Fantastic Four's Josh Trank: The original films 'weren't very good'

Josh Trank

Josh Trank

'Fantastic Four' director Josh Trank has admitted he thinks the 2005 and 2007 versions of the film "weren't very good".

Josh Trank didn't like previous versions of 'Fantastic Four'

The 31-year-old director thinks Simon Kinberg's 2005 and 2007 adaptations of the comic book film - which starred Jessica Alba and Chris Evans - "weren't very good", and, for this reason, he understands why audiences are skeptical about his upcoming interpretation, starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell.

Josh said: "I get the skepticism going into it because the previous movies weren't very good. It's a very hard title to crack."

However, the screenwriter insisted that his version of the superhero movie - due for release in August - is going to be a "slugfest".

Speaking to, Josh said: "The audience should expect an epic, massive, huge, multipower slugfest. This movie is big. A lot of stakes."

While 'Fantastic Four' is Josh's first superhero movie, it isn't the first film he's directed that has included superpowers, having previously directed 'Chronicle' - which also starred Michael as one of three teenagers who discover they have kinetic powers after a freak accident - and Josh thinks the two films are linked in some way.

Josh said: "'Chronicle' was all about the discovery and evolution of those powers. ('Fantastic Four') is like, 'What if it's a couple years later and it sucks?'"

Fantastic Four

  • 2 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 106 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Josh Trank
  • Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  • UK release: 6 August 2015

This adaptation of the classic comic book delivers yet another story about how a team of superheroes develop their freakish abilities, but it's humourless, drab and filled with self-important speeches about saving the world. Tim Story's 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four films may have set the bar low, but Trank barely clears it.


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