According to various pseudo-psychologists, there are five stages of grief which must be traversed before a person comes out stronger and more well-rounded: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
I'm not sure whereabouts Josh Trank is in relation to the failure of his Fantastic Four reboot, but I'd probably still say he's lingering around the Denial/Anger part. In fact, he might be there for a while. Recently, the director took to Twitter to complain about the studio's interference in his vision for Fantastic Four - essentially blaming them for the catastrophic failure of the movie.
The tweet, which was deleted rapidly afterwards (but captured for posterity by a nimble fingered internet-user) claimed he had a brilliant script that would have lit up Hollywood, however he implies it was somehow vetoed by the powers that be. He stated:
Of course, Trank isn't the first person to ever trash a superhero movie they've worked on, but he probably is the first person to do it before the movie even released. According to The Independent, Trash's little 140 character indiscretion probably cost FOX $10 million on opening night.
Other directors and actors who disowned or subsequently derided their superhero efforts at least waited several months and years before confessing their sins. Dorkly recently trawled through the annals of superhero-dom to find some of them. Let's take a look:
1. Batman & Robin
Rotten Tomatoes: 11%
Box Office: $238,207,122 on a $125 million budget
"I think that since Batman that I've been disinvited from Comic-Con for 20 years. I see the comment section on all you guys. I just met Adam West there [referring to behind the NYCC main stage] and I apologized to him. Sorry about the nipples on the suit. "Freeze, Freeze," I apologize for that."
"I was the problem with Batman & Robin. I never did a sequel to any of my movies, and sequels are only made for one reason: to make more money and sell more toys. I did my job. But I never got my ass in the seat right. There's nobody else to blame but me. I could have said, "No, I'm not going to do it." I just hope whenever I see a list of worst movies ever made, we're not on it. I didn't do a good job."
2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
Box Office: $373,062,864 on a $150 million budget
"I think for whatever reason, there were a number of things working against us at the time in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. We all put our heat and soul into it, I just honestly, when I watched it, I went, 'I still don't feel like we've really delivered my vision of who this character is.'"
3. Green Lantern
Rotten Tomatoes: 26%
Box Office: $219,851,172 on a $200 million budget
"When we shot Green Lantern, nobody auditioning for the role of Green Lantern was given the opportunity to read the script, because the script didn't exist. I'm not complaining about it - it was an opportunity of a lifetime, and if I were to go back and retrace my steps, I would probably do everything the exact same way. But script, that's what's different on this one [referring to Deadpool]."
4. Spider-Man 3
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Box Office: $890,871,626 on a $258 million budget
"I messed up plenty with the third Spider-Man, so people hated me for years - they still hate me for it. It's a movie that just didn't work very well."
Rotten Tomatoes: 44%
Box Office: $179,179,718 on a $78 million budget
"The only movie I actually regret is Daredevil. It just kills me. I love that story, that character, and the fact that it got fucked up the way it did stays with me. Maybe that's part of the motivation to do Batman."
Rotten Tomatoes: 9%
Box Office: $82,102,379 on a $100 million budget
(Upon accepting her Razzie for worst actress) "I want to thank Warner Bros. for casting me in this piece of shit, god-awful movie."
7. Superman Returns
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%
Box Office: $391,081,192 on a budget of $270 million
"It wasn't what it needed to be, I guess. I think I could lop the first quarter off, and start the movie a bit more aggressively and maybe find a way to start the movie with the jet disaster sequence or something. I could have grabbed the audience a little more quickly. I don't know what would have helped. Probably nothing. If I could do it again, I would do an origin. I would reboot it."
8. Iron Man 2
Rotten Tomatoes: 72%
Box Office: $623,933,331 on a budget of $200 million
Robert Downey Jr.
"The first one changed everything for me and with the second Iron Man there were certain aspects that were dissatisfying and disappointing to me."
"When I did Ivan Vanko in Iron Man, I fought… You know, I explained to Justin Theroux, to the writer, and to [Jon] Favreau, that I wanted to bring some other layers and colors [to the character], not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy. And they allowed me to do that. Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up the floor. It's fucking too bad, but it’s their loss. If they want to make mindless comic book movies, then I don’t want to be a part of that."
9. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Rotten Tomatoes: 35%
Box Office: $302,469,017 on a $175 million budget
"Look, I'll be honest. I fucking hate that movie. I hate that movie. I was pushed into doing that movie. From Coach Carter, they signed me to a three-picture deal. They give you the contract and they go, 'Three-picture deal, here you go." As a young actor, you're like, "Oh my god, that sounds amazing. I'm doing that.'"
10. The Punisher
Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Box Office: $54,700,105 on a $33 million budget
"The strengths of The Punisher that I did lie in the reality that we were able to bring to the character and the weaknesses of The Punisher I did were all based on people trying to make this a 'comic book movie' - with funny characters and goofball shit that has no place in a Punisher film."
11. Thor: The Dark World
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Box Office: $644,783,140 on a budget of $170 million
"I was like, ‘This is torture, man. I don’t want to do this.’ My agent said: ‘You have to, it’s part of the deal.’ I’m actually falling down from a spaceship, so they had to put me in harness in this green-screen studio. And in between takes I was stuck there, fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this fucking helmet, while they reset. And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela.’ … Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out."