10 Directors Who Knew Their Movies Were Ridiculous

8. Josh Trank - Fantastic Four

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Despite being one of the most popular comic book series in the world, the Fantastic Four has had a series of misses when it comes to feature film adaptations. The first attempt was never released, and it was only made so the studio could hang onto the rights.

There were a couple of adaptations that had some big money behind them in 2005 and 2007. While those movies weren't necessarily terrible, they didn't achieve much buzz. The franchise came back swinging in 2015 as a reboot, and by most accounts, it was utterly terrible.

Fantastic Four, or stylized as Fant4stic, was a massive flop when it was released. The film lost around $100 million for 20th Century Fox, and soon after it was released, the people involved began blaming one another for the failure. Director Josh Trank was incredibly vocal about the studio's interference with his vision the week it came out:

"A year ago, I had a fantastic version of this. And it would've received great reviews. You'll probably never see it. That's reality though."

The cut that did make it to screens was incoherent, poorly executed, and ridiculously boring, which are words that shouldn't describe a comic book movie. Trank didn't help matters when he Tweeted his disgust at studio executives before anyone had an opportunity to see the movie, which he clearly despised.


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