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: .

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 Here is a picture of the unveiling of a newer version of the machine, drawn by Kirby himself.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.


SQT said...

The movie was a huge dissappointment. In some ways is was okay, at least as far as storybuilding goes. But it was so stereotypical and not that exciting most of the time. It had such great potential that it didn't live up to.

That could be a positive in that expectations for the second one will be low and it could actually be surprisingly good, though I don't expect that to happen. I think I'll probably end up waiting for it to show up on video unless it gets rave reviews like Casino Royal-- unlikely at best.

Stewart Sternberg said...

DOOM. The evil that Darth Vader hoped to be. DOOM. The ruler of Latvia, so vain that he hid behind an iron mask to cover a tiny imperfection in his face. DOOM. A ruler who despised himself almost as much as the world around him.

And what did they give us in the film? Nip and Tuck. I mean..really. When I heard that Doom was going to be a mutant who joined the four on their epic journey in space, I was appalled. I watched in horror as the filmmakers ruined the legend by having the mask be a manifestation of the villian's mutation.

Bad. Wretched. Awful. Tasteless. Trite. Disappointing...and that's me being kind.

Stewart Sternberg said...

by the way..Jessica Alba as Sue Storm? No.

SQT said...

Jessica Alba was all wrong as Sue Storm. That didn't even work a little bit. I liked her okay on Dark Angel, at least the attitude worked with that character. But not only was the characterization for Sue wrong, but trying to pass her and Chris Evans off as brother and sister was beyond ridiculous.

I didn't know enough about the Doom character to know how bad the character had been mangled. I remember my husband had been excited to see the movie when he had heard they were going to have him as the villian and he was so disappointed in the outcome. Now I know why.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Unfortunately, I missed the Fantastic Four movie for all those reasons you just listed, and more.

DonkeyBlog said...

Yeah, wasn't the speeder chase in Jedi awesome the first 12 times you saw it ... unlike the schnorrr-fest that was the pod race in Phantom Menace - gawd! What was that all about?

Oh, and talking about crap sequals, what happened to someone's brain that they produced X Men III?



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Crunchy Carpets said...

donkeyblog...X3 was a shitstorm is amazing that the movie is a 'good' as it is.

They were re writing this thing all along...kept adding cast and had no clue what to do with them.

But that is what happens when you change the crew behind it and politics and who is scratching who's back start to control a film.

Alex said...

They cut out Gambit. That officially pissed me off.