With the performance of the last film, it seems highly unlikely that fans would ever get a shot at seeing a Fantastic Four 2. Miles Teller, the latest Reed Richards, doesn’t let that keep him from dreaming of a sequel. In fact, he would be happy to make that happen. In an interview with JoBlo, he discussed all things Mr. Fantastic and how he enjoyed playing him. He’d certainly be willing to do it again.
“Yeah, for sure. I loved the cast, I loved the characters. I think it’s such an interesting dynamic. I love how much they really need to rely on each other. This Avengers thing, they’ve kind of created their own Fantastic Four in a way, Marvel’s first family. Their powers can’t just exist on their own, you need Thor to do this, the Hulk to do his thing. So yeah, absolutely, I would do another one.”
Teller goes on to talk about how he loved the character of Reed Richards. However, the reaction of critics and fans alike has left a bad taste in his mouth when it comes to superhero movies in general. Teller goes on to talk about the importance of directors to films, and about how important it has been for him to act in all genres and choosing roles.
“I can honestly say I’ve never just done something for money; I’d be really embarrassed for something like that to come out, that I had no attachment to the character, no attachment to the script. It takes a while before you’re only working with the best directors, nobody’s career is flawless.”
What makes this interview particularly current is the fact that last week’s Suicide Squad has once again been critically panned. Despite a strong opening week that saw it break the August record according to Box Office Mojo, the win seems to likely to be short lived. In fact, early box office estimates seem to think Suicide Squad could see a second week decline of more than 65 percent.
This puts Suicide Squad in a similar position as the other major DC Comics movie this year, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. After a very strong opening weekend this past March, it fell a whopping 69.1 percent in the second week. It failed to reach the magic $1 billion mark that the Marvel counterpart Avenger movies achieved.
The disappointment that was Batman vs. Superman prompted executives at Warner Bros. to change the direction of the DC film franchises. In May, the film company promoted comic book writer Geoff Johns to the newly created DC Films. Johns along with executive vice president Jon Berg will oversee the entire DC Film Universe for the foreseeable future.
While Suicide Squad and Batman vs. Superman did see some financial success early on, Fox Studios can’t say the same about its latest take on the Fantastic Four. The movie was marred from the beginning with problems. It was so bad that rumors abounded that director Josh Trank was pulled off of a Star Wars project because of it. Trank inturn criticized the release of Fantastic Four claiming the final product was not the vision he intended.
This was the second opportunity Fox has had to try to make something of the Fantastic Four. With the problems surrounding this last version, it is highly unlikely we will see Fantastic Four 2. Miles Teller hopes of playing Reed Richards again are not likely to happen.
This begs the question, “Is the Fantastic Four a viable franchise?” Should Fox play ball with Disney in a similar fashion that Sony has with Spider-man?
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