Distancing Galore In “Fantastic Four” Fallout

Reviews for the new “Fantastic Four” are proving to be worse than expected, the new film garnering just 10% (3.4/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and 26/100 on Metacritic. How bad is that? The much maligned two previous “Fantastic Four” films scored far higher (40/100 & 45/100 on Metacritic respectively)

It’s bad enough that those involved seem have begun distancing themselves from the final product. We’ve had rumors of a ‘Fox Cinematic Universe’ over the past year or so with talk of the “X-Men” movies and the new F4 reboot cast crossing over. “X-Men” franchise steerer Bryan Singer himself dropped some quotes about the possibility the other week.

That’s changed today though as producer Simon Kinberg has made it very clear to the New York Daily News that these franchises are not in the same on-screen universe, saying: “They exist in parallel universes. The Fantastic 4 live in a world without mutants. And the X-Men live in a world without the Fantastic 4.”

That’s a definite change of tune. More interesting though is comments from the film’s director Josh Trank which appeared on social media and then quickly vanished – but not before being screen captured. A posting by Trank on Twitter (see here) in response to the bad reviews says: “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.”

The comments follow on from reports of a troubled production with studio-ordered reshoots and “erratic behaviour” by Trank on-set, to a disastrous PR tour with a recent Esquire article about star Miles Teller igniting a social media war and arguments this week. This comes on top of the bad reviews which generally liked the film’s more sci-fi esque opening act but have torn it a new one over the more conventional superhero-style final forty-five minutes.

Despite all the press, the film is on track for a $45 million opening weekend according to early estimates.