Fantastic Four

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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…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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…

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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.

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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…)

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I’ve finally reached my Rant Level when it comes to Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four Reboot. I’ve been able to let a lot of things go when it comes to the reboot, some I’ve even thought were kinda cool. When Trank cast Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm I was fine with it because Jordan was fantastic in Chronicle, Friday Night Lights, and Fruitvale Station. Leaning more toward the Ultimate FF4 origin story was OK, I mean I could live with it. “Thing”s started to get a little rocky with me when I saw this film’s version of my favorite ever lovin’ blue eyed Thing wouldn’t be wearing blue boxers, but I even let that one go. Now though, this latest trailer has pushed me over the line. What could possibly have started off this rant? (more…)

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He’s an advance-planner, that Bryan Singer is.  In addition to currently cultivating the “greater” X-Men universe by directing the last few X-Films, he’s also leading the charge on the forthcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.  It’s been recently rumored that he would also direct Fantastic Four 2, and now comes word that there is a long-term strategy starting to take shape that would allow him to direct an X-Men/FF crossover film.

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FOX has released the final trailer for Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four Reboot and it just might be the trailer we’ve been waiting for. This movie has been one hell of a ride since the start. The fan backlash on the Internet reached biblical proportions and even as I write this I know there will be some that still look at this trailer and won’t let go of their rage. I just watched it and I am befuddled on why FOX hasn’t been using this style of trailer since the start, instead fumbling the marketing ball at every opportunity. (more…)