“Dark Phoenix” Director Takes Responsibility for the Film’s Reception

Sophie Turner stars as Jean Grey/Phoenix in "Dark Phoenix," 2019. Photo by D Gregory/20th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock (10102959g)

Dark Phoenix did not rise as expected.

The latest release in the X-Men franchise may have had a heavyweight like Sophie Turner as its headliner, but the film failed to please critics and audiences, raking in only $33 million during its opening weekend.

While the box office results have been a disappointment to producers of the Marvel-Disney collaboration, director Simon Kinberg is acknowledging its faults.

The feature marked Kinberg’s directorial debut, and he also wrote the screenplay, though the entire third act was changed following poor test screenings.

“It clearly is a movie that didn’t connect with audiences that didn’t see it, it didn’t connect enough with audiences that did see it. So that’s on me,” the filmmaker told KCRW’s The Business.

However, Kinberg still enjoyed the process of making the movie, which also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Jessica Chastain.

“I loved making the movie, and I loved the people I made the movie with,” he said.

Kinberg’s next directing venture will be 355, where he will again team up with Chastain.