Five paths the Fox reboot should take to compete at the box office
2. Find the Right Tone
The "Fantastic Four" has always been a book more steeped in science fiction than superhero tropes -- which is ironic, because it was "FF" that kicked off the Marvel Universe. As such, the new film, while maintaining its superhero roots, should embrace the science in its fiction to help differentiate itself from the rest of the superhero pack; more "Doctor Who" than "The Avengers," more "Flash Gordon" than "The Dark Knight." The movie needs to embrace its inherent wackiness, to proudly portray the insane elements and characters from the FF's history. A major element of the "FF" comic has always been its freewheeling sense of humor. Between Reed's cluelessness to anything but advanced science, Ben and Johnny's constant banter and supporting characters like Willie Lumpkin and H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot, "FF" has never shied away from the whimsical. Let DC and Warner Bros. do bleak and somber. Any "Fantastic Four" film, any real "Fantastic Four" film, must know how to balance the wacky with the intense, the power of family in the face of Armageddon. Whether it was during the Lee and Kirby era, the John Byrne years, Walt Simonson run or the time of Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo, "Fantastic Four" has always tonally stood out from the rest of the Marvel Universe, and any successful "FF" film will reflect this same approach.