T hese days turning
Marvel characters into successful movie stars is the product of a finely tuned machine, but back in 2005 when Fox had its first, very ordinary crack at a Fantastic Four movie, the results were rather more hit and miss. But you can’t keep a good family down, and the quartet is returning in 2015 with Chronicle director Josh Trank helming.
According to screenwriter Simon Kinberg ( X- Men: Days Of Future Past), next year’s reboot will have a very different tone. “The original book is a slightly goofier comic book and the originals feel outdated in some ways,” he tells SFX. “And the previous movies don’t have the gravity and coolness that most contemporary comic book movies have.
“But this is not a goofy, silly Fantastic Four. It is a human, grounded, realistic, more dramatic but still joyful Fantastic Four. I think superhero movies define themselves by their tone, more even than by the character, because there’s like three or four guys who can fly. Bryan Singer defined a new tone with X- Men. Christopher Nolan found a different tone with Batman. Jon Favreau defined a different tone with Iron Man that became the tone of all the Marvel movies. I think that Josh is defining a new different tone with this Fantastic Four, something in the spectrum of Raimi’s first Spider- Man movie. It has that kind of joy, coming of age energy, but it has reality and the gravity of something like
STARS Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell
THE PITCH The old story about a stretchy man, an invisible woman, a walking cigarette lighter and the ultimate rock star gets a
Kate Mara, soon to be significantly less visible.