Obviously, the big news from FOX today was that we are finally, definitely, 100% getting a Deadpool movie, and the squees were echoing off the walls of geeky homes everywhere. However, there was another little bit of superhero-movie news from the studio that got a little lost in the excitement of the Merc with a Mouth: Fantastic Four is being pushed back.
The reboot of the franchise was originally scheduled for release on June 19th next year, but it was announced that it will actually be coming to theaters at the end of the summer season, on August 7th.
It's not the kind of huge move that would signal some kind of issue with the project, instead, I feel that this is a very smart decision on the part of the studio in terms of placing the film to succeed.
For one thing, [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) will be opening the summer with a May release, and it is definitely wise to choose not to pit Fantastic Four against that one! Age of Ultron will undoubtedly be the biggest hit of the year, and will probably remain in theaters throughout the summer. As a reboot (and one which has not had anywhere near the amount of promo as Avengers), Fantastic Four would be squashed by the Marvel juggernaut.
[Ant-Man](movie:9048) is also due to come out next year (although with all the issues surrounding the project in the past, I wouldn't be surprised if there were changes to that date) and while it's a much riskier film with a smaller potential fanbase, it may still appeal more than a rebooted franchise. If the Fantastic Four movie had kept it's original release date, it would have fallen right in between the two, and deciding to move it to a later date is a very smart move.
While Avengers and Ant-Man are the two biggest competitors for the Fantastic Four movie, there are many other action films coming out toward the beginning of the summer; [Jurassic World](movie:32752), [Mad Max: Fury Road](movie:41445), and Pixels all appeal to the same demographic, and all come out between May and July.
Clearly, FOX has taken a look at this line-up, and decided that they would rather risk a date that is a little later than the traditional summer release, instead of try and go up against two Marvel movies and a slew of other action films. It could be seen as a risky move, but I think it will work. After all, this year showed us that a later release date can still have huge box office success.
Not that I'm suggesting that Fantastic Four will have anywhere near the success that Guardians of the Galaxy did, but it stands a better chance of doing well at the end of the season, and I want every superhero/comic book movie to do well, just so I can see more of them!