Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) is the main antagonist of the 1993 sci-fi cult classic action film Demolition Man. He is the most crazed and dangerous psychopathic criminal of the 20th century, and only the toughest cop could be a match for him.
Phoenix was wanted for many crimes including theft, kidnapping, robbery, and murder. He declared his own kingdom in South Central within Los Angeles, having all other street gangs, drug dealers, and even some murderers under his control.
In his last crime in 1996, he made 30 people hostage for trespassing at his building, LAPD officer Detective John Spartan took Phoenix into custody but not before he set alight tanks of C4, they both escaped the building before it was blown to pieces. Phoenix was found guilty of the murders and condemned. But Spartan too was wrongly accused of killing the civilians for not taking enough care when arresting Phoenix, and the two were instead frozen in a cryogenic chamber.
36 years later, society has changed drastically, with San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles being merged in one large so-called utopia named San Angeles. Phoenix and John are reanimated in 2032 to find mainstream society changed and all crime seemingly eliminated – a paradise for people like Phoenix.
Demolition Man was directed by Marco Brambilla in his directorial debut. It stars Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, Denis Leary, Jack Black, Rob Schneider, Bill Cobbs, and Troy Evans.
Demolition Man is a quintessential ’90s action movie that still has us wondering how the hell you use those three seashells. Some aspects of the film allude to Aldous Huxley’s 1932 dystopian novel Brave New World. its an interesting choice for an action film, pairing Snipes and Stallone was great due to both actors having the charisma to bring the film to life. The futuristic setting is well designed withg some clever set-piece chases and skirmishes. With a sly sense of humor, it rounds out a very solid effort.
“The museum is no longer sealed, is it? Ha-ha! What can I say? I’m a blast from the past!”
– Simon Phoenix
Here is a tidbit for you, the role of Phoenix was also offered to Jackie Chan, but he turned it down, not wanting to play a villainous character.
Sylvester Stallone recently confirmed that Demolition Man 2 is in the works. Stallone made the revelatory statement in a rather casual manner during a Q&A on his Instagram, answering a fan’s question about a potential Demolition Man sequel with a surprisingly potent—albeit brief—reveal of the project’s apparent position on the studio’s backlog.