Director Alex Kurtzman is defending the Dark Universe and hyping The Bride of Frankenstein as his film The Mummy opens to mixed audience reactions and poor reviews domestically. In late 2015, Universal Pictures started putting together in earnest what recently became known as its Dark Universe, rebooting classic monster movie titles made famous by the likes of screen legends Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, Jr, yet setting the characters in a shared universe.

The first film out of the gate, of course, is an update of Karloff’s 1932 classic The Mummy – starring Tom Cruise with Sofia Boutella in the titular role – and the reception has been less than …

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