While principal photography has wrapped on Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, we have learned very little about the film or seen much in trailers or clips. The interwebs speculates that this is a bad sign and bodes that the film may not be great, but we’re not making any calls til we see the film (also, we kinda love Miles Teller…so yea, he can sneeze and we’ll go watch it). But, here we take a look at what we do know about the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot from 20th Century Fox so far.
The trailer establishes a dark tone which divides fans as the motif popularized by Chris Nolan doesn’t always mean it will make a superhero film more realistic. While Trank’s Chronicle took the concept of found footage superhero and made it work, applying a grounded tone to the Fantastic Four may prove challenging. The tone of the comics for the team are rooted in fun science and the characters’ personalities. But hey, we don’t get to see to much of the relationships here. We did see that the origin story has changed and that instead of acquiring the powers in space, our team travels to a different dimension that alters their bodies.
Also another change? Mr. Fantastic can “warp space around him.” Uh. Wut. Producer and co-writer, Simon Kinberg did clarify the issue but still, why not just say he can stretch? Hmm.
This week’s poster releases have also been met with many fanboy groans. Once again due to the dissatisfaction of the tone choice, the images have been met with a lukewarm response. We do get to see the costume details and gone are the bright blue suits from the last franchise. And as updates come through on the film’s official site, its interesting to note that nowhere are the main characters referred to as their superhero monikers: Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch or The Thing. Could that be a hint that they’re not going to do that all together?
Recently Kinberg spoke about why we haven’t seen much and to him it boils down to the importance of getting the look right. Because of the powers, post production VFX is what is going to make (or break) the movie. They don’t want to show anything till it’s all rendered and the final product. He stressed how Reed’s powers are some of the harder visuals to portray in a physically realistic way. Jamie Bell’s performance is motion capture–a departure from the rubbery suit Michael Chiklis wore.
Fantastic Four Opens August 7th and stars Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Anthony and Jamie Bell. Check out the posters below and let us know what you think and if you’re excited to see more!