Josh Trank's long awaited The Fantastic Four was finally released to abhorrent reviews. Currently sitting at a miserable 8% on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has been panned by both critics and fans alike. Matters worsened when upon release day, Trank felt the need to tweet out an almost admission that the film would be awful. The tweet lamented the fact he could not show the film he had envisioned the prior year.
However, there may be some truth in his statement. It's no secret that Josh Trank is a talented filmmaker, with Chronicle already under his belt. With what looked to be at first an impressive (and gutsy) ensemble for Fantastic Four, fans had high hopes.
Now, for the first time, early concept art from what appears to be the early Josh Trank version has surfaced online and quite frankly it's stunning. Appearing on Steve Jung's Facebook page, the visual artist captioned the set of photos with the below:
Might as well show some work from this movie called Fantastic Four lol. I was on this one early on before all the drama happened... none of my work made it to the movie (kinda glad) since it got changed many times after I left the project. Exploration of the Planet Zero and Victor's castle ideations. Btw the texture of the terrain is cigarette buds from a picture of the director's ashtray.
Check out the images below, for at least an insight into what a true Josh Trank Fantastic Four may have looked like. Would fans have loved this version more? It's hard to think how they could hate the current version any more...
As mentioned above, the artwork portrays an alternative Planet Zero and imaginings of Victor's castle. Jung's version is a beautiful blue-green palette with various smaller planets hovering in the skies. Proving that you can find inspiration from anywhere, the ground's texture is composed of a cigarette bud plethora inspired from Trank's ashtray.
Doctor Doom's Castle
Doctor Dooms' Castle was also given a stunning re-imagining. In what would have been a major hit with fans, it appears that Doom would have had his own base of operations in the alternate dimension rather than in the country of his origin, Latveria. Seeing this on screen would have delighted Marvel audiences, with the castle dominating the landscape.
The Fantastic Four exploring
Finally we are given a wide shot of the Fantastic Four exploring the ruins of what I presume is Dr Dooms castle. Only Dr. Reed is wearing his containment suit, with the other three all at ease with their new found powers. Eerily, this image almost portrays the foursome as walking through the ruins of a film that could have been...
Ultimately, the artwork tells a bittersweet story. The stunning images are a painful reminder of what could have been the Fantastic Four film that audiences so dearly crave. The franchise has long been on it's knees, with Josh Trank's reboot currently being the third iteration of them on screen since their inception. Hope still remains, as Fox have stated their commitment to the franchise even in the face of such damning reviews. Perhaps the The Fantastic Four 2 may yield better results...
Fantastic Four is currently playing in cinemas, directed by Josh Trank and starring Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell.