Silver Surfer: Saving Galactus
In a couple of days time we Australians will be able to park ourselves at the cinema and take in the latest instalment in the Fantastic Four franchise. More importantly, for many it will be their first real introduction to The Silver Surfer and therefore their first look at the greatest superhero ever – bar none – yeap, even that loser you just thought of.
The first Fantastic Four movie wasn’t great. It was fun, albeit a little bit plastic and throw away; but then that’s the way I’ve always seen the Fantastic Four. Admittedly, I own very few titles featuring their exploits, and most of the ones I do own are the issues which introduce The Surfer (yeah, that old). What it comes down to is that I’m simply not that interested in them.
Recently I purchased a 6 part Fantastic Four series titled “The End”. I wont go into too much detail about the series other than to say that it is set in a future that sees the current crop of Marvel superheroes coming together at a time in which the Fantastic Four have never been further removed from one another, and that it’s well worth the read.
However, while I thoroughly enjoyed the series, written and penciled by Alan Davis (JLA, Uncanny X-Men), which features some fantastic panels that include the future version of just about every character imaginable, it left me once again feeling like the Fantastic Four are just thin and emotionally un-engaging characters. They seem to be more appealing as individuals actually.
Fortunately for them, The Silver Surfer has awesome-a-fied their latest film with his presence. And fortunately for me (and you, even if you don’t know it yet) it appears that The Surfer is going to get his own flick after all, sans the FF baggage.
So far one of the biggest gripes that I’ve heard from comic book fans about the latest FF film is the appearance (or rather the non-appearance) of Galactus. His physical details are obscured by cloud or only revealed in the form of a shadow (which is cast across the rings of Saturn… just to give you some idea of his size). Now, a few days have to pass before I can give a qualified opinion on this particular subject, but at this point I’m going with: GOOD!!!
With the box office taking for it’s US opening weekend topping $58.1 Mill it’s looking really good for anther FF movie to get the go ahead… more importantly though, the likelihood of solo Silver Surfer movie gets more certain by the minute. That being the case, I’m really glad that Tim Story saw fit to keep Galactus from view in this film – after all, the first time WE see Galactus should really coincide with the first time that Norrin Radd (aka: The Silver Surfer) lays eyes on him! [source] [source]