By now, the box office bomb of The Fantastic Four has taken on almost mythic proportions, but after a proper period of mourning, both people involved with the project and others have started to speak about the failure. Some, like cast member Kate Mara, had a sense of humor about it. Others, like Fox superhero family member Ryan Reynolds, had a more thoughtful take.
In a lengthy interview with GQ, the Deadpool actor had an interesting take on the failure, namely how it might unfairly affect the careers of certain cast members unfairly:
But I’m more frustrated about the Michael B. Jordan aspect than Miles Teller. You know, Miles Teller's gonna recover. Miles Teller's gonna go on to do amazing things, you know. It's important that Michael B. Jordan continues to go on and do amazing things.
I know it's not easy for a black actor. It's not easy for a female actor. It's not easy for a lot of people that are... That entire cast is amazingly talented. And I wouldn't wish that on anybody. I mean, I know what that feels like. It doesn't feel good. And it also is difficult, because you don't feel like you can control that outcome. You know, as much as you want to. You can’t really.
Speaking as someone who has experience being in movies that have gotten eviscerated by fans and critics, Reynolds' words carry some weight. But he did have more upbeat things to say about the upcoming Deadpool, which he feels is coming along at exactly the right time due to the changing landscape of superhero movies:
It’s a genre. There are good horror movies and bad horror movies. There are good comedies and bad comedies. Think of it like that. Think of it less about just superheroes. I do believe that they explore similar archetypes a lot, so I think that notion can be somewhat fatiguing, maybe. I think one of the reasons that Deadpool has gained a lot of momentum isn’t just that it’s funny or isn’t just that it’s rated R. The meta aspect is very important. So I think Deadpool’s coming along at the right time, because it’s also speaking to that generation and that group of people that have seen them all, seen all these comic-book films and enjoyed them all to varying degrees of success. But I think it’s speaking to them as though the guy in that red suit is one of them, to some degree.
Do you agree that Deadpool is happening at exactly the right time in pop culture?
Deadpool hits theaters on February 12, 2016.