I Kind of Want to See the “Real” Fantastic Four Movie

Posted: August 10, 2015 in Comic Book Study
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few days, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the cinematic train wreck that is the recent Fantastic Four film. According to legions of reviewers and internet commenters, the film simply isn’t good (it’s made a whopping $25,685,737 at the domestic box office so far, according to Box Office Mojo). But supposedly, it could have been, dare I say, fantastic. At least according to director Josh Trank.

Trank, who one imagines is pretty bitter about the kind of treatment he’s been getting recently for the way the FF have been portrayed on film, took to Twitter a few days ago to give his two cents on his version of the Fantastic Four, leaving this:

Image taken from ew.com

The tweet was quickly deleted, although fans snapped it up and reposted it for the world to enjoy. However, all of this backlash does invoke the question: what was Trank’s original vision? More importantly, was it good?

A number of reviews about the film seem to contain similar sections focusing on elements where Trank’s original vision of the film shines through, especially during the beginning (including hacker Domashev playing video games while surrounded by computers), and it’s supposedly during these moments where the film is actually enjoyable. Other sections, including the team discovering their powers for the first time, invoke the Scanners and The Fly type of feeling Trank mentioned wanting to explore with the FF, and are also described as being fun to watch.

While the theatrical version of the film may not be getting the most stellar reviews at the moment, a DVD/Blu-Ray release of a director’s cut could help save face and establish a more acceptable legacy for this version of the team. After all, Daredevil managed to get away with it, and we know Trank’s original versions of at least a majority of the film still survive on the cutting room floor. Why not give it a try Fox? It wouldn’t hurt, that’s for sure.

What do you think about a director’s cut of this film? Does anyone care, or, like Daredevil, is anyone else going to give a director’s cut a chance? Let me know what you think in the comments below, or maybe you could send me a tweet with that widget on the left. Better yet, like the Comic Books vs The World Facebook page, and subscribe to theofficial Youtube channel.

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