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03.10.2014

We have heard all sorts of things about Josh Trank's THE FANTASTIC FOUR ranging from a retooled origin story to a much darker take on the superhero squad. Whether it be a lack of humor in the film or the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, there are a lot of negative feelings floating around this project. So, why don't we add another.

Miles Teller, slated to play Reed Richards in the reboot, has shared a new tidbit about THE FANTASTIC FOUR and the direction the film is going in. I have a feeling a lot of you aren't going to like this, but here is what he had to say to IGN about the movie:

When I read the script, I didn't feel like I was reading this larger-than-life, incredible supehero tale. These are all very human people that end up having to become I guess what is known as the Fantastic Four. So for me it was just a really good story and gives me an opportunity to play something different from my own skin. It's a proper character and that's my favorite stuff to do."

So, a grounded approach to a team that includes a stretchy guy, a rock man, a firestarter, and an invisible woman? This sounds remarkably similar to when Marc Webb and Sony decided that THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN would be set in a more "realistic" world akin to Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT. Marc Webb himself said he is now embracing the spectacle with this year's sequel, so why are they going to try the same thing with what could be the most unrealistic superheroes in Marvel's canon?

The reason Nolan was able to make a realistic Batman trilogy is because the character has no superpowers. There are almost no characters that such an approach could work with. James Mangold's THE WOLVERINE got pretty close but never sacrificed the nature of the character to make the story more realistic. Hopefully in this case grounded is just another word for layered.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell opens on June 19, 2015.

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6:35PM on 03/11/2014

I'm Confused

So people trashed the first two Fantastic Four films because they were too fun, silly and comic book-y and now people are ALREADY trashing this reboot because it's gonna be more grounded and realistic. I don't get it.
So people trashed the first two Fantastic Four films because they were too fun, silly and comic book-y and now people are ALREADY trashing this reboot because it's gonna be more grounded and realistic. I don't get it.
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11:33AM on 03/11/2014
I still have high hopes for this film. I think it's going to be good. Teller is just trying to explain that this film is going to be more grounded than the last two Fantastic Four films.
I still have high hopes for this film. I think it's going to be good. Teller is just trying to explain that this film is going to be more grounded than the last two Fantastic Four films.
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9:15AM on 03/11/2014
Whoever's in charge of PR/marketing for this movie - I do not envy your job.
Whoever's in charge of PR/marketing for this movie - I do not envy your job.
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2:50AM on 03/11/2014
You're putting words in Teller's mouth, Maidy. He never mentioned Nolan's Batman. You did.
He just said that the characters were gonna be very human. Don't see what the problem is.
And once again I'm gonna be one of the few shouting from the sidelines "Wait till you see the damn thing." This isn't even judging a book by its cover. This is judging a book by the announcement that someone is writing a book.
You're putting words in Teller's mouth, Maidy. He never mentioned Nolan's Batman. You did.
He just said that the characters were gonna be very human. Don't see what the problem is.
And once again I'm gonna be one of the few shouting from the sidelines "Wait till you see the damn thing." This isn't even judging a book by its cover. This is judging a book by the announcement that someone is writing a book.
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12:38AM on 03/11/2014

Fantastic Fail

1)Reboot
2) Nepotism
3) Race change...a Hollywood surprise. Comic book ignorant Hollyweird always knows better.
4) Miles Teller ('nuff said)
5)The famous actor who played Billy Elliott and Tin Tin is the Thing??????
6) Rights back to Marvel/Disney please.
7)Josh Trank???? Obviously not ready yet.
1)Reboot
2) Nepotism
3) Race change...a Hollywood surprise. Comic book ignorant Hollyweird always knows better.
4) Miles Teller ('nuff said)
5)The famous actor who played Billy Elliott and Tin Tin is the Thing??????
6) Rights back to Marvel/Disney please.
7)Josh Trank???? Obviously not ready yet.
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10:45AM on 03/11/2014
Nepotism??
Nepotism??
12:29AM on 03/11/2014

I'm really hoping that this movie...

Turns out to be pretty damn good, just so I can see so many of you backpedal on your complaints.

Jesus people, you act like they're remaking the Godfather. Seriously, calm it on the mob mentality. Can we at least wait for the trailer before we form a Fox lynch mob? It's not that serious.

I mean, we always ask for film studios to do something different, and now that they do you hate them for it? Make up your minds.
Turns out to be pretty damn good, just so I can see so many of you backpedal on your complaints.

Jesus people, you act like they're remaking the Godfather. Seriously, calm it on the mob mentality. Can we at least wait for the trailer before we form a Fox lynch mob? It's not that serious.

