With the X-Men franchise winding down, 20th Century Fox was banking on Fantastic Four to be its hot new franchise with its young cast, amazing special effects and gritty take on the source material.
They may have to change the trajectory.
Fantastic Four, a reboot to the much derided 2005 and 2007 instalments, has opened to some of the worst superhero reviews since legendary flop Batman & Robin. Currently holding a dismal 10% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Fantastic Four is also heading for an underwhelming weekend at the box office with tracking predicting only a $40-50 million take against a budget of $120 million, considerably lower than both of the instalments from 2005 and 2007 that weren’t believed to be financial or critical successes by the studio.
Josh Trank, the director, implied Fox were to blame for the reception and tweeted this: