is an upcoming 2015 superhero
film directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle
fame. Based off of Marvel Comics
' Long Running Fantastic Four
comic book franchise, the film will be a complete Continuity Reboot
, with no connections to either the Roger Corman B-Movie
or the two previous 20th Century Fox FF movies
. The film stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara
of House of Cards
fame as Susan Storm/The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan
as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing, with British actor Toby Kebbell playing the team's Arch-Nemesis
, Doctor Doom
. Inspired by the Ultimate Fantastic Four
books, the film features younger depictions of the characters in order to more effectively distinguish itself from the previous movies.
Like The Amazing Spider-Man
films, the movie is not part of Marvel Cinematic Universe
Fantastic Four provides examples of:
- Ability over Appearance: Akin to Idris Elba as Heimdall, African American actor Michael B. Jordan's casting as the traditionally-Caucasian Human Torch was based solely on his acting ability.
- California Doubling: Baton Rogue, Louisiana was used as a stand-in for New York City. They even brought in authentic-looking New York buses to make the sets look more realistic.
- Coming of Age Story
- Darker and Edgier: The film has been stated to be more serious and less jokey and hammy than the previous two films. Mark Millar has compared the tone to that of Alien at times.
- Screenwriter Simon Kinberg has since dialed it back a bit. While he maintains that the movie will be more serious than the prior entries, he claims it's "Closer to Spider-Man than The Dark Knight" in terms of tone.
- Deconstruction: Like Chronicle, it's been said the movie will present a more realistic look at how young people would react to suddenly gaining superpowers, as well as how the world at large would view them.
- Killer Robots: The Doombots will appear.
- Race Lift: Johnny Storm, usually depicted as a white blonde in the comics, is played by African-American actor Michael B. Jordan. The same treatment is given to Johnny's father, Dr. Franklin Storm.
- Real Is Brown: Set photos of the on-set reference bust suggest Ben will be a dull grey-brown instead of orange.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: The aforementioned Doombots.
- Serkis Folk: The Thing, this time around.
- Spiritual Successor: To Josh Trank's first film, Chronicle. Trank has said the movie contains similar themes about the idea of young people with superpowers and what they choose to do with them. Michael B. Jordan has drawn similar comparisons between the two movies, but states that Fantastic Four lacks the No Budget Found Footage style of the Chronicle.
- Younger and Hipper