20th Century Fox wants to expand its superhero success beyond the X-Men and Wolverine franchises. The Fantastic Four are the elusive heroes who almost delivered a great second franchise, but the self-parody in the first two films really undermined any success potential. The new Fantastic Four reboot is going into a totally different direction. The emphasis is going to be on moody seriousness.
A bold new direction is being taken with the reboot. The theme focuses on grounding the heroes to reality and trying to present the inherent dangers of being discoverers in brave new worlds. Will the film work? As long as the feature does not stray too far from the themes that make science-fiction appealing, how could it?
The concern here is whether or not audiences will turn out in large numbers. Superhero movies are hot, but there have been a host of disappointments such as Green Lantern and Catwoman. Granted, those two films were sunk by poor scripts. Hopefully, Fantastic Four ends up having a solid screenplay brought to life on screen.