X-Men: Dark Phoenix is definitely a film to keep an eye out for this year. While X-Men: Apocalypse greatly disappointing audiences, it seems that writer-producer — and now director — Simon Kinberg learned a lot from that experience, and is determined to make this film one for the ages.
Of course, when all said and done, it’s natural for us as audiences to be a bit skeptical. After all, this is Kinberg’s first directorial effort. Who’s to say he’ll have what it takes, even though he is a huge producer. At the end of the day, what it takes to be a director is completely different from what it takes to be a producer, so there was no guarantee it would work.
Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, actor Evan Peters (who plays Quicksilver) had nothing but praise for Kinberg — and then he went and low-key revealed that Hans Zimmer would be scoring the flick.
“[The set] was actually very tame. Simon directed this one, and came in very prepared, very professional. It was a different energy on set and everything got done like clockwork. It was very seamless. Everybody was a little bit more level-headed, so it was a very pleasurable, light experience. I think the film is gonna be incredible. Hans Zimmer’s scoring it—I don’t know if I was supposed to say that or not. Simon has surrounded himself with incredible people, and Simon knows this world better than anybody, so it was just cool to see him—he’s so happy and in his element in that world, and also being able to direct and guide everybody in this way. I was very happy for him and I think it’s gonna be great.”
It’s great to hear that Kinberg’s directing is resulting in a positive on-set energy. We can imagine that it’s quite the difference following Bryan Singer’s reportedly unpredictable behavior. But let’s talk about Hans Zimmer.
Those who have been following Zimmer know that the composer officially “retired” from scoring superhero films after Batman v Superman. It is a bit odd that we’re seeing him score yet another one so soon after he stated he was done, but such is the way in this business.
But what could have brought Zimmer into this project? Perhaps he found something unique about this tale that the others he worked on didn’t have, or maybe he just needed some of the superhero movie money? We may never know.