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Black Widow can punch explosions.
Fantastic…Bore. Fantastic…Fourth Worst Movie Ever Made. Fantastic…4%. Or, as some have taken to calling it, just ‘Four’.
It was the fail story of the Summer, with Twentieth Century Fox’s tentpole superhero blockbuster bombing so hard at the box office, it took out a five-mile stretch of Odeons in the Greater Bexleyheath area. In the September edition of The Flickering Myth Movie Show, Oli Davis, Rebecca Perfect, Luke Owen and Kat Kourbeti discuss the problems with the movie, the practice of entrusting $100million+ franchises with young, independent filmmakers (think Gareth Edwards on Godzilla and Colin Treverrow on Jurassic World), and who is really to blame for the movie’s failure – Fantastic Four’s director Josh Trank, or the studio that allegedly hamstrung his production?
Fantastic Four also gets to be the first film receiving the Best Bad Reviews treatment – our new series that »
- Oli Davis
What do the 2005 and 2015 F4 films have in common? Well, the answer is... Everyone Hates Them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The question is if you put a gun to someone's head and asked them which one they would rather sit through, what would the answer be? Other than "just shoot me". Mr. Fantastic: Who Was Better? In The Case Of Fantastic Four: Ioan Gruffadd can't act. I thought that maybe it was because the movie didn't give him much to do, but after watching San Andreas... this man shouldn't work in Hollywood. So what do I think of his performance in the movie? He was snubbed for the awards that year..... Of Course Not. He Sucks! In The Case Of FANT4STIC: I think i'm one of the few people who's not happy that Fant4stic bombed. This is because now the great actors will probably never be wanted in Hollywood again (except for »
There’s been a fairly steady stream of announcements about a few big comic-book films – Deadpool, Batman v. Superman, Captain America 3, and Suicide Squad – but did you know there are three animated Batman movies in the works?
How about an adaptation of several Image scripts and the award-winning 100 Bullets and Sandman? Don’t worry: this article’s the only one you need to read to get the latest news on all comics films. And we’ve collected the juiciest tidbits about those big favorites, too.
A few comic-book films seem to be only rumors at this stage, and confused rumors at that. The iconoclastic religious epics Preacher and Lucifer have been said to be planning “movies,” but those are probably just pilots for their upcoming TV series. Constantine was also rumored to be a film, but there’s nothing to substantiate that, and the character of Constantine, after his own failed TV series, »
- T Campbell
With bits of news coming out about the troubled production of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four coming in drips and drabs, we’ve got some new concept art from Steve Jung, which reveals an early version of Planet Zero. The artwork matches an early draft of the movie which details the group’s first encounter with Galactus. However, Jung says that the castle belongs to Victor Von Doom, so this must have been from a later draft.
Check out the artwork below:
“I was on this one early on before all the drama happened,” Jung explains in his Facebook post. “None of my work made it to the movie (kinda glad) since it got changed many times after I left the project.”
- Luke Owen
In the wake of Fantastic Four’s disasterous release, Josh Trank’s Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis released the first four pages of his own script for the reboot of Marvel’s First Family, which was ultimately rejected by 20th Century Fox. Well, now the writer has opened up to The Daily Beast about his vision for the movie, which would have been the first instalment of a trilogy.
“My Fantastic Four was an on-the-run movie. It begins with their origin, which is an illegal Branson-esque space launch where they want to go see this thing. They become the biggest celebrities in the world, except then they wreck and they get these horrible powers. The government is hunting them and they split up, and you really get into the dynamics of these people as they’re learning to control their powers. So the origin takes place in the first two minutes »
- Gary Collinson
20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four reboot suffered another big hit at the box office this weekend, dropping from fourth place all the way down to 10th in its third weekend. The ill-fated superhero movie has earned just $49.7 million domestically since its release on August 7, enduring a paltry 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which makes it the worst-reviewed superhero movie of all time. Over the weekend, concept artist Steve Jung shared four new illustrations from his work on Fantastic Four, which offers new looks at Planet Zero and Victor Domashev's (Toby Kebbell) Doom Castle. Take a look at what the artist himself had to say about his work, but be warned, there will be spoilers that follow.
