If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again looks like it could be the motto for the X-Men film franchise. The lacklustre box office for the distinctly average X-Men: Apocalypse hasn’t put Fox off producing further films based on Marvel’s merry mutants, and it seems that hints about the direction of the next film – in the climax of Apocalypse and by director Bryan Singer on the Blu-ray commentary for the film – that the series will be taking another stab at the Dark Phoenix saga could be true.
Yep, that’s right: the epic X-Men comic book story in which Jean Grey becomes the stupidly powerful Phoenix, turns evil, destroys an alien planet, is “cured” by Professor X, but then put on trial for her crimes by an alien council and ends up killing herself to save the universe from the darkness inside her. Yes, the same Dark Phoenix saga the franchise has cocked up once already in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Why do we think that? Well, as ComicBook.com reports, there has been a mysterious film called X-Men: Supernova listed on production sites such as Production Weekly and My Entertainment Earth for a while now. Now, this could have been a code name for the New Mutants spin-off film (which has a character called Sunspot) but this was already beginning to seem less and less likely when suddenly the latest update to Production Weekly not only makes the case that X-Men: Supernova is a separate film from X-Men: The New Mutants, but that is has a working title of “Dark Phoenix”.
This isn’t conclusive proof, but all the signs seem to be pointing that way. So it looks like the franchise may try and correct the mistakes it made with Last Stand.
While Singer will probably not be directing the next X-Men film, his comments on the Apocalypse Blu-ray make it clear that he’s been involved in breaking the story for it, and he gives strong hint that the film would take the X-Men into space. This certainly fits in with better with the original comic book Dark Phoenix saga.
And the whole X-Men movie continuity is so screwed up anyway, anything is possible.