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The Fantastic Four (1994) Poster

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In an interview with Kevin Smith, Stan Lee said that, unbeknownst to its cast and crew, this movie was never intended to be released. It was made only because the studio that owned the rights to make a "Fantastic Four" movie would have lost those rights if production didn't start by a certain date.
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The studio provided Roger Corman a few million dollars. Most of it was spent on The Thing's costume. The film had very few special effects.
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At first, Marvel denied that this film ever existed. When they were confronted with the footage in the film's trailer, they said it was a pilot for a TV show that was never commissioned. They reluctantly admitted its existence several years later, after the film found its way onto the internet via a bootleg VHS copy.
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In the mid 1980s German film producers Constantin Film bought a ten year option the rights from Marvel Comics for an initial $250,000. Just before the ten year option ran out, and in order to meet the terms of the contract so they would have first refusal to renew them, Constantin hurriedly had put this film into production. Marvel were not impressed at the low budget results and in order to avoid damaging the brand they quietly bought the few film prints and negative from Constantin Film to avoid the possibility of it getting any kind of theatrical or video release. (but not before somebody in the industry had managed to make an illicit video copy). Both Roger Corman (who produced the film), the director Oley Sassone and the cast and crew of the film were not consulted or informed of this move, as there were indeed plans in place for a small theatrical release and a trailer had been made with this in mind. It is rumored that Marvel subsequently had all the film prints and the negative destroyed. The end result was that Constantin Film were able to keep another ten year option on the Fantastic Four film series. After Constantin secured funding from 20th Century Fox the big budget version Fantastic Four (2005) was made. After the box office success of the 2005 version, and several years before Marvel had formed their own film studios, Marvel then renewed Constantin Film's ten year option and this resulted in the sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) and the reboot Fantastic Four (2015). However the critical and financial failure of the 2015 version made Fox get cold feet in the FF project and withdrew to concentrate on keeping hold of its more successful and profitable, 'The X-Men'. Several years later, the rights did finally revert back to Marvel.
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Mark Ruffalo auditioned for the role of Doctor Doom. He eventually ended up playing Bruce Banner in Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Patrick Warburton auditioned for the role of Ben Grimm.
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The music in the trailer advert is actually the theme from another Roger Corman production, Battle Beyond the Stars (1980). The music soundtrack to he actual final cut of the film is an original specially commissioned piece though.
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Renée O'Connor auditioned for the role of Susan Storm.
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This film has never had a theatrical, VHS, DVD or broadcast release in any country due to the apparent destruction of the film negative and all film prints. However illegal poor copy bootleg DVD's are known to exist (copied from bootleg VHS tapes).
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(at around 1h 13 mins) When Doctor Doom is talking to the Fantastic Four on the screen at one point he spells out what he says, but it is backwards because he spells it from his perspective.
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Michael Bailey Smith, the actor playing Ben, also played a character named Belthazor on the TV series "Charmed". He was a half demon/half-human character. Smith played the demon half. Julian McMahon played his human half. McMahon played Doctor Doom in the 2005 Fantastic Four movie.
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Both the costumed characters of The Thing (Michael Bailey Smith) and Doctor Doom (Joseph Culp) have muffled dialogue that is sometimes hard to hear. This is because the producers decided to avoid the expense of looping the character's dialogue in post production (to make their speech clearer) when the decision was made not to release this film to the public. As looping dialogue is often done late in post production yet the (admittedly low quality) CGI effects had been done (at least partially), this would indicate that the decision to not release this film to cinemas or home video must have been done relatively late in its post production schedule.
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The latter H.Q. location of the F.F. in the movie is actually the 444 Flower Building (now known as the Citigroup Center) is also the the law offices of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak from the L.A. Law (1986) television series from NBC that ran from from September 15, 1986, to May 19, 1994 and L.A. Law: The Movie (2002). As well as seen in the following:
  • The building appears in the Los Angeles level of the video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (2001).
  • The building appears in the video game Grand Theft Auto V (2013). It is located in downtown Los Santos (the game's equivalent of Los Angeles), however is renamed the Schlongberg Sachs Center, which is the game's equivalent of The Goldman Sachs Group.
  • The building appears as Catco Enterprises in Supergirl (2015).
  • The building appears to collapse when the US Bank Tower collapses on top of it in San Andreas (2015).
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Michael Bailey Smith did a public appearance for this movie appearing at Moon Dog Comics shop in Ford City Mall, signing autographs. A few props from the movie were on display there also. This may be the place where the first of the bootleg videos got out to the public. (Not saying he had any involvement with the video bootlegging.)
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