Friday, October 16, 2015

See the Unused Pogo Plane Designs for "Fantastic Four" by Patrick Janicke

Friday, October 16, 2015 - by Maurice Mitchell 0

Fantastic Four (2005) - Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis) waiting next to Transformation Chamber
Check out Fantastic Four concept art by Patrick Janicke!



Every Friday I feature artwork from a classic of science fiction cinema. This week's "Flashback Friday" post is on Fantastic Four (2005).

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Did you know we almost had the Pogo Plane in Fantastic Four? The latest Fantastic Four film is one of the biggest box office bombs of 2015. But back in 2005, there was another Fantastic Four film that was panned. I enjoyed it, but many complained about the light-hearted tone. It was faithful to the source material though. It even had some of the signature Fantastic Four elements like the Baxter Building. But, one of the most iconic elements of the Reed Richard's super-team - the Pogo Plane - never made it past the drawing board. Now, thanks to artist Patrick Janicke, we can see what it might have looked like.

Patrick Janicke is a professional concept illustrator who's worked on big budget movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse (2013) and Batman & Robin (1997).





The Pogo Plane is the Fantastic Four's original Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) long-range vehicle. Here's what it looked like in the comics.

Here are some more views of the Transformation Chamber, Baxter Building, Reed's lab and Dr. Doom's creepy monitoring station


 








See more of Patrick Janicke's amazing portfolio at http://www.productionillustration.com

Click on the links if you want to see more of Patrick Janicke's work or Fantastic Four artwork on my blog.

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Fantastic Four what do you think of the movie? Would you have enjoyed the Pogo Plane?

Official Fantastic 4 Synopsis
"Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis head a sexy, star-powered cast in this explosive adventure about a quartet of flawed, ordinary human beings who suddenly find themselves with extraordinary abilities.After exposure to cosmic radiation, four astronauts become the most remarkable, if dysfunctional, superheroes of all time. Unfortunately, the mission's sponsor has also been transformed into the world's most lethal supervillain setting the stage for a confrontation of epic proportions."
Directed by Tim Story
Cinematography by Oliver Wood
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Hamish Linklater
Release Date: July 8, 2005
© Copyright 2005 20th Century Fox, Marvel Enterprises, 1492 Pictures, Constantin Film. All rights reserved.

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