Sunday, May 15, 2016

Do We Really Need Another Fantastic Four?

How many times can this dejected comic book series be adapted?

I do not read comic books but I can dig comic book films, provided they don’t look like complete failures. So far, the Marvel comic series Fantastic Four has produced three films and not a single one has even hinted at something I’d be interested in seeing.

But after last summer’s shit-show of Fant4stic, which not only managed to piss a bunch of fans off even more but also lose the studio a lot of movie, producer Simon Kinberg wants another bite at this festering apple of a series.

Telling Den of Geek! that the much maligned property is still in play at Fox, Kinberg offers a bit of a mea culpa and a desire to continue with the present cast:

“I think we made many mistakes when we made that movie - mistakes that we learned from and we wouldn’t repeat.
I think we tried to make a darker Fantastic Four movie, which seemed like a radical idea but we were kind of messing with the DNA of the actual comic instead of trusting the DNA of the comic.”

Among the myriad of complaints about the Josh Trank-directed horror show was that the film is a complete misunderstanding of the comic’s inherently light and fun atmosphere. This was jettisoned for a “dark and gritty” origin story that failed to connect with anyone leading to horrendous reviews and a pitiful box office return.

Whereas Sony took the smart route after their failure in the Spider-Man series and handed the reigns back to Marvel, Fox seems determined to forge ahead, hoping to realize some of the successes that Marvel has had with their films.

But at this point, do even FF fans care? Can this franchise be salvaged even if it returned to its rightful owners? Marvel is almost certainly the best to understand and respect the tone and feel of their series but after a decade of under performing, Marvel’s first family may be best on the sidelines.