Of all the upcoming superhero movies on the horizon, director Josh Trank's reboot of Fantastic Four is undisputedly one of the most maligned. Whether it's uproar over the casting decisions or miscommunication over whether or not the film's plot will be based on the comics, the adaptation has been a lightning rod for one controversy after another.
To make matters worse, Fox missed a golden opportunity to reverse the negative buzz for the project when it was not featured during their Comic-Con 2014 panel (despite rumors to the contrary). While fans were eagerly awaiting updates on the latest blockbuster movies in Hall H, Trank and his crew were apparently putting the finishing touches on principle photography, as we've now learned that production (which started in May) has concluded.
Kate Mara, who will play Sue Storm, broke the news when she tweeted the following picture of her and her co-stars Miles Teller (Reed Richards), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm), and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm) on location in Louisiana:
— Kate Mara (@_KateMara) August 2, 2014
If this announcement comes as a surprise to moviegoers following the reboot's development, that's because Fantastic Four had a relatively quiet production process. Compared to other anticipated works like Star Wars: Episode VII and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Trank did not have to deal with many set image leaks of the shoot. This can be attributed to where the Chronicle director chose to film the movie, as a majority of the scenes took place on a sound stage.
Now that Trank is moving on to post-production, fans should expect some movement on the marketing front - including pictures of the characters and a teaser trailer - in the near future. With competition such as The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman stealing the show at Comic-Con with sizzle reels and official reveals, Fox would be best served raising awareness for their property as quickly as possible (especially given that it opens in less than a year).
The franchise is also in need of some rehabilitation. After Tim Story's critically panned Fantastic Four series in the mid-2000s, both comic fans and casual moviegoers have displayed feelings of apathy toward the new take, something that could change for the better once some footage hits the web.
This wouldn't be the first time Fox had to deflect negative views on one of their Marvel films prior to it hitting theaters. Fans may recall that the rushed production of X-Men: First Class gave many fans reason to believe that the prequel/reboot would fail to redeem X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Instead, it turned out to be one of the best received outings in the franchise.
We're not saying that history will repeat itself in the case of Fantastic Four, but the studio behind the final product has already shown that they have experience with dispelling pessimistic perceptions. All it takes is a great teaser to get the fans excited.
What say you, Screen Ranters? Sound off in the comments below and let us know when you think we'll get something official regarding the Fantastic Four reboot.
Fantastic Four will be in theaters June 19, 2015.
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