Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot hit the box office with a thud this weekend, dead on arrival as foretold by a readily apathetic internet contingency that eagerly dismissed the film before it even headed into production. Following Tim Story’s disastrous previous outings in 2005 and 2007, it seemed no one was interested in another reboot, even from the studio that’s found recent success — both critical and commercial — with the X-Men franchise. Maybe there’s just no good way to make a Fantastic Four movie.
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Fantastic Four was the subject of bad buzz before it even started shooting. No one outside of the higher-ups at 20th Century Fox wanted this movie. The internet hated it from the moment it was announced. Then came the various delays. And the massive reshoots. And the toxic reviews and a disastrous press tour. It all climaxed when director Josh Trank joined the chorus of critics, effectively shooting down his own movie. And yet, everyone assumed the film would still open okay because that’s what superhero movies, even the bad ones, tend to do. Well, not this time.
Long before anyone knew how bad Fantastic Four really was (currently at 9% on Rotten Tomatoes), Fox had floated the idea of an X-Men vs. Fantastic Four movie, or at least some crossover event featuring the superheroes from both teams. X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer even commented, saying, “Those ideas are in play. That would be a natural match-up because they’re both ensemble films and there is a natural mechanism by which to do it.” Hey, it worked for Marvel and DC, right? Well, know that Fox knows they have a stinker on their hands, those plans might be completely done.
Many films are total disasters behind the scenes, but few of them have been as public as that of Fantastic Four. This is a production that began with rumors of its director getting fired. This is a production that was still enduring reshoots as of last month. This is a production whose press tour saw its stars getting defensive in advance of the reviews because they knew that the critical reaction would be negative. And it turns that everyone disappointed that Fantastic Four stinks have a noteworthy ally in director Josh Trank himself.
Here’s the thing about this Fantastic Four movie: it was supposed to be horrible. This movie has been riding an almost unprecedented level of bad buzz since earlier this year. Strangely, it seems to have started over literally nothing. Fans were upset they hadn’t seen anything official from the movie and began to suspect it stunk. Then, depending on who you talk to, the director was fired, the actors were upset and the script was a mess. But, the days of speculation are over and none of that bad buzz matters any more; there’s an actual film that can be judged on its own merits. Sadly, Fantastic Four, on its own merits, is still horrible.
Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know! With their new movie launching this week, we're taking a look at Marvel's first family, the Fantastic Four. Find out the probably apocryphal origin of the Fantastic Four, the way more than four team members the team has had in its history, and the origin of the Thing's team-up with Fred Flintstone, as well as several other equally interesting facts.
The internet hasn’t been friendly with Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four since day one and with the movie opening in less than a week, everyone still seems pretty baffled by it. What is this movie? What really went on behind the scenes? Is it good? Can it be good? And why does Deadpool pop up at the end of this new extended trailer?
2005’s Fantastic Four might not have been a critical or popular success, but it’s still notable for a few reasons. It was the first time Marvel’s First Family made it to the big-screen (though they came close one time before). It features a possible instance of super-villain full-frontal nudity in a PG-13 movie. And it also includes maybe the most egregious and shameless scene of product placement in more than a century of Hollywood history.
You may believe that 2005's Fantastic Four was the first time the quartet of superheroes appeared in a movie — you would be wrong. Back in 1994, cult director Roger Corman delivered his own adaptation based on Marvel’s first family, but Corman’s The Fantastic Four never made it to the big screen. It was never released on home video, either. A new mashup trailer combines footage from Corman’s lost film with the voiceover from the trailer for the new reboot, making a case for why the former should see the light of day.
As skeptical as many fans rightfully have been about Josh Trank’s reboot of Fantastic Four, there’s something sort of appealing about the film’s aesthetic and tone from the various teasers and trailers. In keeping with 20th Century Fox’s recent X-Men films, Fantastic Four looks as though it walks the line between the fun, vibrant world of the MCU and the grittier, stylized approach of Zack Snyder’s DCU.