4 Fantastic Fours

Yesterday, the interweb was introduced to the first teaser for the new Fantastic Four movie. Will it be fantastic? Or will it fall short like its predecessors? Let’s see…

The trailer makes me nervous. For reals. I’ve read several reviews that seem way too excited about this thing. Were they watching a different trailer than I was?

Superhero movie trailers have taken then trend lately toward the dramatic. They’re slower paced, play slower music, and emphasize the ethical and emotional angles of the movie. Maybe it’s just me, but when I go see a superhero movie, it’s not to have some deep philosophical revelation. It’s to watch heroic people in tight clothing beat up bad guys!

When I saw Man of Steel (don’t get me started on that piece of garbage), it was loaded with ridiculous CGI violence, but I barely noticed because the trailers sold it as a dramatic story. Zzzzzzzzz… And remember Hulk? No? That’s because most of us try to block out that angst-filled bomb.


Fantastic Four of 2005 was actually kind of fun. And yet, never really had much success. It’s hard to say exactly what wasn’t working in that movie. It never really feels like it gets going. You spend the whole movie waiting for it to start, and then it’s over. It’s like the entire movie takes place in what most movies use the first 20 minutes for.


I found Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer to be the better of the two movies. I liked the introduction of the Silver Surfer. It felt like they were really getting into a good story. Again, if they had focused more on the fun action instead of the dramatic inner conflict, it might have been a tad more fun to watch.


And then there’s this. The 1994 Fantastic Four. This forgettable low budget hero flick looks more like an episode of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The costumes look homemade, as though they spent most of  their money on the Thing. It still wasn’t enough! Most people don’t even realize this one is out there!

Will the new Fantastic Four surpass these early attempts? It’s hard to say. I think we can safely assume they’ll work a little harder on it than they did in the 90s. We’ll let you know what we think if and when we see it!

What do YOU think of the Fantastic Four trailer? Did YOU like the old movies? Tell ME!



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