I've written more than once about sustaining optimism for the upcoming Fantastic Four sequel. I know many of you True Believers find this a difficult proposition, and I don't blame you. While I didn't dislike the first film as strongly as many of you did, I will fully admit it came nowhere close to fulfilling my (perhaps far too lofty) expectations. As a long-time reader of The World's Greatest Comic Magazine, I wanted so much more than director Tim Story gave me. Nonetheless, I refuse to give up hope for the Four. I saw promise in the first film, and I enjoyed watching it despite the shortcomings.
I want part two to be better. Maybe this strong desire has lead me to over-optimism. In fact, I'm sure it has. However, I'm willing to buy into it for a time, and let myself believe the denizens of the Baxter building will be as fantastic as their name intones. Are there reasons to worry? Sure there are -- you can think of any number of them yourself. Yet, there ARE a few good reasons to be hopeful. In that spirit, The Geek Beat brings to you five good reasons to look forward to the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: ol>
- Doug Jones is, sadly, a wonderful under-appreciated actor. The addition of Doug Jones to your geek movie instantly raises the cool factor, even if he's only doing bodywork for CGI layover. I have no idea if they'll let him do voice work in this film, but I seriously hope they do. I kid you not, I can't get enough Doug Jones.
- The Silver Surfer. True Believers know and adore the Surfer as one of the greats in the Marvel pantheon. Choosing to showcase him in the Fantastic Four franchise is a great decision, as his comic book debut occurred in their pages.
Do these things add up to a great movie? Certainly not. The vast majority of everything lies with Tim Story's ability to correct some of the major blunders he made last time and create a much better film all around. We don't know if he can or will do that. However, these five items do represent some strong positives, and present at least the possibility for potential. Hopefully, we can add to the list as time goes on.