Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is taking a critical beating this weekend, and now the director has fired back a response. So who’s to blame for this super-mess?
Apparently upset by the almost universally negative reviews of the film, the director took to Twitter in an effort to defend his original vision for Marvel’s First Family. In case you’ve been living under a rock the past year or so, Trank’s film has had a hellacious time in production. There were rumblings of budget cuts, on-set clashes and general confusion and disdain about how the classic comic was being adapted. According to Trank, the film in theaters today is not the one he wanted to make.
Though he deleted the post just a few moments after making it, screenshots last forever. Check out Trank’s statement below:
Honestly, this is just one more fascinating footnote to one of the most unique, and sadly mediocre, superhero films in recent memory. We’ll never know just how much of the finished project is what Trank intended, and what was the result of studio meddling. Fantastic Four is a moderately interesting science fiction film, somehow shoehorned into a superhero story that doesn't fit the first two-thirds of the movie.
Did Trank try to make the science fiction film, and the studio colored over it with a paint-by-numbers superhero movie? Is Trank really the misunderstood auteur in this scenario, or is the film only as passable as it is because the studio stepped in to hack it into something semi-presentable? The world may never know.
Regardless, Trank’s impromptu comments make it all the more interesting. What do you think?