Fantastic Four-ensic Files
This year marks 15 years since 2005’s Fantastic Four, starring: Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon, and Ioan Gruffudd. This was the first released “Fantastic Four” film adaptation (a 1994 Roger Corman directed version never officially hitting theaters, but exists out there underground on VHS tapes and the like). This movie hit at a time when superhero movies were in a slump. Just a year later, both X-Men: the Last Stand and Superman Returns would hit theaters generating mediocre reviews. For anyone who was interested in superheroes, there was a “take what you can get” mentality. I watched this movie more times than I care to admit. I was a starved audience!
The creation of the Fantastic Four is a historical marker for the beginning of a new time in comic books. It was the beginning of the Silver Age (predominantly the 1960’s) and the team signified the birth of Marvel Comics. In movies, well, let’s just say... they have been fairly underserved, a footnote to the grand modern era of the Superhero Movie. The biggest blockbusters every year have “Avengers” in their titles, or something to do with the Avengers, and neither hide nor hair has really been seen of poor Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben.