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Josh Trank & Simon Kinberg talk characters in new Fantastic Four featurettes

04.06.2015

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20th Century Fox has been reluctant to reveal much in the way of footage from Josh Trank's (CHRONICLE) upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR, but something tells me we'll see more in the wake of AGE OF ULTRON. You can check out a few new flying scenes with the international trailer, but these featurettes focus on the actors chosen for each character, with director Josh Trank and writer Simon Kinberg (X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST) taking the helm.

While I can't claim to have any real love for the Fantastic Four, the filmmakers and the cast assembled here are an exciting combination. It's obvious the trailers haven't really won anyone over, but at the very least this looks like less of a joke than the Tim Story flicks. I haven't made up my mind on what I think of the footage so far, but I'm intrigued enough to check this one out in theaters, so that counts for something.

FANTASTIC FOUR opens on August 7, 2015.

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3:50PM on 04/08/2015
What I don't really get is why are they making this Fantastic Four? If they made the same film with just some random original four heroes there would be far less bitching. Trank and Kinberg don't even LIKE the Fantastic four, they are changing them up into something they are not and calling the Fantastic Four.
What I don't really get is why are they making this Fantastic Four? If they made the same film with just some random original four heroes there would be far less bitching. Trank and Kinberg don't even LIKE the Fantastic four, they are changing them up into something they are not and calling the Fantastic Four.
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5:34PM on 04/07/2015
Simon Kinberg must have forgotten all of the source material from those comics. I hate when directors try to change characters to either be more interesting or up to date, Johnny Storm has always been white. I love African American actors and all but just stick with the source material for god's sake!!!! No need to change something that is not broken, they did the same crap with Kingpin in Daredevil. Even though the late Michael Clarke Duncan was probably the best person on that movie. I hope
Simon Kinberg must have forgotten all of the source material from those comics. I hate when directors try to change characters to either be more interesting or up to date, Johnny Storm has always been white. I love African American actors and all but just stick with the source material for god's sake!!!! No need to change something that is not broken, they did the same crap with Kingpin in Daredevil. Even though the late Michael Clarke Duncan was probably the best person on that movie. I hope Deadpool kills all of the Fantastic 4 in his sure to be sequel!!
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8:54AM on 04/07/2015
As far as "dark and angsty" I'm going to be honest here. Since seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, I seriously DO NOT need to see serious dark angsty comic book super hero films anymore. Not for a long long time. --- The Avenger is serious, but does anybody doubt it will be fun, full of humor? Larger than life characters and fun chemistry, not mopey yuppies and disgruntled hackers.

I think honestly that they are going dark and mopey and cast a sour director to run that theme. If i want
As far as "dark and angsty" I'm going to be honest here. Since seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, I seriously DO NOT need to see serious dark angsty comic book super hero films anymore. Not for a long long time. --- The Avenger is serious, but does anybody doubt it will be fun, full of humor? Larger than life characters and fun chemistry, not mopey yuppies and disgruntled hackers.

I think honestly that they are going dark and mopey and cast a sour director to run that theme. If i want dark and depressing I'll chat with my wife. If I want to be entertained, give me some James Gunn. This abomination has decided to discard the canon and just hi-jack the Fantastic Four characters, re-write them and fit them into a dark and mopey story. I'll pass.
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5:09PM on 04/07/2015
" If i want dark and depressing I'll chat with my wife."

LOL....that's the funniest thing I've seen in forever on this site!
" If i want dark and depressing I'll chat with my wife."

LOL....that's the funniest thing I've seen in forever on this site!
8:45AM on 04/07/2015
So these little featuretttes show Josh Trank and Kinberg describing the talented principle cast, and a weak sell job at how they are perfectly cast. Miles teller is the perfect Reed. Kate Mara is an amazing actress perfectly suited for Sue. Michael B Jordan IS Johnny Storm. And Jamie Bell always had this Ben Grimm character lurking somewhere within and is a joy to work with. These are the words. But hearing them and seeing them, I just don't buy it. Josh Trank isn't selling the product.
So these little featuretttes show Josh Trank and Kinberg describing the talented principle cast, and a weak sell job at how they are perfectly cast. Miles teller is the perfect Reed. Kate Mara is an amazing actress perfectly suited for Sue. Michael B Jordan IS Johnny Storm. And Jamie Bell always had this Ben Grimm character lurking somewhere within and is a joy to work with. These are the words. But hearing them and seeing them, I just don't buy it. Josh Trank isn't selling the product. He mentioned Chronicle when discussing Miles and Michael. He's still selling Chronicle. For a while now I have been turned off by Trank, I feel he just doesn't fit for this product. But when I hear him talk I like him even less.
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5:18PM on 04/07/2015
[link] has one movie on his resume! He obviously understands what we want more than we do....
[link] has one movie on his resume! He obviously understands what we want more than we do....
4:11AM on 04/07/2015
Perfect Reed? Er... no.

