Josh Trank’s new Fantastic Four has been mired in controversy since the start. First there was pushback from fans for casting younger actors in the lead roles, as well as making Sue Storm and her brother Johnny adopted siblings. Then there were rumors about reshoots, because supposedly Fox executives were unhappy with the finished product. This led people to assume that trouble during production was the reason there hadn’t been any promotion for the film yet, even though the movie had finished filming more than six months prior.
But now all that drama is in the past, and Fantastic Four is clearly looking ahead to its worldwide premiere in just a few months. Sure, there’s still some people talking about the film’s casting, but one of the stars recently addressed that by penning an open letter to critics. Meanwhile, writer-producer Simon Kinberg also confirmed that the movie did require 3-4 days of extra filming, but that it was all a normal part of the post-production process. So finally the newest trailer above shows the film in all its glory, with more action and footage than ever before.
Even though most comic book fans already know the Fantastic Four story by now, it’s been ten years since the last time their origin was told on the big screen. So it bears repeating simply to see Trank’s new grittier version, and the new international trailer takes this responsibility very seriously.
For Fantastic Four, Trank has assembled an award-winning all-star cast, with Miles Teller (Whiplash), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) in the lead roles. The team’s powers are on full display in the trailer, which outside of these shots is mostly comprised of previously seen footage put together in a new way to tell the whole story.
Despite all the negative talk surrounding the film, the true test of Fantastic Four will, of course, be the critics’ reviews and ultimately the movie’s box office come August. So far the plot has been kept tightly under wraps and out of the trailers, as promotional material has primarily focused on the super-powered team. But we do get an inkling in the new trailer of where the film’s primary conflict will come from this time around.
So there’s obviously more to Fantastic Four than meets the eye. Are you excited to see if the movie lives up to all the hype, Screen Rant readers? Let us know in the comments.
Fantastic Four hits theaters on August 7th, 2015.