X-Men: Dark Phoenix might have been a huge flop at the box office, but director Simon Kinberg still considers the film an intense and dramatic entry in the X-Men film series, calling the film the "Dark Knight" of the franchise.
Speaking in an interview with the Associated Press, the director makes bold claims about the film, hyping up fans for the release of the final entry in Fox's X-Men film series.
"In many ways this is the Dark Knight of the X-Men series. It's the most intense, most dramatic, I would say also most intimate and personal, and you have at the same time epic X-Men movie we've ever made," Kinberg says, "We treated this with a level of psychological, moral, emotional complexity that we haven't fully seen from maybe from any of these films before."
It's pretty wild for Kinberg to compare Dark Phoenix to The Dark Knight. The director's film is one of the most poorly rated entries in the X-Men film franchise, and right now Dark Phoenix is trudging along at the box office. Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight on the other hand was a critically acclaimed comic book movie, often times considered one of the greatest superhero films ever made in Hollywood history. The film even won several awards for acting, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor which was awarded posthumously to Heath Ledger.
While Dark Phoenix definitely cannot be compared to Nolan's second Batman movie, it's possible that Kinberg envisioned a similar feel to the Dark Knight. Reports say that Kinberg originally wanted to make Dark Phoenix into a two-part movie featuring the Skrulls, however, the film was rushed and forced to change its direction.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently screening in cinemas.