Grounded and dramatic? Isn't it supposed to be fantastic?

Brotherly/sisterly dynamic? What you mean because they're brother and sister?....... oh.
Perfect Reed? Er... no.

Grounded and dramatic? Isn't it supposed to be fantastic?

Brotherly/sisterly dynamic? What you mean because they're brother and sister?....... oh.
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1:30AM on 04/07/2015
I try my best to be optimistic as I can for certain films, especially an upcoming comic book film, but never in my life have I been less enthusiastic about a movie. I just don't care for this movie, nothing grabs my attention, hell I am even preferring Ant-Man instead.
I try my best to be optimistic as I can for certain films, especially an upcoming comic book film, but never in my life have I been less enthusiastic about a movie. I just don't care for this movie, nothing grabs my attention, hell I am even preferring Ant-Man instead.
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5:32PM on 04/06/2015
With what little we have seen so far, it is obvious this film is no obvious Jupiter Ascending type crap. Where the negativity for it comes from I have no idea. It seems those that dislike it, like Man Of Steel and the Nolan Batman films seem butt hurt it isn't a rote dumbed down comic book style translation.
With what little we have seen so far, it is obvious this film is no obvious Jupiter Ascending type crap. Where the negativity for it comes from I have no idea. It seems those that dislike it, like Man Of Steel and the Nolan Batman films seem butt hurt it isn't a rote dumbed down comic book style translation.
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6:04PM on 04/06/2015
It comes from the serious, dark, angsty trailers, the comments from the actors since the film completed shooting, the director's comments, and the advertising campaign.

Seriously, if you don't get people's attitudes toward the film, you have to be trying not to get it.
It comes from the serious, dark, angsty trailers, the comments from the actors since the film completed shooting, the director's comments, and the advertising campaign.

Seriously, if you don't get people's attitudes toward the film, you have to be trying not to get it.
7:16PM on 04/06/2015
No it seems some of you like your films as stupid as possible.
Hard to where you are coming from other than that.
I mean especially since nothing has really been seen other the the great cinematography on the trailer. Honestly some of you are tripping.
No it seems some of you like your films as stupid as possible.
Hard to where you are coming from other than that.
I mean especially since nothing has really been seen other the the great cinematography on the trailer. Honestly some of you are tripping.
7:29PM on 04/06/2015
LOL....so me not being interested in a "dark" angsty comic book movie (on a property known for it's similar tone to the extremely successful GotG) means I like "stupid films"? Seriously?

BTW, I didn't find the cinematography to be great, and we've gotten a ton of comments from the cast and director. If you're not aware of them, that's your fault for being uneducated.
LOL....so me not being interested in a "dark" angsty comic book movie (on a property known for it's similar tone to the extremely successful GotG) means I like "stupid films"? Seriously?

