Peyton Reed Talks What Went Wrong With Fantastic Four And How To Fix It


Peyton Reed crafted a successful little film this summer with Ant-Man, which is something almost no one is saying about another summer 2015 super hero flick: Fantastic Four.

Reed recently weighed in on Fantastic Four and what caused it to be such a mess. "Fantastic Four in the comics was always the pinnacle of Marvel, the crown jewel — they were the first family of Marvel Comics,” Reed told Yahoo. “The two existing versions did massive pendulum swings from each other. One was very pitched toward younger kids and very broad, and the second was a much darker version of it. I just personally feel like they have not gotten the tone right. And man, it’s a bummer. I think the tone has got to be one of optimism, and you’ve got to take it seriously.”

Reed says he would "love" to tackle a Fantastic Four film one day but for now, is contently focused on developing Ant-Man and The Wasp.

His final bit of advice for anyone who attempts to helm the inevitable next Fantastic project is to find the sweet spot with those visuals. "I think they haven’t really gotten Mr. Fantastic’s powers right visually on screen,” the director said. “I think there’s some really badass ways to make that [character] work. I just know there’s a great Fantastic Four movie to be had. I’m convinced that it can work."

Peyton Reed's Ant-Man is available on DigitalHD download November 17 and DVD/blu-ray December 8, 2015.