Friday, December 01, 2006
Okay, I hated The Fantastic Four film, and I am less than excited about the sequel. Don't get me wrong, I loved the comic book. It's just that the film was an absurd translation. I think the thing that most annoyed me was how the filmmakers took one of Marvel's greatest villians, Dr. Doom, and turned him into a stereotype. The only thing they didn't do was have him shake his fist at the sky and bark. But enough about that...I am continuing here the theme of fantastic vehicles...
The Fantasticar will make its appearance in the upcoming film (along with Galactica and Surfer---I shudder to think...but never mind). The vehicle, pictured above comes from a USA Today story with a picture by Michael Miller at Twentieth Century Fox. If you want to read the article, go here: http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2006-11-29-fantasticar_x.htm .
The fantasticar is a supervehicle thanks to the scientific genius of Reed Richards. It's a large, blocky bit of gear first envisioned by Jack Kirby, a man who painted with his fists and never dreamed of subtlety. It could fly at five hundred miles an hour and soar well above the city. Here is a picture of the unveiling of a newer version of the machine, drawn by Kirby himself.
I want to be excited about it, but again, based on the first film, I am cynical. It's my guess that it will be a fun and explosive bit of machinery, something that can stir audiences and give them the sort of thirll that they enjoyed when they first sat back in Return of the Jedi and watched the speeder chase through the forests of Endor.