When FOX decided to reboot The Fantastic Four, many saw this as a pretty good idea (at the time). With the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it looked like Fox was doing some course correction for their failed comic book franchises and they could do the same for the first family of Marvel. The previous version of Fantastic Four came out in 2005 and also had a less than stellar sequel. Both films were made before this new age of superhero films and were not received that well. In order to retain the rights to the Fantastic Four from Marvel, Fox needed to continue making films surrounding the characters, enter the 2015 reboot. The studio hired a director in his prime, Josh Trank as well as the cast that is all also at the top of their game (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell), what could go wrong? Well, apparently a lot!
The film was considered both a critical and commercial failure. Garnering a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film was poorly received. There were rumbling about studio interference as well as a director who was overwhelmed with the subject matter. The film had poor pacing and ultimately was well received. The film tied with Fifty Shades of Grey for Worst Picture at the Golden Raspberry Awards that year. There aren’t many people who can offer much praise for Fantastic Four. The plans of subsequent sequels were shelved and fans are desperately begging Fox just to sell the property back to Marvel Studios so that a proper film could be made. But could it have been a better film at one point?
Writer Jeremy Slater recently had the opportunity to talk about earlier drafts of the film and where they initially planned to take these characters. Some of the initial ideas for the film had a lighter tone and was less focused on Doom. There was to be an exploration of the Baxter Foundation and it was more of a “Hogwarts for nerds.”
“In addition to Annihilus and the Negative Zone, we had Doctor Doom declaring war against the civilized world, the Mole Man unleashing a 60 foot genetically-engineered monster in downtown Manhattan, a commando raid on the Baxter Foundation, a Saving Private Ryan-style finale pitting our heroes against an army of Doombots in war-torn Latveria, and a post-credit teaser featuring Galactus and the Silver Surfer destroying an entire planet. We had monsters and aliens and Fantasticars and a cute spherical H.E.R.B.I.E. robot that was basically BB-8 two years before BB-8 ever existed. And if you think all of that sounds great…well, yeah, we did, too. The problem was, it would have also been massively, MASSIVELY expensive.”
That sounds 100% better than the final product. This sounds like it was written by someone who actually read the Fantastic Four comic book. This was essential the anti-Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four movie. Sure this probably would have been way more expensive than the 3 set movie that Fox produced, but it would have shown that the studio paid attention to the source material and if done right, could have opened a whole new world. Of course, the early draft sounds like it would have suffered from the “3 villain problem” that Spider-Man 3 had, but it seems like it would have given the heroes much more to do that go to “Planet Zero” (we can’t say Negative Zone), get powers, train on a base, and fight Doom on Planet Zero. We’ll never know because ultimately the final product was the Trank movie. Which would you have preferred?
Source: Screen Rant