Perhaps it says something that the "gritty" approach to superhero movies favored by the #DC Extended Universe and certain facets of the Fox-#Marvel Universe have rarely been successful, but there's one in particular that sticks out as the worst of the worst of the bunch. This accolade goes to 2015's ill conceived Fantastic Four reboot — or Fan4stic if you're Fox's marketing team.
The rumor that the two of the three awful #FantasticFour outings were created by Fox in a grab to retain the rights to the characters — lest they should revert to Marvel Studios where, god forbid, they may actually make a half decent movie — is no secret, and the sloppy approach shows throughout the franchise.
The most recent attempt — which featured a cast of up and coming actors tackling a younger take on the characters — was intended to spark a new franchise. Instead, it was rumored that it had killed it. The intended sequel was quietly removed from Fox's release schedules toward the end of 2015, and we were all thankful that we hadn't heard much else about it. Until now.
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In a new Collider interview with Simon Kinberg — producer of multiple films in the #XMen series, and one of the three writers behind the Fantastic Four reboot — the question of the future of the franchise was raised again.
First Kinberg was asked if we'd ever see another cut of the movie, as there was enough interesting alternate footage to suggest that a salvageable cut of Fan4stic could've been made. But from the sounds of it, we'll never see it.
"I don’t know the answer to that in terms of whether or not fans will ever see it. I think B-roll is probably the place where they will see it."
Ah well, live and learn. Or — apparently not:
"And for us, it’s in the past in the sense of lessons learned and we would love to make another 'Fantastic Four' movie. We really believe in that cast, and I think the lessons that we learned would help us make a more consistent movie than we did the first time."
And when asked what the situation was regarding the rights, Kinberg responded:
"I have no idea. I think the truth is we would not make another Fantastic Four movie until it was ready to be made. One of the lessons we learned on that movie is that we want to make sure we get it 100% right, because we will not get another chance with the fans."
The problem is not with the cast, as Kinberg points out. Because not even the really decent cast could save the terrible writing, questionable direction and confusing editing that was the mess job of #Fan4stic. And the problem now is that this cast will always be tied to the failure of the movie, and locked into the disappointment of those characters and that backstory.
If we ever do see another Fantastic Four movie from Fox, likely it will be another clean slate. New cast, new writer, new director, new story. And when will it be ready to be made? Not for a good few years, until the sting of the last attempt has died down or been forgotten on the scrapheap of failed superhero movies.
Kinberg is correct in one facet though, when it comes to Marvel's First Family, Fox isn't going to get another chance to screw it up with the fans.
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