20th Century Fox has released the teaser trailer for the intriguing FANTASTIC FOUR reboot, directed by CHRONICLE’s Josh Trank and starring Kate Mara as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic and Jamie Bell as Benjamin Grimm/The Thing. From what we can tell from the teaser, the reboot is going in a dramatically different direction than its 2005 counterpart. The most noticeable difference is the film’s darker tone; a stark contrast to Tim Story’s lighter, more comic book-esque fare of 10 years ago. It’s unsurprising, as Trank’s work with found-footage superhero movie CHRONICLE took a much more serious and ominous turn than what we’ve come to expect from comic book movies. In an interview with Collider, Trank mentions that he was inspired by the films of David Cronenberg (THE FLY, SCANNERS), so this certainly gives audiences an idea of the dark aesthetic he is going for. It’s refreshing to see a movie that tries not to be boxed into the comic book genre, and with films like CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY breaking all sorts of formulas with their upending of the genre, it’s promising to see other studios following suit and pushing the boundaries of the genre themselves.
One other thing of note is that from what we can tell from the teaser, the film seems to be a completely original take on the FANTASTIC FOUR story, which is in line with what Trank has previously mentioned as a departure from what these characters’ comic book origins were, a modern retelling if you will. The story will still remain faithful to the premise of the four characters going off into space and thusly gaining super powers, but everything else seems to be new (or at least unclear, for now). One scene in the film also seems to hint at who the Big Bad will be. As Sue Storm is looking up at a screen, there are numbers on the left side with what could pass as an IP address, but if you google 188.8.131.52, you are directed to Marvel Comics’ Wiki page on Latveria, which is supposedly where FANTASTIC FOUR villain Doctor Doom is based.
FANTASTIC FOUR drops August 7, 2015.
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