The director of Dark Phoenix reveals how he worked to achieve X-Men this time

The director of Dark Phoenix reveals how he worked to achieve X-Men this time
Simon Kinberg also talks about how Sophie Turner formed Jean Gray and what Dark Phoenix has in common with Empire Strikes Back.

It is not often that you adapt to the classic story of the Marvel comic for the silver screen, but the director of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Simon Kinberg, is doing just that.

The twelfth film of the 20th Century Fox series X-Men, which hits theaters in the United Kingdom on June 5, Australia on June 6 and the United States on June 7, highlights the attention on the psychic mutant hero Jean Gray since his powers are supercharged cosmically. The point that endangers the planet.

If this sounds familiar, it's because it was one of the lines of the plot in X-Men: The Last Stand of 2006, which Kinberg co-wrote with Zak Penn. That did not eliminate the justice of Dark Phoenix Saga, the lifelong comic reader that Kinberg recognized when I met him in a London hotel before the release of the new movie. His own fandom glowed in the way his eyes lit up while we talked. He seemed more than happy to take a look at the influences of his pop culture.

From The Last Stand, Kinberg worked as a writer and producer on First Class, Days of Future Past, Apocalypse, Deadpool, its sequel and Logan, but Dark Phoenix was his first time in the director's chair. Despite this, I had the feeling that she was calmly certain that she had hit the Dark Phoenix saga. Here is a transcript of our chat, slightly edited for clarity.

Q: Congratulations on your directorial debut. How do you feel?

Kinberg: I'm very honored to have had the opportunity to direct an X-Men movie since I grew up reading these comics. When I was reading comics when I was a kid, I did not know if there would be X-Men movies, much less that I would be working on them.

You mentioned that you grew up reading the comics. What was your relationship with the Dark Phoenix saga?

Dark Phoenix was always my favorite story while growing up. It was a bit like The Empire Strikes Back, which is my favorite movie of all time. Both tried to challenge what it is to be good and to be bad. You were one or the other, but this comic appeared and took a character that you loved and that was a hero and was impregnated with a cosmic force that seized it, but that turned it into something perverse, dangerous and deadly.

Suddenly, I looked at the world differently. I felt that we all have that darkness inside us, and certainly, we also have the ability to recover.

Therefore, he always stayed with me. He reported a lot about the way I just saw the world, the way I wrote as an artist and filmmaker.

Where do you think X-Men: The Last Stand went wrong?

It is a fair question. Otherwise, we would not be making the story of the Dark Phoenix again.

The cosmic elements of the story were not explored at all, but more importantly, the story of the Dark Phoenix became the secondary story, the B plot of that movie and the plot of the cure became the plot A of the movie.

The traditional heroes of the X-Men movies, Xavier, Magneto and Wolverine, became the heroes of the film and Jean really stayed in the back seat, especially in the latter half of the film. And Famke [Janssen] (the first actor to play Jean) has about five lines of dialogue in the last half of the movie.

Interesting, I'll have to see him again.

I have not seen him for a long time, but [she has] very few lines. And listen, I say all this with the blood in my hands of being the co-writer of the movie, so it's not like I'm judging anyone. But he did not focus on what is the best story in the history of X-Men comics and potentially all comics. That story itself is too much for a movie, much less to be the background story of someone else's movie.

And that's why I was so desperate to have the opportunity to tell the correct version of the Dark Phoenix story to tell a movie in which Jean was a hero and the villain and the focus of the film, where you really got in the moral, the emotional. , the psychological complexity of what has happened to his character.

And I did not know if I would be able to do it, but when I wrote Days of the Future Past and reformulated the timeline, it was possible to retell the story of the Dark Phoenix.

I remember that my mind was reeling with possibilities after Days of the future past. And I try not to think too much about the timelines of the X-Men movies because my brain explodes.
I have an idea of ​​what timelines are and I can guide people through them, but there is certainly a slackness in them that we have tried over the years