Hawley's Doctor Doom Film

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  1. R_Hythlodeus Nerd Supreme

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    and still the *****ty old studio that brought us Fant4stic or Elektra behind it
     
  2. MbJ Registered

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    And?

    And Logan and Deadpool, both of which I enjoyed quite a bit more than several recent MCU entries (Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and Guardians 2 mostly).
     
  3. SomeOldGuy Registered

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    Meh. Sounds like vaporware atm. Wake me up when it gets a budget and a shooting schedule.
     
  4. Zarex Registered

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    I get its hard for some people to grasp, but FF fans - yes, we exist! - want the First Family in the MCU for a number of reasons other than the opportunity to have Ben Grimm punch the Hulk (though that would be wonderful). The tone of Feige's cinematic universe fits the FF perfectly, the studio has shown they can successfully reboot damaged characters, and the FF is the perfect franchise to lead the connected universe after Avengers 4. It's disheartening to think that won't be the case.

    And while Hawley's talented, we heard the EXACT...SAME....THING about Mr. Trank (who actually directed a successful film!) a few years back. I don't know how Doom works as a solo "hero" - is Noah going the "Dracula: Unbound" route and attempting to humanize the monster? That didn't work out too well for Universal. And will FOX commit the budget to allow him to envision Noah's great idea? The studio's track record says "no".
     
  5. NealKenneth Registered

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    Exactly.

    My favorite Doom stories don't even involve the Fantastic Four. That would be his teamup with Doctor Strange and when he and Iron Man went back in time. Maybe Hawley could make a great Doom origin film...but if that's the case why doesn't he wait a few years and do it in the MCU?
     
  6. MbJ Registered

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    I don't know why people have it in their heads that "protagonist" means "hero." Like, has nobody ever seen Scarface? The Godfather? Breaking Bad? Game of Thrones? The Americans? Dexter? GoodFellas? Casino? Reservoir Dogs?

    Contrary to what some people seem to think, it's entirely possible to tell a compelling story about a villain, and has successfully been pulled off quite a few times.

    Doom having a "humanized" origin goes all the way back to the old FF annual from Lee and Kirby where they showed his traumatic childhood and the persecution he and his family suffered for being Roma. That plus the infamous story about him trying to rescue his mother's soul from damnation are already makings for a compelling backstory.

    Books of Doom deals heavily with all that as well and would actually be a pretty good basis for a Doom solo movie.
     
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  7. Iron_Stark Pepperony 3000

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    Anything to hold on to the rights.

    I can't wait until this is another complete and utter failure
     
  8. MessiahDecoy123 Psychological Anarchist

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    The problem with making Doom an anti-hero you root for is you're supposed to go back to hating him when he appears in the FF reboot.

    That kind of weakens the protagonists in FF.

    The Thing - "It's clobbering time!"

    Audience - "C'mon guys, he's just a self-made revolutionary leader with a tough childhood who's just trying to save his mom's soul."
     
  9. David H. We’re not owed anything.

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    Echoing what's being said here - I wish they'd gone all the way with this and had given FF to Hawley.

    A 60s set movie from the creator of Fargo and Legion?

    A** in seat.
     
  10. Sithborg Oooh, plot twist!

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    So, having a sympathetic villain is bad now?

    I must totally be misreading the reviews of Homecoming then...
     
  11. dax Registered

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    Why can't FOX make a Silver Surfer movie instead? It has better potential than a Dr. Doom movie and it's a stupid idea to give the main villain of the Fantastic 4 his own movie but not including the Fantastic 4 themselves.

    It's like doing a Lex Luthor movie without Superman in it.
     
  12. MessiahDecoy123 Psychological Anarchist

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    You really don't get it.

    There's no X-men movie that looks like it needs Spider-man, Iron Man, Hulk, or Dr. Strange interacting with them.

    While they all would fit like a glove inside a Fantastic Four movie.

    Deadpool and Logan benefited greatly by including X-men characters and mythos. Imagine if different studios had the rights to different X-men.

    You destroy countless storytelling opportunities.

