“Dr. Storm, we gave you six years, and millions of dollars, and you gave us nothing. What’s different now?” The opening dialog in this new trailer echoes the sentiments of millions of Fantastic Four fans all over the world, who up to now have been watching Josh Trank for signs that he may know what he’s doing. With the new trailer for the new Fantastic Four movie from 20th Century Fox, we now have some idea that maybe he does.
The movie seems to be taking the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic book continuity as its basis.
Trank’s film, like the Ultimate comics, features versions of the titular super-powered group that are younger than their counterparts in more traditional F4 comics as well as the live-action films of the ’00s. The cast includes rising stars Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer) as Ben Grimm/Thing, and Michael B. Jordan (who worked with Trank on Chronicle and costarred with Teller in That Awkward Moment) as Johnny Storm/Human Torch. The casting choices seem more driven by contractual concerns than appropriateness for the roles, and fandom’s reaction has ranged from mere puzzlement to shock over the choices made.
The familial relationships are significantly rewritten, so the team hasn’t come together for the same reasons as in previous movies, or even the comic books. We get some really good looks at the superpowers of the team as they manifest for the first time, and even a peek at the new Doctor Doom, who thankfully does not resemble a pizza-eating, Jolt Cola swizzling neckbearded basement dweller as some feared he might. And the Thing looks, appropriately, like an animated pile of hillside rubble.
There is some indication now that this film will be at least watchable. Will it be a great film? That’s hard to say, but the chances are improving.
Fantastic Four releases in the U.S. on August 7, 2015.
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