The Podcastic Two is episode 23 and a standalone episode covering the four Marvel Fantastic Four films. Posted 14 Sep 2015.
In 1992, the original Fantastic Four movie was produced by Constantin Films solely to retain the rights of the franchise. Shot in 22 days, the low budget film was never to be officially released (unbeknownst to the crew and the mostly Canadian cast.)
Fast forward to early aughts and superhero films are all the rage. 20th Century Fox having acquired the licensing, and after years of numerous scripts being thrown around, finally began production on the second Fantastic Four movie in 2004. Though considered a failure among critics and fans, box office sales proved enough for 2007’s sequel, Rise of the Silver Surfer. Again, it was not good.
But then in 2015 a reboot directed by Josh Trank was released among rumors of fighting and re-shoots, and guys, guess what? IT’S ALSO BAD!
In this week’s special episode, join co-hosts Griffin and David as they discuss and rank all four films and why this may be the end for Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards), Invisible Woman (Susan Storm), The Human Torch (Johnny Storm) and The Thing (Ben Grimm).
Music courtesy of John Ottman “Main Titles” & The Fantastic Four “The Whole World Is A Stage”
Milestones and Ephemera
- On Avatarland/The Second Blank Check Mailbag, David lists this as his pick for the worst episode they've ever done, reasoning that it was too much explaining, tried covering too many films in one episode, too much yelling about comic book shit, and was just "not our thing." Griffin agreed it was their "sophomore slump."
- Aloha episode: 2016
- The Podcastic Two Part Two: 2025?
- First time "blank check" is invoked? (Just after 1:07, by Griffin)
This episode was thought of at the time as a sort of sequel to Judging The Judge, being their second non-Star Wars episode, and another dry run on what the podcast might eventually become once it runs out of Star Wars movies.
- Listen on Soundcloud: 023 The Podcastic Two