Here Comes the Next Screw-Up of This Easy Concept

Well, we haven’t seen John Lassiter’s name floating around this project, so in the interest of “this will have to do for now,” comes word that the director of A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place 2 and Emily Blunt’s husband, recently expressed middling interest in playing the superhero version of Jack Ryan while shilling for his new film.

From the delicate geniuses at Reddit. It’s not horrible, but it’s also not creative.

From the trades:

“You’re like, ‘Do you have any interest in not shattering people’s dreams?’ I would love to be in the Marvel universe. I love those movies because they’re fun, but I also think they’re really well done. And certainly a lot of my friends are in those movies. I have no idea what [Marvel] are thinking. But if they are considering me for Mr. Fantastic, continue to consider me because I would love it.”

He has no idea what the MCU is doing with Fantastic Four. And he’s in good company on that one at least, because we don’t either.

By the way, he doesn’t want to direct a Marvel film, for whatever reason an overrated auteur with minimal talent and a penchant for lucky breaks might have for not wanting to direct a Marvel film.

“Oh man, directing one of those things? I don’t think I’m your guy. But if I was to act in one? I’d have so much fun.”

The Casting Is Less Interesting Than the Writer and Director

It used to be that, for superhero films, fantasy films, or fantasy-adventure films, the casting was the only thing that mattered.

Partially, this was because film was primarily a visual medium and the visuals in what were formerly known as “high concept” films, were the primary driver to get audiences into the theater.

Fantastic Four is not a hard concept to execute. It’s a family superhero film. Like this one.

But now, well, we are surrounded by the visual, and the average film consumer can get their visual fix anytime they want for such “high concept” genres.

It’s the writers, directors, and the production companies in this case, Disney, that matter more for determining the focus, direction, or range of these films in our present-day.

Which means, in our time of Progressive culture warriors, SJWs pushing agendas, and corporate shill machines pushing visual garbage everywhere through every visual medium possible, the trouble with getting any interest in Fantastic Four off the ground has nothing to do with casting and everything to do with writing, directing, and producing.

No, you didn’t Josh. You never did. The concept was beyond your talents. Somehow….

What Are We To Make of All of This?

Until there is a firm announcement about a director or writer for a potential Fantastic Four film, we will pay attention to the end of film “stingers” and set-ups for future Marvel film projects with their First Superhero Family with as much interest as anyone else.

Casting visuals don’t sell Fantastic Four. The story does.

But we won’t make too much of minor casting rumors, from shill entertainment media outlets interviewing actor-directors elevated above their talent level, unless they look like they’re going to pan out into something firm.