From its conception, bizarre casting choices, and terrible trailers and TV spots; fans knew that the Fantastic Four reboot would be bad. Among the haters were opposing voices telling those to hold final judgement until the movie came out – apparently some people think nerds don’t know what they’re talking about and needed to shut the hell up. Well it’s true there were some unnecessary and vehement Internet backlash, namely revolving the change in race to the character Johnny Storm; fans were right hate this movie from the start.
The reviews for FOX’s Fantastic Four reboot are in, and they’re not good. How bad are they? It’s currently rating lower than the original FF movie on Rotten Tomatoes. That, and the director Josh Trank Tweets that FOX ruined his version. Hit the jump for more details…
While it’s only a day into its release, Rotten Tomatoes score has officially dipped below the original’s (the one with Chris Evans and Jessica Alba). While Story’s Fantastic Four sits at a rancid 27% Rotten score, Trank’s reboot is hovering at an astonishingly low 9% (at the time of this articles posting).
If the numbers don’t paint a clear picture of the films failure, some of the glaringly bad reviews read, “An object lesson in how not to create a superhero origin story.” and “You have to employ the buddy system if you go to see Fantastic Four, so each of you can wake up the other at various points throughout the movie.”
As stated, the Rotten Tomatoes score is based currently on the films opening release. More positive reviews will space out over the course of the weekend and its complete theater run. Still, it doesn’t look like it will movie will be anything but Rotten.
With the new Fantastic Four reboot getting some of the worst reviews of any comic book movie ever, director Josh Trank took to Twitter to address the bad press. A tweet he later deleted.
Trank tweeted, “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.” The tweet obviously indicating that the FOX studio screwed him out of the movie he really wanted to make.
Obviously, many will see Trank’s statement as an attempt to save face. While he surely did encounter creative differences and lost many battles, he has openly admitted to not being a fan of the comics and not letting the cast read the source material. So, really, it’s probable that what Trank is referring to could have been worse than the published film. The fact remains, he made THIS ONE. Sure no one likes to walk away from a paycheck, but if his artistic integrity and creative vision was that important to him then he could left the project. He likely would have been respected more. Now his name is going to be attached to one of the worst comic book movies of all time.