– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The X-Men franchise has certainly had its ups and downs. For every two good movies, they tend to have at least one bad one, and in this generation of films, X-Men: Apocalypse was that bad one.

But what was the reason behind it being the bad one. It had the original cast, along with the same talented core creative team as its stellar predecessor, X-Men: Days of Future Past. So why did this one go bad? Well, speaking to EW, director Simon Kinberg pretty much said they’d lost sight of what audiences really enjoyed about these movies.

Here are his actual words:

“I think we took our eye off what has always been the bedrock of the franchise which is these characters. It became about global destruction and visual effects over emotion and character.”

Producer Hutch Parker also had some choice words to add:

“It’s always dangerous if your script is evolving while you’re shooting. Certainly, in hindsight, we all feel like the genre has been evolving aesthetically and tonally and that the film didn’t. There’s a lot that I think is very good in the film but, as a whole, it was struggling to find ways to coalesce, narratively emotionally and in terms of plot. Aesthetically, it felt sort of dated relative to an evolution you were seeing play out everywhere else. We learned a lot from that.”

On the bright side, it does sound like they very much understand the importance of character in this franchise. There has been growing concern with X-Men: Dark Phoenix that we wouldn’t care enough about the characters for the events in it to have any impact.

With the filmmakers now understanding the big shortcomings of that film, let’s hope that they’re able to make a film with real heart that makes Jean Grey’s Phoenix powers all the more heartbreaking.

“One of the things I went into this film wanting to do is obviously focus on the characters and give them real emotions to play and come up with a theme that would make it feel relevant and necessary in today’s world,” Kinberg said.

The result seems to be a more grounded one than Apocalypse.

What do you think of Kinberg and Hutcher’s comments? Do you think they’ve nailed it? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.