The Fantastic Four is dead, right? There is absolutely no way they could make a sequel to a movie that was so detested by critics and fans alike, right? 20th Century Fox cannot possibly consider a follow-up to a film that cost them tens of millions of dollars, right? Now, the verdict is still out on whether or not fans will see a cinematic return for the team of heroes, but when asked by MTV about the future of the franchise, writer/producer, Simon Kinberg, had this to say:
I'm really focused on the next one …We’re figuring out what that movie would be. I do believe there is a great ’Fantastic Four’ movie that we’ve made with that cast. So I’m gonna figure out what that is … I’d like that to happen.
The studio has stuck to its guns on the sequel front, even in the face of its massively disappointing box office performance. But if you were ask Simon Kinberg what was most discouraging to him, personally, about the reboot, you may be surprised by his answer.
I was obviously disappointed. I was most disappointed that fans didn’t like it. I care more about them than I do anyone else. But I haven’t done a full deep dive on it. Do I think it was unfairly treated? I don’t know.
Well, please allow me to answer Kinberg. I do feel that the film was "unfairly treated." Now, i do not think that Fantastic Four was a good film by any stretch, but like many who actually took the time to see it, I enjoyed the first half of the movie. I know some who disliked even the first act of the film and I respect their opinion, but I know many more who hate a movie that they have yet to see.
The hate-train for the Fantastic Four reboot started rolling weeks before the film was even released. I read comments and full-blown articles by fans who merely assumed that the film was going to perform poorly, and naysayers quickly jumped on the bandwagon once word was received about the studios flop. In the history of cinema, I cannot recall a single time when a movie that, frankly nobody saw according to the box office, was as universally reviled as it was.
Am I excited about the possibility of a sequel to Fantastic Four? No. But I reserve the right to make up my own mind if and when the film is released, and I suggest that you all do the same.
For those of you who have actually seen 'Fantastic Four,' what did you think of the film? Do you agree that the first half of the film showed promise, or did you even like the overall movie? Let me know in the comments below and as always, follow me for more news and opinions on your favorite films and television series.