It is an open secret that I love Kevin Smith so much that I even look like him (that is just more of a coincidence but still true). When he had Josh Trank on his show Fat Man on Batman for 3 Episodes telling us all about how great the new Fant4stic movie would be I listened and hope sprung up in my heart. I have yet to see an iteration of the Fantastic Four that excites me as much as what I read growing up. I saw the Sci-fi take on this property and thought that it would be a good take to bring Marvel ’s First Family into the modern age of cinema. I listened to Josh Trank pour out his love for comics and how he brought in Jeremy Slater as a co-writer bringing some serious FF credentials. I loved the story of how a broke kid living on couches made it big in a tough industry with a short video called Stabbing at Leia’s 22nd Birthday Party. He went on work on Big Fan and then make Chronicle. Josh Trank was on the road to the big time but he didn’t expect to go as big as the Fantastic Four. Over 4 hours of listening time was devoted to listening to Kevin Smith and Josh Trank hash out the story of his life and I became a fan. I went from saying that I would wait for Fant4stic to come out on streaming to talking about going to see it in theaters. If anyone can sympathize with Trank about the box office returns not being what he and the studio expected Kevin Smith is the man to do it. The difference is that Smith owned his Walrus sized bomb and Trank distanced himself from it. I know that Smith was self-producing and Trank was working for a big studio. I have no doubt that Fox helped destroy a good movie as they have done in the past. I was disappointed when I read what Josh Trank had to say on Twitter.
It was deleted later but the Internet never forgets. When talking to Smith I heard a man who was excited about what he had made and I doubt that in the three weeks between when he spoke on that podcast and when the movie hit theaters there were any major changes made to it. Josh Trank knew what his movie was going into that interview and sold it to the fans, the real comic fans that listen to podcasts just to hear their heroes talk about what they love. He had a chance to say that what he made was co-opted by the studios and didn’t, the closest he came was saying that production notes came from the top. Is it fair of him to sell us a bill of goods and then say it wasn’t his? I don’t think so. He made the movie and he should own it no matter who had a say in it. I will not be as quick to trust his work in the future. I would have given him the benefit of the doubt if he told us to wait for the Director’s Cut but all he did is ding-dong-ditch that turd on the moviegoers’ doorstep. I know fans are quick to jump all over something that is perceived as bad and I feel that we should each reserve judgment until we see it but I will not be shelling out my $10 to see a movie that the director won’t own.
Tags: Fantastic Four, Fant4stic, Josh Trank, Kevin Smith, Marvel, Fox, Legion of Leia