Back in early 2000s, when superhero movies were still rare success apart from Batman movies, Lauren Shuler Donner helped to create the X-Men franchise from ground up. However, the producer hasn’t taken latest releases of the series kindly. While she has made it clear her stance over latest releases in the series, the director has now distanced herself from Dark Phoenix with a now deleted tweet.
While moviegoers had high expectations from Dark Phoenix, they left the theater disappointed as the movie got torned apart by critics. Although X-Men movies traditionally became box office success despite poor reviews, Dark Phoenix is set to break that trend as the studio is set to lose over $100 million due to poor performances in box office which saw the movie losing to The Secret Life of Pets 2. Regarding the latest failure of Dark Phoenix both critically and commercially, Lauren Shuler Donner turned to twitter as she said, “Save your condolences. I had zero, nothing to do with Dark Phoenix. Or Apocalypse, or New Mutants.”
If you have kept up with the news related to the movie, then you already know that Dark Phoenix went through several reshoots to get itself ready for audience. However, it failed to deliver and fans didn’t like the movie either. At the moment, the movie holds just 22 percent rating in Rotten Tomatoes.
Although disappointing, the most worrying part for Fox would be Donner’s comments on The New Mutants. Given the movie won’t feature any of the iconic characters X-Men fans are familiar with, it’ll be interesting to see how the movie attracts viewers. For example, although Shazam! was loved by both fans and critics, the movie went on to earn $364 million at the box office as DC fans didn’t really know about the character unless they are familiar with the comics.
Most importantly, The New Mutants got delayed for another reshoots. If Donner’s comments are anything to go by, then fans will be set for another disappointment. Given its unlikely that any of the current contents will be relevant going forward after Disney’s recent acquisition of Fox, it’ll be interesting to see how Disney goes ahead with the plans.
Previously, Disney revealed that they aren’t planning on bringing X-Men characters to Marvel Cinematic movies anytime soon. Given that previous Fox owned properties such as Fantastic Four will eventually be integrated into Marvel Cinematic Universe, we will have to wait to find out how Disney plans to do so. Given that original X-Men movies are behind the popularity of current superhero movies, hopefully Fox will have better time with the release of The New Mutants.