Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four is considered one of the worst superhero films of all time by critics and fans alike. It grossed $56.1 million in North America, earned a worldwide total of $167.9 million and currently sits at 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Over the years, Trank has taken multiple hits over his handling of the film. However, according to the director, he is not the only one to blame.
In an interview with Variety, Trank took responsibility for the film’s failure but also noted that he was not the only one working on the movie.
“As far as my own level of responsibility in the film turning out to be a disaster and not working, I was absolutely responsible,” he said. “But so was everybody else. When I was in the middle of the situation, it was very clear that everybody was doing the wrong thing. When the stories started to come out, I was the designated fall guy.”
Trank also believes that the media mischaracterized what happened with the film behind the scenes.
“I felt that there was a deep level of mischaracterization in the media about what was going on with the film,” he said. “They said I wasn’t communicating with people and didn’t want to play by the rules. I was described as working against everybody else’s wishes in a way that was destructive. When I read that, I thought, ‘OK, well I would believe that story if I didn’t know me because it sounds plausible.’ But that’s not what I remembered. What I remembered was I was being overly communicative. I have no problem communicating, and I’ve never had a problem communicating. That’s why I got Chronicle greenlit when I didn’t have much work to my name. The problem was I was communicating ideas that didn’t mesh well with everybody else’s.”
Trank’s film was released in 2015. While there were reports of spinoff films and talks of a sequel, the merger between Disney and Fox ultimately put an end that era of the franchise. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has since confirmed that the team will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Directed by Josh Trank, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg, Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey and Tim Blake Nelson.
Fantastic Four director Josh Trank said that he is not the only one to blame for the film's failures.