Big news of the day, for those of us who enjoy the media of comics and film, and the strange ground where they meet: The Fantastic Four trailer is now online for our perusal.
This is causing a little ripple through the comics blogosphere, but not much. I’m not sure if this is because the Fantastic Four doesn’t have the same hold on people that Spider-Man or the X-Men or Batman, or if folks are just feeling a little burned by comic book adaptations, and don’t want to get their hopes up after being disappointed so often. But people aren’t excited, which doesn’t bode well.
As I’ve said before, I still have a morbid curiosity to see comics on the big screen. I’ve enjoyed some Fantastic Four comics; Mark Waid & Mike Weiringo are doing some lovely work at the moment, I enjoyed the Walt Simonson run from about 10 years ago, and John Byrne’s famous run from ages ago was terrific (before he went barking mad, indicated by his forum, including his post that fired around the blogosphere, that he thought that Jessica Alba, as a Latino woman with blonde hair, looked like a hooker – I’m not making this up [EDIT: Byrne’s hidden his comments behind a registration screen]).
Admittedly, I’ve never seen the original Stan & Jack stuff from the 1960s, which suggests I’m not a completist, but I’ve sampled and have thought that the team has visually interesting powers, which would look good on the big screen, after CGI had caught up. But the trailer doesn’t fill me with anticipation, which kind of defeats the point of a ‘teaser’ trailer in the first place. I mean, if that’s the good stuff to make people go, “Whoa, I’ve got to check that out!”, what’s the rest of the film going to be like?
File under ‘Mmmm …’