7 Points of Interest in the First 'Fantastic Four' Trailer
Watch the whole team transform in the new clip!
Today we finally get our first look at the rebooted Fantastic Four franchise helmed by Chronicle director Josh Trank. The trailer dropped Tuesday morning, and Trank and producer Simon Kinberg also made a video that explains more of what's happening for the hardcore fans.
Trank's vision was to show a younger Fantastic Four, and to that end he cast Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara as Susan Storm (The Invisible Woman), Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch), and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing). With the trailer's voiceover about space exploration, allusions to inter-dimensional travel, and a long-shot of an old car speeding down a dusty rural road we're definitely getting some Interstellar vibes. Check out the video and we'll go over a few points of interest below.
#1. The Character Reveals
This trailer is not messing around. It clearly shows us each team member in character-establishing shots, then shows us their powered-up versions, and ends with them standing together as the superhero team we know and love. Here's the sequence.
#2. Reed, the Child Prodigy
Josh Trank says he was inspired by seeing a young Reed Richards tinkering with his inventions in Marvel's Ultimate Fantastic Four, and he absolutely wanted to do a movie where we would see him at work in his garage. Here's Li'l Reed in the trailer with a kid we assume is Ben Grimm because the establishing shot outside shows "GRIMM" painted on the side of the garage.
#3. Stan Lee "Loved" the Idea of Taking the Team Seriously
For what it's worth, Trank says creator Stan Lee gave the concept his blessing, and was excited that the movie would have a more serious, dramatic tone. The director also says they purposefully went after more dramatic actors who could keep the movie grounded, and the movie will go out of its way to put the "science" in science fiction.
#4. The Thing Was Done with Motion Capture
We already knew this, but it's worth noting that Jamie Bell won't be putting on a crazy suit like Michael Chiklis in the previous franchise. This time Ben Grimm's rocky body will be created in a computer with Bell putting in a motion capture performance, a concept we've seen work brilliantly lately in the Apes movies, and in Guardians of the Galaxy. It remains to be seen if The Thing will live up to those high-water marks, but Trank says we will see Jamie Bell's real eyes set in The Thing's face.
#5. The Team Wears "Containment Suits"
Producer Simon Kinberg says Josh Trank calls the Fantastic Four's costumes "Containment Suits," and they help them control their powers. It's a new phrase, but not a new concept.
#6. Instead of Outer Space, Our Heroes Will Be Exploring Inter-Dimensional Travel
This time around the heroes will gain their powers after an experiment in inter-dimensional travel goes awry. We don't know yet how much the movie will lean on the inter-dimensional stuff, but we're guessing Trank will be playing with the concept quite a bit.
It's All About Family
Staying true to the original comic book's conceit of the Fantastic Four being a warts-and-all surrogate family, Trank says this movie will explore how far a family can be stretched apart and still come back together to be stronger than ever.