It appears the disastrous box office performance of Dark Phoenix may have a played a role in Sony and Disney’s decision to cease co-producing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man films.
Earlier this week, fans learned Disney and Sony opted to no longer collaborate on Tom Holland Spider-Man films after the latter rejected the House of Mouse’s 50/50 co-financing stake proposal. Now, a report by Variety reveals some industry analysts are pointing to Dark Phoenix‘s poor box office performance as one of the reasons Disney and Sony could not reach an agreement to continue their Spider-Man partnership.
Released in June, Fox’s Dark Phoenix concluded its theatrical run with a total of $65 million domestically and resulted in the lower-than-expected earnings for The Walt Disney Company, which completed its acquisition of 20th Century Fox earlier this year. According to an insider, Disney was partly motivated to cease negotiations with Sony to continue co-producing Spider-Man films with Tom Holland because the company wanted Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to focus his efforts on the properties that were acquired in the Fox deal.
The outlet reports an individual familiar with Walt Disney Studios said co-chairman Alan Bergman insisted the negotiations with Sony come to an end after Dark Phoenix proved to be a box office disaster. However, the report also notes that another insider disputes the claim that Dark Phoenix factored into Bergman’s decision to cease talks with Sony.
As it stands, Sony is reportedly planning two more Spider-Man films with Tom Holland in the role. However, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe unless Disney and Sony can reach an agreement on new terms to continue their partnership.
In the meantime, Dark Phoenix will be available on Digital HD starting September 3rd, 2019, followed by a 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD release on September 17th. Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the situation between Sony and Disney as well as Tom Holland’s future as Spider-Man.
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".
Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.
Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.