I mean, we always ask for film studios to do something different, and now that they do you hate them for it? Make up your minds.
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11:33PM on 03/10/2014
I dont give a shit , if this movie is grounded...you are not going to change people's minds about the movie. This movie already sucks because of the horrible casting. They cast up and coming actors instead of actors who would do and look the part. They threw away source material rules in favor of quick money and picking actors who dont look or play the part well.....I am so mad about this movie...there is no way I am seeing this un needed remake.
I dont give a shit , if this movie is grounded...you are not going to change people's minds about the movie. This movie already sucks because of the horrible casting. They cast up and coming actors instead of actors who would do and look the part. They threw away source material rules in favor of quick money and picking actors who dont look or play the part well.....I am so mad about this movie...there is no way I am seeing this un needed remake.
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11:24PM on 03/10/2014

Hacks!

Grounded. Because Batman was grounded. And that went pretty well for his trilogy! Well guess what? Batman is fucking crazy. He was the young, spoiled, sheltered son of Gotham's Aristocrats who saw his parents get shot point blank after a night out. There's his "grounded". Here's some suggestions for grounded then. How about a Mr. Fantastic whose use of power inflicts great pain upon him? Maybe his tendons and bones will eventually snap. Grounded! How about Sue? Let's have her go
Grounded. Because Batman was grounded. And that went pretty well for his trilogy! Well guess what? Batman is fucking crazy. He was the young, spoiled, sheltered son of Gotham's Aristocrats who saw his parents get shot point blank after a night out. There's his "grounded". Here's some suggestions for grounded then. How about a Mr. Fantastic whose use of power inflicts great pain upon him? Maybe his tendons and bones will eventually snap. Grounded! How about Sue? Let's have her go nuts because she can't control her invisibility and essentially becomes a ghost for months on end. Grounded! I think the human torch is a pretty easy one. Third. Degree. Burns. Is a check in the mail yet Fox? Best of all is The Thing. He's made of rock. Sure he's super strong but as it turns out... extremely brittle. Every fight, every accidental bump on the table, every step results in the gradual disintegration of his body. Grounded.
The Fantastic Four are not about any of this. They're the celebrities in a world who is forced to deal with mutants. A menace because they're different and scary to the general public. Seen as the next step in the evolutionary ladder. But not the Fantastic Four. For some reason the population not only accepts them as one of their own but hails them as heroes. The X-Men are outlaw vigilantes. These groups are different but Fox wants to make them the same. When I read crossovers between the two groups it was jarring for me. Almost as if they didn't belong together. Because they really didn't. They were oil and water. There was mutual respect but you could feel the superiority of Mr. Fantastic and the differences between the groups wasn't lost on the X-Men.
The only one on the group who isn't sought after for an autograph is poor Ben. The perfectly normal pilot who was turned into a monster while the others got cool powers and remained good looking. He was the anomaly of the group and the source of alot of the tension. He didn't belong and the public didn't much like him either. Even a blind woman was freaked out by him. You flush this dynamic down the toilet with the reboot. So what now? All four of them are filled with teenage, emo angst like Sony's Peter Parker?

Congratulations to you Fox. Every time I see something that makes me think that you could not possibly screw this up anymore, you go out of your way to show me how very wrong I am.
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11:45PM on 03/10/2014
You got me at Human Torch - Third Degree Burns, haha.
You got me at Human Torch - Third Degree Burns, haha.
10:47AM on 03/11/2014
Teller never used the word 'grounded'
Teller never used the word 'grounded'
10:49AM on 03/11/2014
I take that back, he actually does say "grounded". But I think he's talking about spectacle not taking over rather than anything else. And I'm not sure a single person here can say that Miles Teller is not a good actor
I take that back, he actually does say "grounded". But I think he's talking about spectacle not taking over rather than anything else. And I'm not sure a single person here can say that Miles Teller is not a good actor
10:46PM on 03/10/2014
Why does Fantastic Four needed to be grounded to reality or being realistic? How can it be realistic when your superheroes are elastic, invisible, made of stone, or burst into flame most of the time? It's light-hearted and should be taken as such.
Why does Fantastic Four needed to be grounded to reality or being realistic? How can it be realistic when your superheroes are elastic, invisible, made of stone, or burst into flame most of the time? It's light-hearted and should be taken as such.
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9:57PM on 03/10/2014

i hate this movie

Somehow they are making this worse than the previous movies.
Somehow they are making this worse than the previous movies.
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9:48PM on 03/10/2014
This movie can really just go fuck itself. The Fantastic Four are the LAST superheroes that should have the realistic treatment towards their films. Embrace the super powers and Sci-Fi. That's what makes the Fantastic Four so cool and awesome. This film will only be limiting itself and their powers if they do the realistic approach.

