Fantastic Four reboot director Josh Trank reviewed his own film this weekend on Letterboxd.
One of the most iconic cinematic bluffs this decade was Josh Trank’s 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four, which was plagued due to constant studio meddling, a plethora of reshoots and cuts, and Josh Trank’s own rumored chaotic behavior. One of the prime reasons the film was made was so Fox could retain the rights to the Fantastic Four films. With the film forced to be fast-tracked, and Fantastic Four being Josh Trank’s second movie, it was fair to say that the stars weren’t mean to align.
Over the weekend, Josh Trank joined the popular film review social media site Letterboxd, where he decided to review the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot. In his review, Josh Trank expressed how this particular viewing was his first since two weeks before the film came out in 2015.
“I was expecting it to be much worse than it was. I literally haven’t seen it since like two weeks before it came out,”
Josh Trank continued his 2-star review of the film by expressing how he had a fantastic cast for Fantastic Four, yet their efforts were wasted on a movie that they didn’t sign up for.
“Great cast. Everyone in the film is a great actor, and overall there is a movie in there, somewhere. And that cast deserves to be in THAT movie. Everyone who worked on Fant4stic clearly wanted to be making THAT movie. But…. ultimately… It wasn’t.”
Josh Trank also confirmed himself that there was a decent amount of studio meddling, suggesting that the final Fantastic Four product was a spliced version of multiple cuts of the film.
“What I can tell is there are TWO different movies in one movie competing to be that movie.”
Following his comments regarding there being competing cuts of the film, Josh Trank brought up the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement and its validity considering how storied Zack Snyder’s films are. The director continued by stating that there’s no point to a #ReleaseTheTrankCut movement, saying he was young when he made Fantastic Four but he doesn’t regret the situation he was forced into.
“Is there a #releasethetrankcut? Doesn’t matter. I’m not Zack Snyder. Zack Snyder is a storied, iconic, legendary filmmaker who has been knocking it out of the fucking park since I was in high school I was 29 years old, making my 2nd film, in a situation more complicated than anything a 2nd time filmmaker should’ve walked into. That said… I don’t regret any of it.”
Josh Trank ended the review by acknowledging the long-gestating rumors that Peyton Reed of Ant-Man fame would be taking on the Fantastic Four reboot for Disney.
“And I just hope Peyton Reed makes the next Fantastic Four and crushes it. And that I get a cameo.”
It’s genuinely breathtaking to see a filmmaker such as Josh Trank to be self-aware enough and not only review his own movie but also give fans further insight into one of the most prolific cinematic debacles of the decade. Despite Fantastic Four being a critical and commercial failure, Josh Trank has bounced back up and is currently directing Fonzo, a film based on Al Capone that stars Tom Hardy.
What are your thoughts on Josh Trank’s review of Fantastic Four? Comment below and let us know!
Here’s the synopsis for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four:
Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Fantastic Four was directed by Josh Trank and stars Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell.
Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four is available in 4k Ultra, Blu-Ray and DVD.
DC Universe Debuts ‘Doom Patrol’ Character Posters
Along with the premiere of the first teaser for Doom Patrol, DC Universe also debuted a collection of character posters for each of the members of perhaps the strangest team of characters to be adapted in live-action form for DC Comics.
In particular, these new character posters highlight Timothy Dalton's The Chief, Diane Guerrero's Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade's Cyborg, April Bowlby's Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer's Negative Man and Brendan Fraser's Robotman. These posters each follow unique designs that reflect the nature of each character and tease unique personalities amongst the group as well.
You can start the gallery of new posters by clicking "Next".
Which of these Doom Patrol posters is your favorite? Are you excited to see what the cast brings to these roles? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the DC Universe.
Doom Patrol is a reimagining of one of DC’s strangest group of outcast Super Heroes which includes: Matt Bomer as Larry Trainor/Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Cliff Steele/Robotman, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, Joivan Wade as Victor Stone/Cyborg and Timothy Dalton as Dr. Niles Caulder/The Chief.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
“Doom Patrol will find the reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.”
Doom Patrol will premiere on February 15, 2019 exclusively on DC Universe.