Dark Phoenix, now X-Men: Dark Phoenix if you plan on buying the Blu-ray, was not a success and is considered by many to be the worst X-Men movie out there. The fact that it’s the second movie adaptation of Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s comic book masterpiece is sad since this amazing story deserves so much better. While Claremont has said nice things about the movie, he feels that there is a better way to adapt his amazing story; a mini-series ala Game of Thrones.
Speaking with ComicBookMovie, Claremont stated that he would like to see a mini-series that shows how Jean Grey becomes Phoenix, showing her rise and fall ala her codename. We all want to see the story done properly; even those of us that have bought the graphic novel multiple times.
Here’s what Claremont said about his dream Dark Phoenix adaptation:
One of the things that Simon achieved in this film is he made you fall for her, he made you feel her pain as she goes through the yin and yang of “Oh my gosh I’ve got this great power. Oh my God, what have I done to Mystique?” She gets swept up in the passion as she gets seduced by the D’Bari. It’s a roller coaster, but being that it’s a feature film, it’s a very intense, but very short roller coaster and what I’d like to do - the reason I talk in terms of a TV series, for example - is I want to stretch it out. I want to prolong the commitment of the audience and the agony they feel.
Personally, I really want to see a good adaptation of The Dark Phoenix Saga, which really was an epic X-Men storyline. It’s a genuinely good story that manages to balance superhero action with some high-quality drama, so it’s a shame that these movies haven’t been able to capture that feeling. Hopefully, now that Marvel Studios can make X-Men movies, we see this story done properly in the future.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.