10 "Awful" Comic Book Movies Worth A Second Chance
8. Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer
Fox's first attempt at bringing the Fantastic Four to cinemas with director Tim Story is not well-regarded at all. The sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, is also similarly not very well-regarded. Primarily because of the decision to render world-devourer Galactus not as a towering humanoid being, but as some sort of sentient cloud (no doubt inspired by Warren Ellis' reinvention of the character as Gah Lak Tus as a swarm of sentient ships in the Ultimate Galactus trilogy). But even with the terrible version of Galactus, Rise of the Silver Surfer does deserve some props. For one, we get more of the dynamic between the Thing and the Human Torch, and Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans both do such a wonderful job as those characters and clearly have so much fun in the roles. By this point, Ioan Gruffudd has also grown into his role as Mr. Fantastic and feels a lot more like the Reed Richards from the comic book. The combination of Doug Jones as the Silver Surfer with Laurence Fishburne providing the voice makes for a great debut of the character, including a great chase sequence involving the Surfer and the Torch. The movie is also notable because for what seems like the first time since Superman: The Movie, you've got superheroes who actually like being superheroes. Like most movies on this list, Rise of the Silver Surfer is not without its flaws. I already mentioned the Galactus fiasco. The power-swapping was also a bit forced and both Jessica Alba and especially Julian McMahon are terribly, terribly, terribly miscast as the Invisible Woman and Doctor Doom, respectively.
Percival Constantine is the author of several novels and short stories, including the Vanguard superhero series, and regularly writes and comments on movies, comics, and other pop culture. More information can be found at his website, PercivalConstantine.com