Want to see what’s coming in the final four episodes of Agents of SHIELD season six? Did you notice the menacing message in the Young Justice episode titles? Ready for a new Watchmen trailer this weekend? What did some Spider-Man: Far From Home deleted scenes provide for MJ? Who is the first character inducted into the Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
What comic duo is reuniting for a new Batman comic? Want to see Supergirl‘s new outfit and haircut for the fifth season? How many pieces does it take to build a life-size LEGO Iron Man statue? Want to see Michael B. Jordan‘s impressive weapons training for Black Panther? When is Dark Phoenix coming to home video? Want to see a Batman: Hush animated movie clip? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 by Fred Topel
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner spoke with /Film in anticipation of next week’s premiere of the final season of FX’s Legion. We’ll bring you the full Q&A with Shuler Donner, who produced all the X-Men films and was hands on through all of the films up to Days of Future Past, before the premiere.
During the interview, Shuler Donner offered some updates on the X-Men films and two stage adaptations of films she produced, Dave and The Secret Life of Bees. Here’s what she had to say about her projects outside of Legion.
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It’s a cruel summer at the box office this year. Avengers: Endgame may have started off the blockbuster season with loads of cash and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum may be surpassing its predecessors on the charts with great success, but most of the other sequels are crashing and burning spectacularly. And despite topping the box office this past weekend, Men in Black International is another one of those disappointments.
The Men in Black International box office debuted with only $28.5 million from a whopping 4,224 screens. That’s massively disappointing, especially since it’s a record-low opening for the Men in Black franchise. It’s even below what analysts expected for the movie, showing that audiences aren’t attracted to summer movies simply because they have previously established intellectual property involved. Read More »
Remember Dark Phoenix? It came out a week ago, but the latest X-Men movie already feels like a thing of a past, primarily because audiences didn’t flock to the film like previous entries in the franchise. Why did Dark Phoenix underperform? Perhaps fans were sick and tired of the franchise’s incredibly confusing continuity. Simply put, the X-Men timeline makes absolutely no sense. But that didn’t stop Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg from trying to explain it.
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The Dark Phoenix apology tour continues as the cast of the abysmally-performing film try to pique our interests with a hypothetical “what could’ve been’s.”
Director Simon Kinberg got the ball rolling last week by teasing details of the original ending, which apparently shared more similarities with the plot of Captain America: Civil War than the Captain Marvel-esque ending that ultimately made it to the big screen. Now star Tye Sheridan, who plays Cyclops in the film, revealed some of the details of that original climax, which involved, among other things, the shape-shifting Skrull aliens and a big battle in New York. Hmm, sounds a bit familiar…
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We’ve noticed an interesting trend in recent years. Anytime a big movie arrives with the stink of failure all over it, a trade publication will release a story with anonymous sources close to the production pointing fingers, trying to explain what went wrong. It happened with The Mummy reboot. It happened with the Hellboy reboot. And now it’s happening with Dark Phoenix, the last (?) of Fox’s X-Men films. Latest estimates suggest Dark Phoenix is going to lose $100 million at the box office, and no one wants to take the blame for that sort of fiasco. Sure enough, a new piece details some of the Dark Phoenix production problems, indicating that many parties are attempting damage control.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, learn about all the Easter eggs you missed when you weren’t seeing Dark Phoenix last weekend. Plus, watch as Chris Hemsworth and Tom Holland playfully interview each other in a Men in Black International and Spider-Man: Far From Home cross-promotion, and listen to Jon Hamm break down some of his most memorable characters from film and television. Read More »
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Reshoots aren’t always a death knell for a blockbuster movie, but in the case of Dark Phoenix, they certainly made for a rebirth of sorts. The newly-released X-Men film notoriously underwent lengthy reshoots that drastically changed the movie’s climax. But more than changing the setting of a big battle, Dark Phoenix tweaked its ending to something that would appeal more to fans who had just flocked to Marvel Studios’ other cosmically powered female superhero. But according to director Simon Kinberg, the Dark Phoenix original ending actually resembled a different Marvel movie.
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In Dark Phoenix, the weight of the film is placed on legacy. It is, after all, the capper for a nearly two decade-old franchise that helped catapult the superhero genre to the world-dominating standing it enjoys today. But ultimately, the only legacy of this corner of the X-Men franchise may be its wasted cast.
Longtime X-Men writer Simon Kinberg takes the directing reins for the final installment of the superhero series which started with the seminal X-Men. Back when X-Men debuted back in 2000, the superhero genre was still relatively untested, with successes like Richard Donner’s Superman and Tim Burton’s Batman film written off as exceptions rather than the norm. With a budget of only $75 million, X-Men was forced to tone down the superheroics and lean on intimate character moments — setting the standard somewhat for comic book films as character dramas with action sequences wedged in-between. Kinberg, who wrote the third film in the original X-Men trilogy, The Last Stand, brings Dark Phoenix back to those character drama roots, scaling back the stakes and giving prominence to emotional beats and tense dialogue exchanges filmed in extreme close-up.
This might’ve worked if not for the embarrassingly bad script and the apathetic performances of its talented cast who have long checked out of this franchise.
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