    Logan absolutely needed Professor X and the X-men legacy to enrich the story and layer the tragedy and themes.
     
  13. Incrediblejeff Still Incredible

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    I actually could see a potential good movie out of that.
     
  14. R_Hythlodeus Nerd Supreme

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    or a Venom movie without Spid...wait
     
  15. Zarex Registered

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    We're not talking about serialized storytelling in which our hero devolves into a monster over a number of seasons. We're also not talking about gangsters. We're talking about a Romani born peasant who becomes a powerful mystic and super-scientist permanently clad in a high tech suit of armor. The degree of difficulty is a tad higher in this one.


    It certainly makes for an excellent bonus story in a Fantastic Four Giant Sized Annual. But as a feature? I'm not seeing it.

    Great villains (and many a hero - see X Men Origins: Wolverine) work best when their tragic backstories are at least partially clouded in mystery. Seeing Anakin evolve from whiney teen to cyborg monster diminishes the character just as similar efforts with Dracula and Hannibal Lechter provided information in the untold story that really should have been left untold. I don't see this any different with Victor.
     
  16. MbJ Registered

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    Yeah I'm frankly mystified by this complaint. A good villain should generally have some element of humanity to them to at least make you understand why they do the horrible things they do.
     
  17. R_Hythlodeus Nerd Supreme

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    I have no problem wit a Doctor Doom movie per se, it's just those morons in charge that I don't trust to get it right
     
  18. MbJ Registered

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    Not really seeing how. The protagonist setting out with noble intentions and becoming twisted and corrupted until he's no better than the very people he set out to destroy in the first place is quite a common literary theme.

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    Really? Because I do. Books of Doom is excellent and frequently is included on lists of best Doctor Doom stories.
     
  19. R_Hythlodeus Nerd Supreme

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    It is, but do you trust FOX in adapting it? Do you see anything in Hawleys previous work that screams he's the right guy to do it in tone or theme?

    I don't
     
  20. Zarex Registered

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    And we've seen it in the Star Wars prequels, Dracula Untold, Hannibal Rising, etc. Villain backstories don't make for great cinema.
     
  21. MbJ Registered

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    Yup. Fargo especially. He's very good at crafting villain characters who are despicable yet you can still understand and even root for at times. Bokeem Woodbine's character was probably one of my favorites.

    And I just listed off a crap load of movies about villains that do make for great cinema. The Godfather is frequently cited as one of the best films ever made, and it is essentially the story of a sweet kid who becomes a brutal villain after the murder of his older brother.
     
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  22. MessiahDecoy123 Psychological Anarchist

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    You have a point.

    Magneto also qualifies.

    But Magneto had a common challenge with the X-men.

    The Vulture had a common challenge with Peter Parker.

    What makes Doom sympathetic has nothing to do with the challenges the FF face.

    So I'm not sure how making Doom sympathetic enriches the rivalry between the FF.
     
  23. MessiahDecoy123 Psychological Anarchist

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    A Lex Luthor movie before a good Superman movie makes no sense.
     
  24. Incrediblejeff Still Incredible

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    Yes,but I have the belief that anything could possibly be turned into a good movie with the right people behind it.Lex Luthor is a complex enough character that you can make a great film out of him,but you would have to sacrifice a lot of comic accuracy to do so.I'm not really too attached to being accurate to source material,but I can see why other people would be.I'm just saying it would be possible to make a great film about Lex before Superman.I agree that it wouldn't make sense though (Especially since there hasn't been a good Superman film since Superman II).
     
  25. Zarex Registered

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    You listed a crap load of TV shows and movies about morally conflicted protagonists, none of which wear an heavily weaponized suit of armor and a cape. Doom: Origins or whatever the hell this thing is called probably is not going to be a gangster flick.

    And as an Italian American with a prominent mob figure in my family tree, I can say with conviction you are watching The Godfather wrong. Michael never becomes the villain, even after Fredo takes a dip with the fishes. The villains are Virgil Sollozzo, Emilio Barzini, Hyman Roth and others. But never Michael.
     

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