So news broke that the Inhumans would be, partially, taking place on the MOON! I have not been this excited about a setting since, well, ever. I was there [see image above] when the Fantastic Four, helped save Attilan by transporting it to the Moon. Specifically the “Blue Area” on the moon. Where there were ruins of an ancient civilization, surrounded by a pocket of atmosphere. These were the same ruins where the X-Men battled the Imperial Shiar Guard over the fate of Jean Grey. Jean, sacrificed herself, but she wasn’t the actual Jean Grey… THAT is another story.
Anyhow, this story is one of the best that John Byrne ever penned, and drew. I know that it is far too much to ask that Fox give the FF back to Marvel for a proper tale of the Inhumans, but just the fact that there will be some Lunar action gives me hope that the true Inhumans will make an appearance in the MCU.
Today at the Quantum Multiverse (Not So Secret) Headquarters, we are screening the 1994 film by Roger Corman. Fantastic Four. It’s a movie that wasn’t meant to be seen by the general public. Marvel, supposedly, bought the film out and tried to erase it from history. This was after that horrible attempt at Thor in the Hulk TV movie, The Incredible Hulk Returns and the poor showing of the first Captain America movie.
You see, comic book movies filled with self-loathing superheroes just suck. If you have to change a property so much that you can’t recognize it from the source material then you may as well come up with something original. Well, perhaps that is far too much to be asking. If those who produce a film have nothing but disdain for its origins then how can anybody possibly enjoy the outcome. Not everybody has gotten the memo yet… It’s the age of the Geek and Geeks HAVE inherited the earth.
Mr. Corman’s movie doesn’t take itself to seriously and it has a very comic book feel to it. It is like a fan film love letter addressed to all fans, everywhere. I first was exposed to this film via Wizard Magazine, waaaay back when. It seemed like a great idea. I was a bit hung up on the outfits and the Thing. You see, my true fandom for the first family of Marvel comics was in the 6th grade (1981 – 1982) during John Byrne’s run as the artist and writer of the title. It was incredible. I used to watch the cartoon with the Human Torch replacement robot, H.E.R.B.I.E. As a kid, it was ok. I didn’t see the old Fantastic Four cartoon from the 60’s until later in my 6th grade year and I really liked that as well. I found out that many of the episodes had their origins in Jack Kirby & Stan Lee stories.
I digress. Where were we? Ah, yes… Fantastic 1994. Well, it wasn’t until 1998 or 1999 when, at a Comic Book Convention in Sacramento (CA), I purchased my first bootleg copy of this movie on VHS. The quality wasn’t all that great and the effects were very unpolished. I had the snooty fan-boy blinders on and made my mind up that it was a crappy film. It embarasses me to think about how shallow I was. Instead of celebrating something, that I never thought would be live action, for its high points.
This brings me to today. Here, in my livingroom… err, I mean HEADQUATERS, watching this movie again for the fourth or fifth time. It really is the most faithful live-action adaptation of the material. Mr. Corman walks the fine line between presenting his vision and staying true to the spirit of the comics.
If you have not seen this film yet, I would recommend it. Don’t just dismiss it outright because of the images, rumors or what some angry nerd told you at the comic book shop, once. Sure, The effects are not really the best, Johnny doesn’t go full Torch until the end (and when he does… well… it isn’t that bad for 1994), Ben is in a rubber suit that utilised TMNT tech to animate the face, and Ben does turn back into his flesh and blood form when Alicia Masters professes her love for him. Get over all of that, and whatever else. Victor Von Doom is right out of the comics and there are so many other awesome things that this film has to offer.
So Fox is remaking Big Trouble in Little China. What? Who the FU… oh wait, with who? The Rock??? Oh HELL YES! I am in. Now, while I am usually one of the first to bemoan the lack of creativity in Hollywood, this film and Dwayne Johnson just fits.
Due to circumstances out of my control, I am always tardy to the party. Having only recently viewed X-Men: Days of Future Past, I have to say that I am very impressed with the way they re-wrote that Claremont/Bryne classic X-Men tale. Some things still didn’t make sense but over all it was a great story and good action. I really can’t wait until X-Men: Apocalypse. After Singer’s first X-Men movie I’ve learned to have an open mind about how comic book favorites are translated to the big screen. Are there things that I would like to see differently? Sure, of course, but I choose my battles more carefully now and try to avoid knee-jerk reactions to such trivial things now. As long as it is entertaining then sign me up. So bring it Mr. Signer… even though I don’t like your vision of Superman, you have a great idea of how the X-Men should be portrayed and have capture that essence of the mutant struggle.
EXCLUSIVE: Fox has just closed a deal with Bryan Singer to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, the next installment of its billion-dollar Marvel mutants franchise. This will be Singer’s fourth installment as director; he hatched the franchise with the first two films for Fox, and came back to direct this year’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past. That latter film, which meshed the original trilogy cast with the one from X-Men: First Class, grossed $746 million worldwide, the most of any of the films. Singer’s participation in the new film had been rumored, but his deal is now done.
The new film is being scripted by Simon Kinberg from a story written by Singer, Kinberg, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Singer and Lauren Shuler Donner are producing with Kinberg and Hutch Parker. Production begins early next year, and the film will be released May 27, 2016.
This is just my open post to the big three owners of Marvel Character properties in the film industry. Even more targeted than that, I would address the powers that be at those studios.
Dear Mrs., Ms., or Mr. executive,
Do you like to make obscene amounts of money? More money than you could possibly imagine? If the answer is yes, and I know that it is… then join forces and make epic cross-over films. The Avengers, Fantastic Four, Spiderman and the X-Men are huge properties by themselves but mix them together and you will have a potent recipe for making the kind of box office returns that you could only dream about. Who cares about top billing or which company takes lead on the project… ego and business should never mix. Even Hugh Jackman would love to have a cross-over film. Allow Marvel to take the reigns and the rest of you can sit back and reap the profit.
Don’t get me started on even larger cross-overs with Warner Bros. A JLA vs. Avengers film would just be too mind blowing, if done correctly.
These are pretty bad and a tad bit over designed. The only one that works is Magneto. Ororo’s outfit is the worst of them all. It fails in its attempt to conjure the feeling of a torrential storm and reminds us more of Aquaman’s failed design from the mid 80’s.
Not that I have a lack of faith in WB/CW new ability to bring quality super heroes to TV but Hourman? Hourman is not the property I would have chosen to expand the DC Universe’s foot hold in America’s living rooms each week. I think it is safe to say that Hourman will have one ability and it won’t be granted via a pill that he takes. That power will be the ability to see an hour into the future. Super speed and super strength will not be touched, that can be almost guaranteed. If they make the character out to be a legacy hero, like the son of the original Hourman then I would be cool with him having one power. Otherwise I would view this in the same vein as the old Fox show, Mutant X… a show that has nothing to do with its original concepts.