"Might as well show some work from this movie called Fantastic Four lol. I was on this one early on before all the drama happened... none of my work made it to the movie (kinda »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Marvel’s Most Wanted, Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, Gambit, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel 2, Suicide Squad, The Flash, Arrow, Vixen, Gotham, Supergirl, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, Heroes Reborn, The Crow and more…
After skipping the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios showcased (part of) it’s Phase Three line-up at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California this past weekend, where it screened the very first footage from next year’s Captain America: Civil War. As yet, there’s been no leak of the footage, but you can read a detailed description of it here, as well as watching a D23 interview with Chris Evans (Captain America) and Anthony Mackie (Falcon) here. »
- Gary Collinson
Evan Rachel Wood is getting candid about her wild relationship with Marilyn Manson. "I thought I was in love," she says in a new interview with Net-a-Porter's The Edit. "I wasn’t doing it to prove a point or be rebellious. I wanted to break a mold, for sure – I knew I was edgier, more alternative and weird. And he was just what I needed because I felt really free with him. And that freedom was attractive." While the former child star still gets angry about the "negative feedback" she got while dating Manson following his split from Dita Von Teese, she still has no regrets about the rocky romance. "I wouldn’t trade any of [our relationship]," she declares. "I appreciate everything he taught me." In the past, Manson simply called their relationship a "mistake." Following their high profile split, Wood reunited with now-ex Jamie Bell, whom she married in October »
- tooFab Staff
One thing that has become immediately apparent amid the media circus surrounding Fantastic Four is that, deep beneath Josh Trank’s reboot and the numerous script doctoring layered over, is the first incarnation of the superhero flick that Trank and 20th Century Fox had originally set out to make.
It’s for this reason that a steady stream of reports have surfaced relating to the film’s deleted scenes, with one of the most prominent – Jamie Bell’s The Thing airdropping from the plane at night – cut from the final print due to budgetary constraints. Heck, going one step further, Trank had even filmed scenes that included the Fantasticar; scenes that were ultimately shelved when his vision began to balloon and Simon Kinberg and other Fox executives began to meddle with the plot.
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Now, there’s a fresh wave of information relating to that fabled »
- James Garcia
Like Tim Burton’s Superman Lives or James Cameron’s Spider-Man, we will never see the true version of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. Among the many public problems the film has had in the last couple of weeks (see here, here, here, here, here and here), it was revealed by screenwriter Jeremy Slater that not much of his script was left in the final version. That version we eventually saw was re-written by Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) at the behest of Fox who worried Slater’s script was too expensive. Well, the chaps over at Birth.Movies.Death got a hold of Slater’s original script – which had Galactus, Mole Man, Herbie the Robot, Fantasticar and Doctor Doom as a Latverian dictator.
Here’s the breakdown:
As in the final film Reed goes to the Baxter Building as part of a science scholarship; there he meets Sue and Victor Von Doom. »
- Luke Owen
There has been a lot of ink and blood spilled over who did what when it comes to Fantastic Four. The movie was a flop for 20th Century Fox, something everyone expected would happen well before it was released. Even director Josh Trank predicted it with an infamous Tweet he sent out on the eve of the film's premiere, blaming the studio for the bomb that was about to be detonated in theaters nationwide. Scenes had been cut, there were reshoots, and the reboot making its way onto the big screen was not the version Josh Trank had planned. What was his version, though? And would it have been better? Well, we now have reports of one big action scene involving The Thing (Jamie Bell) that was cut.
Who's ever side you pick in this war between the studio and its director, there is no doubt that Josh Trank had a much different movie planned. »
One of the biggest headscratchers surrounding the Fantastic Four reboot – aside from its quality – was the staggering amount of unused footage. Trailers, TV spots and featurettes showcased a quartet whose powers were demonstrated in ever-exciting ways, with one particular character’s appearance causing the most pre-release hype. The Thing. Witnessed leaping from great heights to suffering unstoppable carnage — the teasing had begun.
And that’s where it ended. None of the fantastic things in store for Jamie Bell’s mo-capped beast made their way into the movie. That brief trailer-closing scene as Thing drops from a fighter jet to infiltrate a terrorist camp? Cut due to budgetary restraints. That shot of Thing marching into gunfire? The same. Except now we’ve an idea of how that latter scene would have slotted into the overall movie, thanks to a scoop from EW.
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According to the site, »
- Gem Seddon
The bottomless well of Fantastic Four gossip just keeps on springing leaks: Today's juicy details involve one of Josh Trank's deleted scenes that controversially got cut from the final film. But it wasn't just more awkward flirting between Kata Mara and Miles Teller that Fox allegedly axed; it was an entire action scene involving Jamie Bell's the Thing, who ended up with less screen time than his three Fantastic colleagues. That wasn't always the plan: EW, speaking with a dozen sources who worked on the film, describes a blockbuster brawl involving the Thing moments after the catastrophe on Planet Zero. In the scene, the blast sends him flying toward a Chechen rebel camp (because why not), where they mistake the pile of rocks for a bomb or missile and open fire once he lands. That's where the bulk of Bell's clobberin' time was supposed to occur: Rather than some elegant, »
- Dee Lockett
It’s safe to say that 20th Century Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four is the summer’s highest profile casualty. Dying a horrible death across the globe at the box office, early word before the film was released was that it was a production that was filled with problems, many of which may well be true given the reaction and final product.
Director Josh Trank supposedly battled through the production, and word of reshoots were seemingly just the tip of the iceberg. Now, word comes from EW that a scene present in the early trailer for the film may have gone at least a small way to making the film a little better. The scene, featuring Jamie Bell’s The Thing, centered around the image of the hero dropping from a plane back down to Earth.
Apparently coming just after the heroes gained their powers from their unsupervised trip through the dimensional portals, »
- Scott J. Davis
Fantastic Four should.ve been a much different movie. Thanks to a clash between Josh Trank and Fox . and Josh Trank and Miles Teller, if you believe such things . scenes were cut, reshot and slapped together to form the version we saw on the big screen. Remnants of what could have been litter the initial trailers, but a new report provides a detailed description of what one of the bigger deleted action scenes would.ve looked like. The most notable scenes from the trailers that are missing from the film center around Jamie Bell.s The Thing airdropping onto an unknown military base and calmly clashing with gunfire. According to Entertainment Weekly.s Anthony Breznican, who interviewed various sources close to production, this was supposed to be one of the film.s big action scenes. Here.s how it should have gone. In the events following the inter-dimensional trip gone »
One of the key scenes seen in the promotional material for the recent "Fantastic Four" reboot, but not appearing in the final film, is a scene where Jamie Bell's The Thing essentially leaps off a plane and drops down to Earth to lay the smackdown.
Of course that scene was likely from the earlier cut of the film before extensive reshoots saw most of the movie's third act seriously retooled and not for the better judging by the scathing reviews.
In a new piece in Entertainment Weekly it is said that the time jump in the film - the point at which it truly goes off the rails - was originally going to be less abrupt and that a key action sequence revolving around The Thing would be used in the transition.
According to the site's sources, the film's director Josh Trank was indecisive over whether or not to include the scene. »
- Garth Franklin
There was So Much Comic Con 2015 discussion in the August edition of the Flickering Myth Movie Show, the debate has actually spilled out into its own 17 minute long video (the in-episode segment was less than half that amount). In the special extended cut (think Apocalypse Now: Redux), the esteemed panel discuss…
-the Star Wars: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes footage.
-why Marvel weren’t in attendance, and should they have been?
-the new Deadpool trailer.
-the epidemic of ‘leaked footage’.
-and who won Comic Con 2015 overall?
This is an excerpt from the August edition of The Flickering Myth Movie Show, which you can watch in full here:
- Oli Davis
Well, if there was still any doubt after last weekend’s miserable box office debut, it’s now official: 20th Century Fox’s superhero reboot Fantastic Four has tanked hard, with the Josh Trank-directed film limping to a worldwide gross of $102 million by close of play on its second weekend.
In the States, the film dropped to fourth place behind Straight Outta Compton, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., earning a paltry $8 million over the Friday to Sunday period. Fantastic Four has so far pulled in $41.9 million domestically, with a further $60.1 million from the international markets.
Fantastic Four sees Josh Trank (Chronicle) directing a cast that includes Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station »
- Gary Collinson
'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' box office: Bigger domestic flop than expected? Before I address the box office debacle of Warner Bros.' The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I'd like remark upon the fact that 2015 has been a notable year at the North American box office. That's when the dinosaurs of Jurassic World smashed Hulk and his fellow Halloween-costumed Marvel superheroes of Avengers: Age of Ultron. And smashed them good: $636.73 million vs. $457.52 million. (See also: 'Jurassic World' beating 'The Avengers' worldwide and domestically?) At least in part for sentimental (or just downright morbid) reasons – Paul Walker's death in a car accident in late 2013 – Furious 7 has become by far the highest-grossing The Fast and the Furious movie in the U.S. and Canada: $351.03 million. (Shades of Heath Ledger's unexpected death »
- Zac Gille
As Saint Jerome noted so wisely, "Early impressions are hard to eradicate from the mind. When once wool has been dyed purple, who can restore it to its previous whiteness?"
Accordingly, anyone who's been bombarded with the TV ads for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four shouldn't be chastised for sprinting away from any multiplex screening of this latest Marvel concoction. Those trailers showcase a film lacking in verbal and visual wit, actors seemingly bereft of sparkle, and disfigured creatures that wouldn't appear out of place in a Toho production of the 1950s (e.g. Half Human in 1958; Rodan in 1957). While none of those early impressions are that wide off the mark, the first 45 minutes or so of this effort, nonetheless, are promising.
Before we go down that path, let's just note for those familiar with Trank's debut feature, the pretty terrific Chronicle (2012), Fantastic Four will seem like a bloated, less imaginative revamp in comparison. »
- Brandon Judell
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