Given the poor reviews for the new Fantastic Four — and, for that matter, the Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern — the first movie (or the reboot) of a super-hero no longer needs to be his origin and his first adventure.
We’ve already seen that sort of thing over and over. Unless the filmmakers have a fresh, surprising version, as Christopher Nolan did in “Batman Begins,” (heavily inspired by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s “Batman: Year One”), they don’t need to let it fill an entire movie. Tim Burton spent very little time on the hero’s origin and development in 1989’s “Batman,” and that movie was pretty popular (to put it lightly).
Maybe super-hero movies should be like other movies. Spend a few scenes introducing the character, and spend the rest of the movie telling not his first adventure but his most important one, the one that changes his life.
For instance: I mentioned Green Lantern. Instead of his origin, what if the story had been something like “No Evil Shall Escape My Sight,” where GL realizes that his whole approach to super-heroics has been wrong? (http://modernmythologies.com/…/retro-review-green-lanterng…/.)
And if Marvel ever reboots the Iron Man movies (let’s say that Robert Downey Jr. quits and they want to replace him), maybe the reboot should resemble “Demon in a Bottle” — a hero fighting an addiction (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon_in_a_Bottle).