2015's Fantastic Four remake wasn't a career highlight for director Josh Trank, and he knows it.
Those successes, among many others from Disney's distribution era of Marvel Cinematic Universe films (2012-present), have been untouchable, and famed music video director Joseph Kahn commented on their apparent invincibility.
Kahn, who's worked with pop icons like Britney Spears, Dr. Dre, Lady Gaga and 50 Cent, boldly tweeted:
"No superhero movie fails."
No superhero movie fails.— Joseph Kahn (@Joseph Kahn) 1552232142.0
Generally, his outlook on the genre is uplifting.
However, the very self-aware Fantastic Four director humorously owned up to his weakest endeavor.
@JosephKahn Hold my beer.— Josh Trank (@Josh Trank) 1552233031.0
Trank was tapped to direct Fantastic Four after his impressive turn harnessing the superhero genre with 2012's Chronicle starring Michael B. Jordan and Dane De Haan.
But Fantastic Four, starring Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), Kate Nara (Invisible Girl), and Jamie Bell (The Thing), lumbered along earning a disappointing $56 million in domestic box office sales. The movie was torn to shreds with negative reviews from both critics and audiences – including movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes offering this consensus:
"Marred by goofy attempts at wit, subpar acting, and bland storytelling, Fantastic Four is a mediocre attempt to bring Marvel's oldest hero team to the big screen."
Moviegoers laughed along with the good sport.
@MasterTainment @joshuatrank @JosephKahn Dude. I'm dying. Send 911. I can't breathe.— Chris (@Chris) 1552242242.0
@joshuatrank @JosephKahn I sincerely appreciate the honesty of this reply. Well played.— Kevin Brackett (@Kevin Brackett) 1552241530.0
@joshuatrank @JosephKahn Good on you for being a good sport. If more folks could be more like this.— Authentic Upstream (@Authentic Upstream) 1552320286.0
Trank's wit proves his capabilities were always there, and fans even consoled him by pointing out that the first half of the beleaguered movie was still pretty good.
@joshuatrank @DRMovieNews @JosephKahn The first hour was solid You were just another victim of studio interference… https://t.co/MPOGBIME8c— Nick (@Nick) 1552238200.0
One user still preferred Trank's movie over another flop that even Ryan Reynolds couldn't save.
@joshuatrank @JosephKahn *cough i liked F4 better than GREEN LANTERN cough*— rafly (@rafly) 1552233527.0
20th Century Fox may have been partly to blame, as the studio was desperately hanging on to their license of Marvel characters at the time.
Trank slammed his movie on the eve of its premiere in a now-deleted tweet.
"A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would've received fantastic reviews. You'll probably never see it. That's the reality though."
@SomeAssHat666 @joshuatrank @JosephKahn it was good till the studio interference ending— #Release the Snyder cut bvs ue is a masterpiece (@#Release the Snyder cut bvs ue is a masterpiece) 1552245927.0
@KevinRBrackett @joshuatrank @JosephKahn it's not honesty, he just takes blame from studio's actions on himself, we… https://t.co/ZIwG0BevIA— Alister Ocupney (@Alister Ocupney) 1552304130.0
@joshuatrank @JosephKahn Haha, but I actually like F4 and would’ve liked to have seen your full vision of the film.— The Credible Nerds 🤓🎤🎧 (@The Credible Nerds 🤓🎤🎧) 1552235252.0
@joshuatrank @JosephKahn Josh... You don't have to blame yourself for the film's failure. It wasn't your fault. You… https://t.co/QlDto7nfdM— Imran Hussain #ReleaseTheSnyderCut (@Imran Hussain #ReleaseTheSnyderCut) 1552258716.0
@joshuatrank @Ser_Jon_Arryn @JosephKahn Fox changed your movie,studios shouldn't be allowed to mess with directors— Sun-el(Fight continues for😎#Snydercut) (@Sun-el(Fight continues for😎#Snydercut)) 1552236605.0
@joshuatrank @JosephKahn Movie was probably only made so FOX could keep the rights, like a certain early 1990s version 😏— BeckyLynchFacts (@BeckyLynchFacts) 1552317651.0
@joshuatrank @JosephKahn Your film had a lot of potential and interesting ideas. It's a shame Fox ran over it with a lawnmower.— Kana Kawase (@Kana Kawase) 1552273067.0
There's too much trolling on the internet, but Trank's self-effacing tweet is fantastic, indeed.