What are they going to do with Silver Surfer? Have it be a regular guy dressed all in a silver shirt and pants??
This movie can really just go fuck itself. The Fantastic Four are the LAST superheroes that should have the realistic treatment towards their films. Embrace the super powers and Sci-Fi. That's what makes the Fantastic Four so cool and awesome. This film will only be limiting itself and their powers if they do the realistic approach.

What are they going to do with Silver Surfer? Have it be a regular guy dressed all in a silver shirt and pants??
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9:31PM on 03/10/2014

Ultimate Universe Reed Richards

If they want to go away from the corny mess of the last FF movies, the producers should look at the recent Ultimate FF comics.

They really changed the dynamics of the team, by making it a dysfunctional group. Giving Ben Grimm the romance with Sue Storm is more compelling.

If they stick to the same dynamics, people will just see this as the same type of reboot ASM is doing (aka just younger actors).

And the biggest change of all is turning Reed Richards into the villain. Super smart,
If they want to go away from the corny mess of the last FF movies, the producers should look at the recent Ultimate FF comics.

They really changed the dynamics of the team, by making it a dysfunctional group. Giving Ben Grimm the romance with Sue Storm is more compelling.

If they stick to the same dynamics, people will just see this as the same type of reboot ASM is doing (aka just younger actors).

And the biggest change of all is turning Reed Richards into the villain. Super smart, super power leaves him almost indestructible. They never give him a reason to be the good guy. Sure it's hard to see that happening in an origin movie, but could be cool. I mainly worry if this actor has the chops to pull it off.
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9:29PM on 03/10/2014
If there's any superhero property that should be fun and a little silly, it's The Fantastic Four. Not as silly as Tim Story made it, but not "dark and gritty" either. The Fantastic Four has always had elements of a family sitcom, Matt Fraction's run was even described as such.
If there's any superhero property that should be fun and a little silly, it's The Fantastic Four. Not as silly as Tim Story made it, but not "dark and gritty" either. The Fantastic Four has always had elements of a family sitcom, Matt Fraction's run was even described as such.
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9:10PM on 03/10/2014
Okay, people need to stop with this "grounded and realistic" bullshit. Just because Nolan had great success with it doesn't mean every single f*cking movie has to harp on the same buzzwords. Batman can be grounded, Spider-Man can be grounded, heck even Iron Man is ground-able, but Fantastic Four needs to be over the top and fun and lighthearted. Who the f*ck wants to see four depressed people wear the same uniform?!
Okay, people need to stop with this "grounded and realistic" bullshit. Just because Nolan had great success with it doesn't mean every single f*cking movie has to harp on the same buzzwords. Batman can be grounded, Spider-Man can be grounded, heck even Iron Man is ground-able, but Fantastic Four needs to be over the top and fun and lighthearted. Who the f*ck wants to see four depressed people wear the same uniform?!
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8:26PM on 03/10/2014

Ugh, I can't wait for this to come out and be forgotten

I am already sick of these half assed actors trying to talk about this movie as if anyone is going to see it. Nobody cares about this reboot.
I am already sick of these half assed actors trying to talk about this movie as if anyone is going to see it. Nobody cares about this reboot.
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8:10PM on 03/10/2014

Grounded, eh?

Because that's exactly what the FANTASTIC Four need...
Because that's exactly what the FANTASTIC Four need...
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6:10PM on 03/10/2014

Grounded in reality, eh?

Hows this...
Richard Reed is a robotics engineer and during a lab accident (as EXPECTED with most superhero so-called 'science') he outfits himself with mechanical arms and legs that can extend (think doc ock in Spiderman2)

The Thing will be a wounded combat vet who agrees to Reed's 'experimental nano armorplating skin/tissue regeneration (think Jason X meets G.I joe's Destro)

The invisible Woman, is simply Sue Storm in a in a high tech cloaking suit (Think Die Another Day's Aston
Hows this...
Richard Reed is a robotics engineer and during a lab accident (as EXPECTED with most superhero so-called 'science') he outfits himself with mechanical arms and legs that can extend (think doc ock in Spiderman2)

The Thing will be a wounded combat vet who agrees to Reed's 'experimental nano armorplating skin/tissue regeneration (think Jason X meets G.I joe's Destro)

The invisible Woman, is simply Sue Storm in a in a high tech cloaking suit (Think Die Another Day's Aston Martin)

Johnny Storm is basically Iron Man fitted with flamethrowing weapons.

