As a part of Entertainment Weekly's extensive Comic-Con preview, Fantastic Four director Josh Trank has offered new details about his upcoming superhero movie reboot. Marvel's first family is much younger in this version, with Miles Teller portraying Mr. Fantastic, Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch, Kate Mara as The Invisible Woman and Jamie Bell as The Thing. The director burst onto the scene with 2012's Chronicle, and he reveals that, while his first movie explored a group of youngsters discovering their powers, Fantastic Four takes a very different approach.
"Chronicle was all about the discovery and evolution of those powers. This is like, 'What if it's a couple years later and it sucks?'"
"The audience should expect an epic, massive, huge, multipower slugfest. This movie is big. A lot of stakes."
Before this reboot took shape, these superheroes were portrayed by Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis in the 2005 adaptation Fantastic Four and the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. While moderately successful, those movies weren't received well by fans, which producer/writer Simon Kinberg says fuels skepticism for this reboot, admitting it's a tough franchise to take on.
"I get the skepticism going into it because the previous movies weren't very good. It's a very hard title to crack."
It isn't known yet if the reboot will be featured during 20th Century Fox's Comic-Con panel, since the studio hasn't revealed which movies it will present in Hall H on Saturday, July 11. Since it hits theaters on August 7, it's probably a good bet that the movie will have some sort of presence at the Con, but we'll have to wait until next week to find out for sure. What do you think about Josh Trank's statement about Fantastic Four?