Josh Trank’s upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise seems to be in an odd place, where Twentieth Century Fox needs to start marketing but seems unwilling to part with much information or footage. This may be due to a desire for secrecy on Trank’s part, but it means that so far what we know about the movie mostly comes down to frequently repeated buzzwords like “gritty,” “grounded,” “realistic” and “humanized.”
Considering the fact that the Fantastic Four is a superhero team made up of a guy who can stretch his limbs, a big orange rock monster, a guy who lights himself on fire and flies around, and a woman who can turn invisible and create forcefields, there’s probably a limit to how realistic Fantastic Four can be. With that said, the trailer certainly gave off a very serious vibe.
A new set of character featurettes about Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm offer very little insight into these characters, instead focusing on the actors that play them (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell) and how they got the roles (spoiler: they auditioned). There’s no new footage shown and some of the trailer footage that is shown has to be played in slow-motion because there’s so little of it that it can’t fill even a fraction of a 30-second featurette.
The interviews with Trank and screenwriter Simon Kinberg aren’t particularly interesting either, and mostly just consist of the two creatives praising the actors and making vague statements about the casting choices, such as Kinberg stating they went for “dramatic actors.” The only somewhat interesting reveal is that Teller originally auditioned for Chronicle, which is what first drew him to Trank’s attention.
Die-hard fans who are already eagerly awaiting Fantastic Four might get a kick out of these videos, but Fox really needs to come up with some stronger marketing material before August if there’s to be any hope of Fantastic Four 2 actually making it into theaters.
Fantastic Four will be in theaters on August 7th, 2015.