Fantastic Four is receiving the kind of blistering reviews usually reserved for an Adam Sandler movie. Rotten Tomatoes calls it "dull and downbeat… a woefully misguided attempt to translate a classic comic series without the humor, joy, or colorful thrills that made it great."
So it's not too surprising that Fantastic Four's director, 31-year-old Josh Trank, would go on Twitter to distance himself from his movie. "A year ago I had a fantastic version of this," Trank wrote in a hangdog tweet. "And it would've received great reviews. You'll probably never see it. That's reality though."
Trank quickly deleted the post, though it was saved and retweeted by others, including Uproxx's Mike Ryan:
And Josh Trank deleted his tweet. Good news, I still have it. The oral history lives: pic.twitter.com/AnZQ6ilM9r
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) August 7, 2015
The Daily Beast writes that the tweet "marked a rare public statement from the embattled 31-year-old director, who's denied reports that his erratic behavior and messy dogs caused drama during filming on Fantastic Four and lost him a high-profile gig directing the next Star Wars standalone flick. Trank (with Simon Kinberg and Jeremy Slater) also wrote the $122 million blockbuster, which mounts a promising ensemble character drama before completely falling apart in a hot mess of truncated plot and empty CGI action."