It wasn’t too long ago that we all got our very first look at Chronicle director Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four film from 20th Century Fox, a reboot of the film series based on the “first family” of Marvel Comics. Still, for a film releasing in the United States this coming June, it seems odd that we haven’t received a very thorough look of the film, outside of the recently released teaser trailer. Now, though, 20th Century Fox Japan has released a new, international trailer, and it gives us a more in-depth look at both the tone of the story, as well as some of the effects surrounding the main characters.
See it below:
It’s pretty thrilling seeing Johnny Storm go all “flame on,” as well as even just the slightest hint at what’s to come with Ben Grimm/the Thing. While we still haven’t had much of an opportunity to see what Reed Richards and Sue Storm are capable of, the overall tone of the film and the looks of the effects in these trailers show a film that’s definitely being given a through treatment, even if we can’t really tell ourselves. In an earlier interview, director Josh Trank likened the transformation that the FF go through with the “body horror” largely innovated in the modern era by director David Cronenberg, particularly with his remake of The Fly.
That’s a very interesting idea, especially considering that no other American superhero film has ever really taken that approach to the changes that heroes go through in their bodies in order to become the characters that we know about. Spider-Man’s changes don’t ever really seem to shock Peter Parker, Steve Rogers’ super soldier serum worked perfectly, and characters like Thor and Superman were born with their abilities. The Fantastic Four are the perfect characters to try out this approach on, and that should make this film, at the very least, very interesting.
Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/the Human Torch, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/the Thing, and Toby Kebbell as Victor Dormashev/Doom (the film’s version of supervillain Dr. Doom). Originally scheduled for release in June, the film will now be released on August 7th. For more on the film as it develops, keep a tab open to GeekNation!
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