Yeah, you read that title correctly. The film that some had hope for has now officially had that light,hope and aspirations sucked away from it.
Now we already know that as a whole, X-Men: Apocalypse failed on many levels. It failed to connect with critics and moviegoers alike and the movie many suspected would earn upwards of $1 billion at the worldwide box office proved to be a disappointment. As a result, Bryan Singer won’t be returning to helm the next instalment and writer Simon Kinberg will instead be making his directorial debut with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, a new take on the story he previously dropped the ball on after penning Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Which you would think that he would learn from his mistakes….well think again.
If you thought this would be a faithful adaptation of the story taking the heroes into outer space, it sounds like we can forget that being the case. While it doesn’t sound like that’s off the table, Kinberg’s comments don’t bode well for those hoping to see the X-Men head to the Shi’ar Empire.
“[We must] find a way to ground it so it’s not too intergalactic,” he revealed before adding that the X-Men movies will remain “human” and “emotional” on his watch. That’s good and bad in retrospect but probably isn’t what a lot of fans were hoping to hear. After all, the problem with Kinberg’s first take on the Dark Phoneix storyline was that it didn’t take advantage of most of what made the comic great.
When the announcement that Jessica Chastain had officially been casted in the film, it was almost certain she would portraying Lilandra head of the Sh’iar Empire. Now we can only cross our fingers and hope.
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