BTW, I didn't find the cinematography to be great, and we've gotten a ton of comments from the cast and director. If you're not aware of them, that's your fault for being uneducated.
4:29AM on 04/07/2015
rp2011 - Agree with Des1. I'm all for people liking or hating the movie because it is their personal preference. Not sure what all this rubbish is about when people comment on what other people think. Say what YOU think of the movie and then move on. Let other people think what they want. Its their right. Comments like, "No it seems some of you like your films as stupid as possible." are assumptions that attempt to oversimplify what has been said by others, so they conveniently fit your
rp2011 - Agree with Des1. I'm all for people liking or hating the movie because it is their personal preference. Not sure what all this rubbish is about when people comment on what other people think. Say what YOU think of the movie and then move on. Let other people think what they want. Its their right. Comments like, "No it seems some of you like your films as stupid as possible." are assumptions that attempt to oversimplify what has been said by others, so they conveniently fit your argument. In other words, the above doesn't actually mean anything other than:
"Nya, nya, nya-nya, nya!" Not exactly a coherent argument.
4:48PM on 04/06/2015
They should have made this movie with those little kids who dubbed the 'Avengers 2' trailer in mind. Unfortunately, they decided to aim it at the "angsty twit" demographic.
They should have made this movie with those little kids who dubbed the 'Avengers 2' trailer in mind. Unfortunately, they decided to aim it at the "angsty twit" demographic.
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4:14PM on 04/06/2015
I think its kind of funny that the studio seems so afraid to make this film like the comics, when if they stuck closer to the tone of the comics more people would be on board with it. Now lets be clear, I'm not turning this into a Johnny Storm should be white/ Dr Doom shouldn't be a hacker debate. I'm simply saying that if this film was light hearted and fun instead of dark and gloomy then it would probably do better. The fact is there is just way too many dark and gloomy comic book movies
I think its kind of funny that the studio seems so afraid to make this film like the comics, when if they stuck closer to the tone of the comics more people would be on board with it. Now lets be clear, I'm not turning this into a Johnny Storm should be white/ Dr Doom shouldn't be a hacker debate. I'm simply saying that if this film was light hearted and fun instead of dark and gloomy then it would probably do better. The fact is there is just way too many dark and gloomy comic book movies coming out nowadays. It works for guys like Batman and Daredevil, but does Superman and Spiderman REALLY have to be dark and super serious?? Even Age of Ultron looks to be more serious than the fun first film. I think Gaurdians of the Galaxy proved that people want to have a FUN time at the movies. A Fantastic Four film should feel very similar to how GotG was maybe even more lighthearted. And hey I may be wrong about this film , Ill be the first to admit if I am, BUT based on the one lackluster super serious trailer they released I'm pretty sure I'm right. So far there is just nothing about this movie that makes it stand out among the comic book films of the last few years.
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1:49AM on 04/07/2015
The problem is that Fox took away the wrong lesson from the first 2 films. They did the "fun, lighthearted" versions and they were critical failures, so Fox thought that people must not want the fun, lighthearted movies. What they didn't realize is that it wasn't the tone of the first two movies that everyone disliked, it was that they got so many of the other elements wrong.
The problem is that Fox took away the wrong lesson from the first 2 films. They did the "fun, lighthearted" versions and they were critical failures, so Fox thought that people must not want the fun, lighthearted movies. What they didn't realize is that it wasn't the tone of the first two movies that everyone disliked, it was that they got so many of the other elements wrong.
3:12PM on 04/06/2015
i don't get the hate for Miles Teller.he is great in The Spectacular Now and Whiplash
i don't get the hate for Miles Teller.he is great in The Spectacular Now and Whiplash
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7:33PM on 04/06/2015
Who said they hate Miles Teller?
Who said they hate Miles Teller?
10:01AM on 04/07/2015
I must say I enjoyed him in Whiplash. Was a good performance. He's miscast here.
I must say I enjoyed him in Whiplash. Was a good performance. He's miscast here.
10:29AM on 04/07/2015
I gotta stand up for him big time. He's better in more than that. Miscast here? Maybe
I gotta stand up for him big time. He's better in more than that. Miscast here? Maybe
10:36AM on 04/07/2015
Sure. I wouldn't argue with that.
Sure. I wouldn't argue with that.
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1:43PM on 04/06/2015

I don't disagree.....

Mara is a better actress (and almost as hot) as Jessica Alba, and Teller is probably a better actor than Ioan Gruffudd. I'm just not interested in the story they're telling. I don't care about another origin story, I don't want to see the Fantastic Scooby Gang, and the first threat should be something other than Von Doom (especially if they go the route of giving him powers again).

They've held a lot back, so it's possible this could be better than what they've shown, but so far it looks
Mara is a better actress (and almost as hot) as Jessica Alba, and Teller is probably a better actor than Ioan Gruffudd. I'm just not interested in the story they're telling. I don't care about another origin story, I don't want to see the Fantastic Scooby Gang, and the first threat should be something other than Von Doom (especially if they go the route of giving him powers again).

