... but the more I hear about Josh Trank's reworking of The Fantastic Four, the more I'm convinced it's going to be a train wreck.
My background as a film reviewer (both professional and amateur) taught me long ago about the dangers of prejudging a film, especially when you haven't seen a second of footage.
But when you start reading comments from people who are actually in the film, and you see interviews like the ones below, you can't help but wonder if (a) they have all been primed to bullshit about the movie as a smokescreen concealing some incredibly inventive - and secretive - masterpiece or (b) it's really going to be a steaming pile of bull shit.
Trank's Chronicle was an inspired piece of filmmaking, but it was very much its own thing and - if the stories are to be believed - it sounds like he is trying to repeat his one-trick and catch lightning in a bottle again.
But Chronicle isn't The Fantastic Four.
And Doctor Doom isn't "an anti-social blogger who uses the handle 'Doom'". He is the most iconic villain in Marvel Comics' portfolio. He is the monarch of Latveria. And his name is Victor Von Doom (not Victor Domashev, for crying out loud!)
Just read the following quote from Stan The Man (about his favourite villainous creation), from Stan Lee's Amazing Marvel Universe:
What did Doctor Doom really want? He wanted to rule the world. Now, think about this. You could walk across the street against a traffic light and get a summons for jaywalking, but you could walk up to a police officer and say "I want to rule the world," and there's nothing he can do about it, that is not a crime. Anybody can want to rule the world. So, even though he was the Fantastic Four's greatest menace, in my mind, he was never a criminal!Does that sound like an irate blogger?
Good grief! What is wrong with people? It's not that difficult - just look at the movies coming out of the Marvel Studios. With The Fantastic Four, you've got the greatest team of adventurers, explorers and scientists in comic books with an enormous, multiverse-spanning mythology and this is what you come up with?
What we appear to be getting is so far removed from the source material that the biggest lie is calling it a Fantastic Four movie. It may well be an incredible science-fiction movie in the end, but it just doesn't sound like it's going to be a Fantastic Four movie.
Stop trying to be edgy and clever, stop thinking your version of these characters is better than that portrayed by 54 years-worth of authors (including the creators of the characters) and tell the story you were hired to tell...
It really is that simple: if you're not going to tell the story of The Fantastic Four, don't call your film The Fantastic Four and don't call your characters Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm.
But if you do, then do it right.