The forthcoming Josh Trank-directed Fantastic Four reboot, slated to reach theaters in mid-summer 2015, has been bumped from June to Aug. 7.
When fans finally get to see it, this F4 version will reportedly differ greatly from its predecessors. That might not be bad news at all. Despite their modest success at the box office, the earlier films, which starred Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd, were not hits among fans or critics.
“It’s different in every way,” Miles Teller, who plays Mr. Fantastic in the reboot, told Vulture. “All those actors were a lot older, their characters were in different places. The tone of this film is completely different. We don’t have Michael Chiklis in a big Styrofoam thing, and I think that [a more grounded approach] is what people are into—X-Men: First Class is doing that. You’re dealing with these characters, but you’re making them real people in how they exist day-to-day. People wanted it to be taken more seriously than the kind of Dick Tracy, kitschy, overly comic-book world.”
Writer Simon Kinberg echoed Teller’s comments in an interview with Crave Online. He said, “It’s a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple of movies. If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between Spider-Man and Chronicle. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man. In many ways I would say it’s definitely more of a drama than a comedy.”
The Fantastic Four reboot will be an origin story of sorts, which may account for the intention to make it more realistic. But that term has recently been thrown around a lot in relation to hero movies. We’ll have to wait and see if more “realism” alienates fans of the comic books.