They've held a lot back, so it's possible this could be better than what they've shown, but so far it looks like a B Horror movie. Ask Marvel about Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America (not to mention The Avengers) plus Sony about Sipider-man and find out what they think of a dark, depressing concept to weave a superhero film around. Obviously they don't have the understanding to do it as well as a guy with one movie (albeit a cool shaky-cam movie) on his resume.....
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1:18PM on 04/06/2015

The irrational hate is coming

Prepare yourselves.
Prepare yourselves.
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1:33PM on 04/06/2015
The irrational defenders are coming.....

Prepare yourselves.
The irrational defenders are coming.....

Prepare yourselves.
2:17PM on 04/06/2015
The Clif, they're rational. What we're seeing is chronic butthurt. Butthurt clouds the mind.
The Clif, they're rational. What we're seeing is chronic butthurt. Butthurt clouds the mind.
6:46PM on 04/06/2015
Saying a shitty looking movie looks shitty isn't irrational. Looks like generic scifi movie.
Rushed out to keep rights, actors that don't look like the characters, changes from source material, (that thing that always gets complaints), dark and gritty and FF4 bad mix. Also hearing that sue and johnny might be the couple. That would really top off the bad decisions.
Saying a shitty looking movie looks shitty isn't irrational. Looks like generic scifi movie.
Rushed out to keep rights, actors that don't look like the characters, changes from source material, (that thing that always gets complaints), dark and gritty and FF4 bad mix. Also hearing that sue and johnny might be the couple. That would really top off the bad decisions.
12:06PM on 04/06/2015

I want to give green votes

simply because so many people have their undies in a knot over this film. There are elements I don't like (Victor von Doom being an angry blogger) but I really like the cast, and I enjoyed CHRONICLE.
simply because so many people have their undies in a knot over this film. There are elements I don't like (Victor von Doom being an angry blogger) but I really like the cast, and I enjoyed CHRONICLE.
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11:52AM on 04/06/2015
I don't know what to decide. I haven't read Fantastic Four comics for quite a while now but I remember that Fantastic Four was light-hearted. That's why I like those two Fantastic Four movies by Tim Story. I'm afraid this new movie will take Fantastic Four too serious.
I don't know what to decide. I haven't read Fantastic Four comics for quite a while now but I remember that Fantastic Four was light-hearted. That's why I like those two Fantastic Four movies by Tim Story. I'm afraid this new movie will take Fantastic Four too serious.
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11:32AM on 04/06/2015
Gah! I'm angry for no reason! Totally not seeing this....

I'll let you know how it is.
Gah! I'm angry for no reason! Totally not seeing this....

I'll let you know how it is.
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1:35PM on 04/06/2015
Gah! I'm attacking everyone whose opinion differs from what I've decided it should be! Totally not reading your post....

I already know how it is.
Gah! I'm attacking everyone whose opinion differs from what I've decided it should be! Totally not reading your post....

I already know how it is.
2:19PM on 04/06/2015
I've made up my mind already. Don't confuse me with facts.
I've made up my mind already. Don't confuse me with facts.
2:20PM on 04/06/2015
That felt like an attack?
That felt like an attack?
7:37PM on 04/06/2015
Hmm, let's see.....he claimed everyone who hasn't liked the comments, advertising, and trailer so far is "angry," that they have "no reason" for their dislike of the product so far (despite dozens of people giving very concise explanations about what they don't like), then intimating the people not liking what's going on so far are going to see it no matter what......yeah, that pretty much sounds like a bunch of insults.

Seriously, if you like it is it that hard to say you disagree without
Hmm, let's see.....he claimed everyone who hasn't liked the comments, advertising, and trailer so far is "angry," that they have "no reason" for their dislike of the product so far (despite dozens of people giving very concise explanations about what they don't like), then intimating the people not liking what's going on so far are going to see it no matter what......yeah, that pretty much sounds like a bunch of insults.

Seriously, if you like it is it that hard to say you disagree without being a dick?
3:53AM on 04/07/2015
JCLuthor0331 - Doesn't mean anything. Comment amounts to assumptions and baiting. Basically hot air.
JCLuthor0331 - Doesn't mean anything. Comment amounts to assumptions and baiting. Basically hot air.
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