Monday, September 7, 2015

Stan Lee Explained Why FF4 Reboot is a Dud

Fantastic Four A Dud
Before this year ends, everyone will probably be in agreement that one of the worst films to grace the cinema is Josh Trank’s "Fantastic Four" reboot.

There are not enough fingers in the industry to use to point out the blame. Trank, Fox and the cast all took a beating in the weeks following the film’s release, with many believing that something dubious happened behind the scenes to doom the picture before it even opened. However, the most obvious reason could be the one that Stan Lee raised in an interview.

Stan "The Man" Lee was interviewed by Larry King on something called when he was asked why Fantastic Four flopped. Lee, an expert on all things Marvel, bluntly explained:

"Well, it was probably because I didn’t have a cameo in it, and they didn’t discuss the story with me."
The first part of that statement could be a playful joke, a jab at the obvious fact that Stan Lee was omitted from Josh Trank’s superhero origin reboot. Which doesn’t make sense because Lee has filmed cameos for Fox’s X-Men films before.

The kicker is the second statement. It points to a larger problem that Fox and Josh Trank had when assembling this story for an updated Fantastic Four. No one consulted Lee, when he is – without question – the world’s greatest expert on Marvel’s first family.

Not that Lee needs to be consulted on superhero movies anymore. Marvel and Fox have had success with and without Lee’s guidance. But FF has proven to be a very tough nut to crack over the years when studios attempt to adapt the source material, and seeing as how Stan Lee created the team with Jack Kirby, you would think that Trank and his screenwriting team would pick up the phone for a short conversation that answered the important question, "Hey, what would Stan Lee do here?"

Why would they not consult with Lee? Probably because when Trank is about to take a giant crap on Lee’s literary creation, he probably does not have the guts to talk t him about it. Also, maybe Fox did not want to trigger a heart attack when Lee views this cinematic abomination.

Whatever the reason is, one thing is clear. The rebooted version of Fantastic Four failed because not because it a black superhero. It failed miserably because comic fans are tired of the 'political correctness' bullshit that changes the classic comic characters.

The same thing could be said about other attempts to change everything for money’s sake, like adding despicable gay characters when none is required or changing race, relations and even gender.

If Fox wants to have diverse characters, they should make up some new ones and leave foundational characters as it is. Is it that hard to figure out?

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