President of Production at Fox Emma Watts recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss multiple things, but one of the most interesting was Josh Trank’s reboot of Fantastic Four and how it will have a Chronicle feel.
After Pamela McClintock of The Hollywood Reporter and Emma Watts finished talking about Days of Future Past and Bryan Singer, McClintock asked, “Are you concerned there will be superhero burnout at some point?” Which led the conversation to Trank’s Fantastic Four and his style that he will bring to the reboot.
Not so far. Certainly the audience seems to still be really enjoying it. We’re making a big bet for 2015 with The Fantastic Four and director Josh Trank. To me, the key is the originality of the filmmakers and the choices they make. Josh is another really interesting example, who is using the vision he gave us in Chronicle to reinvent a franchise he’s loved his whole life. It’s not that you can’t make original ideas — you can, and we did it with Chronicle. The director is the key to not letting superhero movies go stale. That’s the truth.
Watts’s last point about the director being the key for the superhero genre is one that I believe is unbelievably true. Companies can change up the faces on screen, give them new powers, or put them on the new planet, but if the movie looks the same, has the same pacing, and follows the same story arc that is when the genre will start to phase out. Which is why it was so upsetting to see Edgar Wright walkout on Ant-Man. Wright brings a different filmmaking style than Marvel has presented with each of their films and him doing a superhero movie could have brought more variation into the genre and given it a new life that could have propelled it forward in the years to come.
Those are my thoughts, but what are yours? Does Josh Trank bringing his style of filmmaking, which is different than other superhero films we have seen, to Fantastic Four excite you? Thoughts about directors and superhero movies? Sound off in the comments below!