Fantastic Four


Remember Fantastic Four? I know it was terrible, but it came out barely two months ago, so you must recall just how harshly and disappointingly it was received by critics, fans, and audiences. Considering how horribly the movie went off the rails, it almost seems like Twentieth Century Fox should have somebody – a creative consultant, if you will – to make sure these kind of mistakes don’t happen. Wait a minute, doesn’t Fox have a creative consultant for their Marvel movies? They do, and it’s Mark Millar, a comic book writer that had no small role in creating Ultimate Fantastic Four, which influenced heavily the direction of the recent movie. So Millar, explain. (more…)


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Jeremy and Jason have returned, but where were they and who have they become?! Learn about their harrowing tale (busy working and playing Playstation) and also learn about their thoughts on Stephen Colbert‘s late night takeover, Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s takeover of The Apprentice, Batman V. Bourne, Godzilla V. King Kong, the almost Pulp Fiction cast, the unkillable Fantastic Four franchise, gritty Mary Poppins, sex bot ethics (RIP HitchBot), plus Donald Trump: herald of the end times.

DOUBLE BONUS PLUS: an all new, all nude edition of #TacoTalk. (more…)

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It’s been over a month since the release of Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four, and fans are still shell shocked by the experience. In an age of near-over saturation of comic book movies, Fantastic Four was a rare misstep that managed to anger comic book fans, critics and regular old moviegoers. In fact, the reception for FF ’15 was worse than that for Tim Story‘s 2005 film about Marvel’s First Family, which the Trank film was supposed to eclipse in terms of legacy and cultural relevance. But if you were disappointed by Fantastic Four, you’re not alone, the actress that played the Invisible Woman was disappointed by the experience too. (more…)


It doesn’t rain, but it pours. Those six words might describe the reaction to Fantastic Four, which opened in theaters over a week ago to a resounding thud on the three fronts that matter: the box office, the critics and with comic book fans. It begs a few questions about the shoot, the strategy of Twentieth Century Fox in making the film, and why it seems that no one can make even a halfway decent Fantastic Four movie. To answer some of those questions, a major Hollywood trade publication talked to sources close to the production to find out where it went off the rails. Some of what it revealed may be surprising… (more…)


As FOX‘s latest attempt to create a Fantastic Four franchise continues to smolder after the epic nuclear box office meltdown opening, you might have expected the Dog-Pile-On attitude to waver a bit after everyone got that initial glob of vile tasting movie experience out of their mouths with a few barbed comments. I mean, no one expects FOX to just give Marvel back the rights to the Fantastic Four….or do they? That’s right, there’s a Change.Org petition to force FOX to sell back the rights to Marvel. Have you signed it yet? (more…)


Fantastic Four. Now that I have your unswerving hatred, let’s talk about the future of the franchise. The newly rebooted film by Josh Trank, which came out this weekend with, well, let’s call it a thud, finished third at the box office after being pummeled by negative reviews from critics and comic book fans alike. To them it stank. It stank of missed opportunities, and ideas that weren’t thought through, and a talented quartet of actors that was utterly wasted in a wash of bad effects, bad dialogue, and bad plotting. So now what? Will Fox push though with the Four sequel which has already been scheduled. Answers are below. (more…)


Fantastic FourI wanted to like it.  I really did.

I actually found all the pre-release roller-coaster drama of the production’s ups and downs really intriguing.  The idea for the creation of this movie was heavily maligned from the start; according to 20th Century Fox’s deal with Marvel, if they wanted to keep the rights to the FF franchise, then the company has to make a new film featuring the characters every decade or so, or else the rights will revert back to Marvel.  Since it’s been eight painful years since the Galactus-bastardizing head-scratcher Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Fox felt obligated to pump another one out.  Trust me, however, when I tell you: don’t feel obligated to go see this film.


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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…


There was a time when Radio, NOT TV, was the truest form of entertainment. Take a good script, a few colorful voice actors, insert a few real-world sounds and POW!… you’ve got a vivid story full of excitement, drama and intrigue playing out in your minds eye. Nothing you see on TV or the theater can match power of your own imagination.

Don’t believe me? Well then, curl your knees up to your chest, shut your eyes, and check out this this fantastic (no pun intended) retro radio show that features a young Bill Murray reading the role of Human Torch alongside Stan Lee in a 1975 radio version of the Fantastic Four comics.

NOTE: This post was originally published June 1st 2012. With the Fantastic Four reboot hitting theaters this week, we thought we’d pull this gem from the NB vault.



In what many will say is too little too late, FOX is actually using one of their licensed Marvel characters to promote another set of their Marvel characters movie. Before at most you might get the banner “From the studio that brought you X-Men: Days of Future Past!” Now they’ve pulled out all the strings and shoved the Internet’s superhero darling Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) into the Fantastic Four mix and it just goes to show ya, everything IS better with Deadpool. (more…)