Fantastic Four Failure: Director’s Fault or “Superhero Fatigue”? Bad as Green Lantern?
20th Century Fox’s big-budget Fantastic Four went down in flames at the weekend box office, adding to fears about superhero fatigue and calling into question Hollywood’s willingness to hire novice directors for major films.
They point out that director Josh Trank’s previous film work consisted of the “found footage”-style Chronicle, about three high schoolers who get superpowers. Trank was supposed to direct one of the Star Wars spinoffs coming from Disney, but he was fired due to concerns about his “professionalism” due to reportedly erratic, uncommunicative behavior while filming FF. Then again, blaming Trank for a movie that seems to have been taken over by the studio doesn’t really seem fair.
As for the superhero film genre,
There are at least 20 superhero movies planned for release over the next five years by Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros…. studios do privately acknowledge that audiences have grown more sensitive to quality.
Yes, viewers do prefer better movies, regardless of the subject matter. What struck me most about the article, though, was this statement:
The latest attempt, which took in an additional $34.1 million overseas, will instead go into the failed superhero movie hall of fame, joining efforts like Catwoman and The Green Lantern.
I hadn’t realized that popular wisdom had taken the GL movie down THAT far.