Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Zaki's Retro Review: Fantastic Four (2005)

L-R: Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis
Click here to read my review of 1994's The Fantastic Four

The moment that principal photography on Roger Corman's million-dollar production of The Fantastic Four commenced on December 28, 1992, the ultimate goal of license holder Bernd Eichinger was instantly fulfilled. His hold on the Fantastic Four rights were immediately extended for another ten years, meaning he could forget all about the cheapie picture Corman and Co. were toiling away on in favor of something (theoretically) more worthy of the four-color foursome's legendary reputation.

And so, with the low-budget version preemptively pulled from release in '94, Eichinger's Constantin Films and Marvel Productions quickly began development with Twentieth Century Fox on a big budget adaption. As the '90s turned into the aughts, the age of Marvel movies began. There was Blade in '98, X-Men in 2000, and, perhaps most importantly, Spider-Man in 2002, the first release to ever break the $100 opening weekend barrier. If it wasn't clear before, it was now: superheroes were very big business, and the Marvel heroes were the biggest business.

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