We are now living in the age of superhero films, with Marvel and DC making millions at the box office. The Avengers are now a household name, and thanks to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we'll soon be seeing the Justice League on the silver screen too. But there is one superhero team not doing so well at the cinema: The #FantasticFour.
There have now been four less than fantastic films. A low budget film was produced by New Horizon Studios in 1994 that didn't even get officially released before 20th Century Fox took over 10 years later in 2004 and made two films, Fantastic Four in 2005 and a sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007.
Despite a combined total of just over (US) $618 million worldwide, the films were negatively received and a third Fantastic Four film and a Silver Surfer spin-off film were cancelled as a result. In 2009, #Fox announced a reboot and released Fantastic Four in 2015. Again, it was negatively received and the scheduled sequel was removed from Fox's upcoming slate of films.
It's now looking like yet another reboot is in store for the Fantastic Four, and whether or not Fox decides to start again on their own or work together with Marvel Studios (please be the latter) it needs to be good; it needs to live up to the name Fantastic Four. There is one man who I think would be perfect for the job of redeeming #Marvel's first family.
Now, I assume you've heard of him as you are on quite a nerdy site reading about the Fantastic Four, but just incase you don't know the name you will have definitely heard of his films, Bird has directed and written the animated films The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, and directed the live-action films Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland.
Now, even though Brad Bird has primarily worked in animation, a lot of his films have elements of what could make the Fantastic Four great. Let's start with the obvious; The Incredibles. Many people jokingly say that The Incredibles is the best Fantastic Four film due to the similar power sets and family dynamic. That's exactly why he would be perfect for directing a Fantastic Four film. The Incredibles was even set in an alternative 1960s and some fans have expressed interest in a '60s period piece Fantastic Four film in keeping with the time they were created.
The Fantastic Four comic has also included many science fiction themes over the years — a genre Brad Bird is well versed in — and a lot of these same things have appeared in the Fantastic Four comics. Brad Bird's work with space, robots, aliens, crazy technology and parallel dimensions all fit into the Fantastic Four narrative.
Brad Bird's live-action directorial work shows he's capable too, as Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol shows he can direct a large team of people and Tomorrowland shows he can direct films with heavy use of green screen and special effects. If #MarvelStudios does take over the Fantastic Four property, Brad Bird already has a close relationship with Disney, as he has worked with Pixar and adapted Disneyland's Tomorrowland into a film.
Check out his work on the heart-pounding action in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol:
The Fantastic Four have had four films and they are all mediocre, they are a great superhero team and we need, no, we deserve to see that on the big screen. I think Brad Bird is the man to do it.
How do you feel about Brad Bird directing a Fantastic Four movie?