Fantastic Four, they’re that terrible superhero family who had two awful films within the last ten years, right? This new one probably isn’t worth checking out then… right? WRONG! We here at Third Act Film are looking forward to the superhero reboot (well, some of us at least), so here a few of the reasons why we believe you should be as excited about Fantastic Four as we are.
1 – The Cast
But, but, they’re so young! And Johnny Storm is… ya know… don’t make me say it… A FLAME PERSON. So that’s out-of-the-way. Now imagine a film with a cast consisting of four of today’s best young, upcoming, and actually already established actors (five if you count Toby Kebbell, WHICH I DO). The film they’re in is adapted from decades old, beloved source material, even if it has lost some popularity in recent years, and while they’re playing characters that they don’t completely match, they aren’t difficult to imagine in their respective roles. Sounds alright, doesn’t it?
2 – The Director
Much like the cast, director Josh Trank is young and upcoming. He only has one feature film to his name, 2012’s Chronicle, but what a great début it was, and it’s one that isn’t hugely different from Fantastic Four. Yes, there’s been a lot of talk about him being difficult to work with, but that won’t necessarily have an effect on the creative side of this film. Besides, there have been similar rumours about plenty of hugely talented people in Hollywood, and it hasn’t stopped them from being successful in the past.
3 – The Bigger Picture
Most people know that the cinematic rights for The Fantastic Four belong to 20th Century Fox, and not Marvel Studios/Disney. You know which other characters Fox have the rights to? X-Men, those characters you loved, then you didn’t like much, and now you love again. The potential for an Avengers-style crossover has been rumoured for a while, but recently more fuel has been added to the fire, with Brian Singer (director of three of the X-Men films, as well as 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse) giving some not so subtle hints that they could be going in that direction soon. You don’t want to miss out on a piece of that puzzle, do you?
4 – Third Time’s the Charm
I thought about saying ‘third time lucky’, but I don’t think luck has anything to do with it. There have already been two bad Fantastic Four films, so we now all know what doesn’t work, or, in the case of the Rise of the Silver Surfer, what REALLY doesn’t work. I like to have faith in humanity and hope that they’ve learnt from at least most of the mistakes made in those films, speaking of which…
5 – It’s Nothing to do With the Other Films
For every person who does know, there’s someone who doesn’t know that this is a completely new film. It’s hard for me to imagine, but a lot of people barely know anything about this film. The trailers have done a pretty good job (especially the most recent one) of showing just how different this film is from the previous incarnations, but considering both the 2005 and the 2015 films have the exact same title, it’s not really a huge surprise that some people are confused.
This film might well be terrible, but I really think people need to give it a chance. Alternately, wait until the reviews come out and make your mind up then. Either way, let us know, are you excited about Fantastic Four? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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