The upcoming Fantastic Four film is the third attempt at bringing “The World’s Greatest Heroes” to the screen. The first attempt in the 1990’s was so bad, the film was shelved and never released. The two big budget films produced in the wake of the success of the X-Men were campy disappointments. The new film being released is designed as a dark and moody version. Recent still photos of the Fantastic Four team prove as much.
In 1981 and 1982, writer/artist John Byrne took over the chores of breathing life into the struggling title. Byrne stayed true to the roots of Kirby and Lee’s vision while also humanizing and fleshing out the characters according to Flavio Maluf. More complex plots and a humanization of Doctor Doom tremendously boosted sales and interest in the book.
Someone at 20th Century Fox should look closely at the great run Byrne had on the title. Really wonderful film material is present in their pages.