Nowadays, pretty much any superhero movie being backed by a major studio becomes a spring/summer blockbuster. Somewhat surprisingly, the superhero genre of action films has started producing really good movies on a more consistent basis.I can’t think of a superhero comic book adaptation post-Green Lantern that drew unanimous distaste from audiences. This being said, 2015’s new Fantastic Four film is a reboot of some of the worst superhero movies out there. Tim Story’s Fantastic Four in 2005 and subsequent sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer were major critical flops. Because of this, it is understandable to be cautious with your excitement about the reboot from Josh Trank (Chronicle). I am, too.
But the trailer looks pretty damn cool. It looks at first glance that the reboot is stripping away the misplaced comedic aspects of the original films and is going for a style similar to other successful superhero movies of the current decade. The film stars Miles Teller (hear what I think of Teller’s other roles here and here) as the Four’s leader Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm aka The Invisible Woman, and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as the Human Torch. It also co-stars Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of Apes) as the Four’s arch-nemesis Dr. Doom and Tim Blake Nelson as lesser known supervillain the Mole Man, but neither of their faces appear in the trailer. All in all, the casting choices here look far more promising than what we were given in the original Fantastic Four cast.
The trailer itself doesn’t show too much. The first half is dominated by isolated shots of the actor’s faces in order to tease the star-studdedness of the cast. We even get a shot of good ol’ Freddy from House of Cards (Reg E. Cathey), who plays Dr. Franklin Storm. After these contextualizing shots are done, we see various shots of the accident that causes the four to mutate. We see The Thing burst out of some rocky shell. We see the Human Torch “flame on.” We see a large shockwave pulsating through the city. The trailer ends with the four standing and looking over a gigantic electrical storm, where a large bolt of electricity has enveloped a plane, among other things.
This movie looks good. The casting alone makes me excited for it, and even though superhero movies have started to wane in popularity for me personally, I will most likely go see this movie. Tentatively, this movie has a late summer release of August 7. This seems pretty late for a superhero movie, but I still think it will do adequately well at the box office. And, as far as quality is concerned, it really can only go up from its predecessors.
You can view the new trailer from 20th Century Fox here.
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–Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)
(Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox)