Fox To Attempt A ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot?
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Now that every single big superhero title out there has been made into a movie or has a movie on the way, the new popular trend is to take the ones that for the most part failed, and “reboot” or “re-imagine” them. The newest movie rumored to be heading for a new vision, is Fantastic Four.

Fantastic Four had a $100 Million budget and only made $154 Million domestically, but they did pull down $330 Million worldwide which isn’t too bad. The sequel — Rise of the Silver Surfer — didn’t fare as well, costing $130 Million to make and bringing in $131 Million domestic (ouch). Worldwide, they made $289 Million.

The iffy-but-decent box office take was the high point, if you can believe it. The first movie received mixed, but mostly negative reviews; the sequel was hated by most.

With the success of The Dark Knight, everyone simply wants to stop making cheesy comic fare and making the darker and/or more realistic superhero tales with hopes that fans will eat it up. In every case, this means entirely new cast and crew — an entirely new take on the story and characters.

With Batman, the character and setting were already fairly dark, so it was primed for that reboot. With Fantastic Four, I’m not sure it could be rebooted at all. Keep in mind, this is all rumor at the moment, so even if this does happen, there’s no word that it would be one of those darker re-imaginings. Personally, I don’t see those characters or that world being much darker than it already was (which wasn’t much); and aside from that, where else could they possibly go with it? Seems like a pointless thing to even think about, but eh, I’ve been wrong plenty of times.

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  1. I hope they do something better with these characters and stories. The first to movies were horrible!

    Comment by Cruz Andronico Fernandez — March 9, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

  2. I completely agree with the first comment; to this very day, I still refuse to watch either of the Fantastic Four live action movies.

    As for relaunching the franchise to make it more grim, gritty and realistic? Come on, can we really expect realism from a comic book that originates from cosmic rays and includes the Mole Man and a megalomaniacal dictator named Doctor Doom as antagonists?

    The Spiderman and X-Men were successful and were not dark and gritty (X-Men was somewhat dark in places, yes). As a movie studio you can successfully dive into the emotional turmoil and grim realities of characters such as Batman, Punisher, and Daredevil, but for some franchises, how ’bout the filmmakers try reading the original comics and make films that don’t take a #$@$# on the source materials.

    Comment by burning_chrome — March 9, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

  3. I’d like to see a fantastic four movie inspired by the interpretation of them in marvel’s 1602 graphic novel. i think that could be dark, as well as potentially feed into a demand for a 1602 movie? you could reboot other failed franchises like daredevil in the same way, if this works, and could hire different actors to play the established characters already successful in movies.

    Comment by allister — March 9, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

  4. Loook. Nothing can be done for the FF movies. Lets just let this one go!

    Comment by scrotumbagmonkeyflicker — March 9, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

  5. Fantasy Casting:
    Reed Richards: George Clooney
    Sue Storm: Reese Witherspoon
    Johnny Storm: Zac Efron
    Ben Grimm: CG please! (with a Dustin Hoffman voice-over)

    Comment by Peter — August 6, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

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