I remember seeing a trailer for the 2015 incarnation of "Fantastic Four" and recognizing Kate Mara from "House of Cards" and Michael B. Jordan from all sorts of projects. I shared it excitedly with a friend and thought, "Wow, this is great. They are finally going to get the Fantastic Four right." Then I never really saw or heard anything about the movie again until I watched it this weekend. Needless to say, they didn't exactly get it right.
Sometimes a movie gets made just because the studio has the rights to the characters. And chances are good that if that movie has any potential to be a franchise, it's going to spawn a sequel. That seems to be the motivation behind "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer".
A month after "Batman Begins" released, a new entry tested the still mostly uncharted waters of live action comic book movies. This was not a reboot of a well-established franchise like Batman or Superman, nor was it one of the most well-known Marvel properties such as Spider-Man or X-Men. Instead, it was a group of characters that was relatively unknown outside loyal comic book readers and people who grew up watching the cartoon on Saturday mornings. Of course, the first word of the group's name really raised expectations, probably beyond what was reasonable.