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From the Studio that Brought You Elektra, Daredevil, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, X-Men: The Last Stand, and the First Two Shitty Fantastic Four Movies...

How bad is the new “Fantastic Four”? Its director, Josh Trank, who directed the well-received “Chronicle” a few years ago, is already making excuses, blaming the movie studio in all but name in a tweet that was posted yesterday and then quickly removed, but not before it was archived. 

Which movie studio? Fox, of course. The studio that would give goddamned webshooters and a bat cape to Wolverine.  

Here's the list of superhero movies they've released since their own “X-Men” reinvented the genre back in 2000, along with Rotten Tomatoes ratings and IMDb ratings:

Year Movie Director RT% IMDb 
2000 X-Men Bryan Singer 81% 7.4
2003 X2: X-Men United Bryan Singer 86% 7.5
2003 Daredevil Mark Steven Johnson  44% 5.3
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Stephen Norrington 17% 5.8
2005 Elektra Rob Bowman 10% 4.8
2005 Fantastic Four Tim Story 27% 5.7
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Brett Ratner 58% 6.8
2006 My Super Ex-Girlfriend Ivan Reitman 40% 5.1
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Tim Story 37% 5.6
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Gavin Hood 38% 6.7
2011 X-Men: First Class Matthew Vaughn 87% 7.8
2012 Chronicle Josh Trank 85% 7.1
2013 The Wolverine James Mangold 70% 6.7
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Bryan Singer 91% 8.1
2015 Fantastic Four Josh Trank 9% 4.1

Essentially Bryan Singer started them off with two good “X-Men” movies, then they screwed up for the next decade with crappy, mind-numbing movies until they revived the “X-Men” series in a positive-ish way. Plus Josh Trank's “Chronicle.”

It could be that Trank's original vision wasn't that good. It could be that the Fantastic Four, Marvel's first superheroes, who are more or less updated versions of 1) Plastic Man, 2) The WWII-era Human Torch, 3) The Invisible Man and 4) every rock creature out of every crappy 1950s Marvel mag, just don't work in the 21st century.

But I'm betting there are idiot execs at Fox who ruined this thing with their dumb ideas. Or at least ruined it further.

Whatta revoltin' development. 

ADDENDUM: My friend Ciam pointed me to this Vulture piece on the long, tangled, gossip-ridden buzz for the new FF movie, and which mostly blames Trank and lets the studio off the hook. Maybe. But that doesn't explain all of the above. 

Fantastic Four: From the studio that brought you X-Men: Days of Future Past

From the studio that brought You Elektra, Daredevil, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: The Last Stand, and the first two shitty Fantastic Four movies.

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Posted at 11:08 AM on Fri. Aug 07, 2015 in category Superheroes  

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