The original Fantastic Four movie was back in the dark days before Marvel Studios, where the vast majority of superhero movies were downright awful. It was no exception, and is still probably the most bland and unmemorable superhero flick released in the last thirty years. But as of late, Hollywood is a place where properties can get second chances. Twentieth Century Fox decided to reboot the franchise, and renowned comic book writer/superhero movie consultant Mark Millar says that it's so far looking good.
In the movie world, Millar, is probably best known for writing the graphic novels that led to movies Wanted and Kick-Ass, though he's written for most of the major Marvel Superheroes at one point or another. He's been speaking with director Josh Trank, who previously made Chronicle, and here's what he had to say:
From what I've seen and from talking to him – he and I have had dinner a couple of times and we talk quite regularly as well – he's contemporising it...I think he's just making it work for the screen – he's a great storyteller.
Chronicle, if you think about it, was similar to Fantastic Four in that it was a bunch of people who were transformed into something more than human – that turned out almost his calling card to come and do something like Fantastic Four.
What I wasn't expecting actually was just how funny and likeable he could make this as well as getting the more awesome moments on screen – I use awesome in the traditional British sense and not the California sense awesome, you know? The Ridley Scott moments, and the Fantastic Four really are jaw-dropping in the same way you feel when you saw Alien for the first time. There's some moments in this – not to be specific – that are actually gonna be phenomenal on screen and stuff you haven't seen in a superhero movie before.
Fantastic Four always seemed like one of the most hazardous properties to try to turn into a film. Think of just how much trouble most film makers have telling one superhero origin story, much less four. I've always believed that you can turn anything into a good movie, and if what Millar is saying here is accurate, I may just be proven right here.