The old adage that ‘No news is good news,’ certainly did not hold true for Chronicle director Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Until about a month ago (at the time of writing this), we had seen virtually nothing official from the film – not one image, trailer, promo poster, piece of concept art or anything that gave fans (already buzzing about big changes the movie is making) insight into what Trank’s vision is all about.
Now that the Fantastic Four trailer is out, hatred of the film has tapered off into general curiosity – if not trepidation – about how this new version of Marvel’s first family will play onscreen. And one area that’s generated the most curiosity is no doubt the new costumes that The Fantastic Four will wear.
Before the trailer ever hit, some leaked descriptions of the new Fantastic Four costumes – as well as some sketch art generated from those descriptions – put the new look in line with what Fantastic Four cast members had said about this more grounded and science-based version of the story:
Michael B. Jordan: It’s a new look. We are all in containment suits. It’s gritty. It’s a gritty film.
The costume process definitely took some time to get in and out of that thing, especially since I was bulking up. It was a little more snug during filming. We got through it man. It was a process, but we did it. It was hard work. I’m really excited about it, everyone is really happy. We worked hard for three months, put a lot of time into it. The script is very grounded and relatable to everybody, as much as you can. You really get a chance to grow with these characters. It’s an origin story. You get to discover these abilities – these disabilities rather – and grow with them.
Now compare that description – and the artwork based on it – with these new closer looks at the new Fantastic Four costumes, courtesy of Total Film (via Games Radar):
Two big things immediately jump out from these new images:
- We still aren’t being given a look at the new all-CGI version of The thing, who will be played by Snowpiercer actor Jamie Bell. Director Josh Trank and producer Simon Kinberg (Star Wars Rebels, X-Men: Apocalypse) have openly stated in the past that they won’t show aspects of the film until they’re in top-notch condition – so maybe The Thing just isn’t fully ready for public scrutiny yet?
- These are indeed more like “containment suits” – designed for function – rather than traditional superhero costumes. We already know that the Fantastic Four reboot is following closer along to the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic book of the 2000s; in that series, the code names, costumes and entire superhero identity of the team was played down in favor of the sci-fi family drama. The same seems to be true of this movie.
While Reed Richards clearly has springs to help control his elongating limbs, and Johnny has vents to help control his flame powers, it’s still unclear what Sue needs her suit to “contain.” We’ve been told that the Fantastic Four’s powers in this movie will be more elemental based – Reed=Water, Thing=Earth, Johnny=Fire, Sue=Air – but nothing in Sue’s costume photo reveals the “danger” in her powers that needs containing.
Fantastic Four will be in theaters on August 7, 2015.
Source: Total Film (via Games Radar)