... Yup, I can totally picture this movie happening.
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5:34PM on 03/10/2014

A different perspective

This may not be what he is talking about at all but in my opinion some of the best superhero stories lately have been more realistic. Let me explain before you start lighting the torches and sharpening the pitchforks. Many of the best movies as of late (ie: Iron Man, Captain America, and yes, Nolan's Batman along with others) have not been about superheroes. These movies are about people and the situations that they are in and they happen to be super. There is a big difference between a movie
This may not be what he is talking about at all but in my opinion some of the best superhero stories lately have been more realistic. Let me explain before you start lighting the torches and sharpening the pitchforks. Many of the best movies as of late (ie: Iron Man, Captain America, and yes, Nolan's Batman along with others) have not been about superheroes. These movies are about people and the situations that they are in and they happen to be super. There is a big difference between a movie about a superhero trying to be normal and a normal person trying to be a superhero. We can relate with the normal trials that these characters are facing because some of us face similar hardships. Then we can be entertained when the solutions that these characters find tend to involve extraordinary abilities. Or I could be wrong and the new FF will be bad. We'll all find out together next year I guess.
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4:52PM on 03/10/2014
This is the final straw... I'm going to get Roger Corman's version and regard that as the definitive FF flick... and until the knuckleheads at Marvel reboot HOWARD THE DUCK and give him the proper treatment...and not just make HOWARD THE DUCK 2: The Electric Boogaloo...I'm done!
This is the final straw... I'm going to get Roger Corman's version and regard that as the definitive FF flick... and until the knuckleheads at Marvel reboot HOWARD THE DUCK and give him the proper treatment...and not just make HOWARD THE DUCK 2: The Electric Boogaloo...I'm done!
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4:48PM on 03/10/2014
wasn't that called chronicle? So basically its chronicle 2, Hopefully they wont be shouting Reed every 30 seconds like they shouted 'Andrew' every 30 seconds
wasn't that called chronicle? So basically its chronicle 2, Hopefully they wont be shouting Reed every 30 seconds like they shouted 'Andrew' every 30 seconds
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4:46PM on 03/10/2014

Maybe they'll make The Thing.....

.....a guy whose skin is a little tough and dry. That'll be grounded.....
.....a guy whose skin is a little tough and dry. That'll be grounded.....
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4:43PM on 03/10/2014
Screw your "grounded" superheroes, I'm sick to the back teeth of them.
Screw your "grounded" superheroes, I'm sick to the back teeth of them.
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4:19PM on 03/10/2014
ya cuz the fantastic four is so grounded and real just make a damn superhero movie not all of them have to be grounded in reality for fucks sake there's a guy on fire ya totally grounded ugh
ya cuz the fantastic four is so grounded and real just make a damn superhero movie not all of them have to be grounded in reality for fucks sake there's a guy on fire ya totally grounded ugh
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4:13PM on 03/10/2014
This is shaping up like The Breakfast Club get Fantastic Four powers. Even if it's good and I think it will be, I still want the faithful Jack Kirby version someday.
This is shaping up like The Breakfast Club get Fantastic Four powers. Even if it's good and I think it will be, I still want the faithful Jack Kirby version someday.
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4:05PM on 03/10/2014
A grounded look at superheroes. Thats original.
A grounded look at superheroes. Thats original.
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4:04PM on 03/10/2014
This keeps getting worse and worse. Somehow the suits over at Fox seem to think they can make up for weird casting decisions by taking a comic book hero story and taking the fun out of it and making it a serious drama, while at the same time butchering the canon which it was originally made. They have already alienated the hardcore fans, and now they are going to to take the FANTASTIC four and make the four very human people, sucking the fantastic out of the story. I sense an epic flop in
This keeps getting worse and worse. Somehow the suits over at Fox seem to think they can make up for weird casting decisions by taking a comic book hero story and taking the fun out of it and making it a serious drama, while at the same time butchering the canon which it was originally made. They have already alienated the hardcore fans, and now they are going to to take the FANTASTIC four and make the four very human people, sucking the fantastic out of the story. I sense an epic flop in the making.
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4:03PM on 03/10/2014

NO

At this point I don't even care anymore.
At this point I don't even care anymore.
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4:01PM on 03/10/2014
at this point, i'm more interested in Tobias Funke's interpretation of the Fantastic Four. at least, it seems closer to the source material.

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at this point, i'm more interested in Tobias Funke's interpretation of the Fantastic Four. at least, it seems closer to the source material.

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3:48PM on 03/10/2014
And here I thought my interest level couldn't be any lower...
And here I thought my interest level couldn't be any lower...
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