Fox Executive Says The Disney Merger Is Hurting ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

X-Men Dark Phoenix Marvel Fox MCUSeveral Fox marketing and distribution executives have recently come forward and spoken out on the rarified air surrounding the new X-Men film, Dark Phoenix, days before the Fox-Disney merger takes place.

According to several testimonies picked up by Vanity Fair, the Fox team working on X-Men: Dark Phoenix is freaking out over the silence around the Fox-Disney merger and how it will eventually harm the film’s release on June later this year. One Fox Executive told the magazine that they weren’t meeting deadlines and the uncertainty must be terrible for the filmmakers attached to the film:

“We know when we are dropping a trailer, but we are nowhere near where we should be at this time. It’s frightening. I would be mad if I were a filmmaker.”

Another person stated that they didn’t know if they would even have a job still after the film releases:

“What’s not normal is the elephant in the room, which is that most people there are not going to be the people that are still in the job when the movie opens.”

Lastly, a Fox marketing executive rounded up their statements saying that all-in-all, no one is telling them anything about their future:

“Nobody has come around and said, ‘This is what’s going on.’ Why can’t they just tell us that there is no place for us? Why can’t they let anyone know? We are not leaving because we didn’t make money for the company or we did a bad job. We are leaving because of pure capitalism.”

The truth of the matter is that Fox and Disney are very close to sealing their multibillion-dollar merger and until the deal is struck, authorities in both parties may be reluctant to reveal future plans for their franchises, job cuts or even strategies involving short term releases like X-Men: Dark Phoenix or the many times delayed New Mutants, which seem to rely only on their promotional inertia at the moment. Unfortunately, the teams around these franchises will have to wait a little bit longer for them to know their fate. Although X-Men: Dark Phoenix seems to be standing by its release date, it’s rumored that New Mutants could be released on Hulu or even Disney+.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain. Here’s the film’s synopsis:

“In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.”

Dark Phoenix is set to hit theaters on June 7, 2019.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the X-Men.

Source: Vanity Fair

Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’

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Batman Ben Affleck Matt ReevesBen Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.

Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.

Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.

In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.

Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender X-Men

Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.

Ben Barnes

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Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.

Ryan Gosling

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I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm Mad Men

Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.

Richard Madden

Richard Madden Bodyguard

Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.

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  • DanShaw

    I mean, duh. Regardless of advertising, the merger is hurting the movie cuz lots of people don’t care about it anymore now we know the X-Men will be rebooted in a few years. Plus many comic fans think the movie looks like an enormous letdown, like they say Last Stand was. So, again, duh.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      go away troll

      • Rick Stevenson

        How is he a troll? He’s saying what pretty much everyone is saying: the movie looks bad, and it doesn’t matter long-term anyways because the X-Men will be rebooted into the MCU.

        • Nahuel Benvenuto

          No, that is his unfounded opinion

        • Antonius Robertus

          You claim that the production value is generally considered bad is truly unfounded.

    • Antonius Robertus

      Those people are not comic fans.

  • john

    I think fox entertainment can do great with the Phoenix Saga

    • The build up for this pheonix saga should have been the focal point of a trilogy. They have a cameo appearance of Jean and the Pheonix in the end of apocalypse, but then we go straight into Jean is bad and needs to be handled with… There is so much other storyline elements that are being ignored that it makes it like xmen3 where they skip important variables at play like the hellfire club, which would have been a great place to show off emma frost. My sinister is another one. Im not saying they should be Jam packing all these characters and stories into one movie, but that is why this type of story should have been a trilogy in itself. Fox failed to see the big picture of what they had. They didn’t even need any avenger properties from Disney because they have the shi’ar empire, their own alien race. People thought introducing aliens would be a lot, but then they would be targeting an audience outside of their core fans which is how white males felt with Brie Larson in Captain Marvel.

  • Nipple_Effect

    They chose the wrong actress for Jean. She is purdy but a terrible mousy actress.

  • Jason Forthsight

    Good I hope the merger slows their ability to release Marvel movies. There’s too many and it’s causing a complete drain on Hollywood to make original movies that aren’t based on comics. We don’t need 20 movies and shows a year that all have the same plot progression.

    • D May

      Considering marvel puts out maybe three movies a year when there are hundreds released annually, your statement is factually incorrect.

      • Jason Forthsight

        Factor in made-for Netflix/Hulu movies and TV shows and you’re well over that.

        It’s also hyperbole, the fact that nowadays to understand the full plot of a Marvel movie, you have to have watched 7 other movies that came before is nonsensical.

  • Darthmanwe

    There’s a very good reason why those anti trust laws exist.

    And why the multibillion dollar global corporations are lobbying so hard to erase them.

    This is what happens when it doesn’t work.

  • Red Papi

    Whats with the complaints now. It’s well over a year that the merger was announced. When a new company is bought out, changes are made and its better to prepare yourself to either be brought in or look for another job. If they are waiting to the last minute just to see if Disney is going to bring them own with no plan B then that’s on them. They were not doing a good job with X-men movies.

  • deevo.

    X-Men is ripe for reboot. DP just seems like a last gasp at this point. Plus I was getting VERY tired of Fox’s incomprehensible focus on Mystique. Trust me- when Marvel reboots the X-Men ( and you know they will) Mystique will NOT be the Queen of the X-Men.