Kate Mara Promises ‘Grounded’ But ‘Different’ ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 10th, 2014 at 10:31 am,

Kate Mara Talks Fantastic Four Reboot Kate Mara Promises Grounded But Different Fantastic Four Reboot

If Fox’s choice of Josh Trank as the director of Fantastic Four didn’t convince you that the studio was taking the franchise in a bold, new direction, then the announcement that Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Kate Mara would play Marvel’s first family surely did. Jordan’s casting was notable as being a decisive switch from the comics where Johnny Storm/Human Torch is white. Likewise, Mara’s casting as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman was also a little surprising for some people as she’s his sister and is white.

The casting, however, is more of a sign that this Fantastic Four is seeking a different caliber of onscreen talent, falling in line with its different interpretation. Unlike previous Sue Storm, Jessica Alba – best known for her work in a slew of rom-coms and as exotic dancer Nancy Callahan in Sin City –  Mara has earned acclaim for her dramatic chops with roles in House of Cards and American Horror Story, making her a good fit for a more serious, perhaps darker take on the Fantastic Four.

Which, subsequently, is something producer Matthew Vaughn and Teller  – who described this FF as “very grounded” –  have touched on already.

Recently, while promoting her latest film, Transcendence, to IGN, Mara was asked for an update on Fantastic Four and again mentioned its “grounded” tone:

“Well, I don’t know very much about it, which is weird but true! Umm, all I know is that it’s going to be a very different take on the film, which people may not expect . I’m not really familiar with the comic books…I picked up a few when I got the part. I think we’re making a very grounded version of a superhero film. I trust Josh Trank’s vision as I was a huge fan of ‘Chronicle.’ “

“Grounded” is a term we hear a lot these days, but what it actually means can differ from project to project. A superhero film that’s been described as grounded can either be low-key in its approach and low-budget in its production like Trank’s Chronicle, or it can be a bit bleak and washed-out like Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. With Trank at the helm, FF likely leans more toward the former.

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Mara was also asked about whether or not she’s had a costume fitting for her role as the Invisible Woman, and she implied that she isn’t even sure she’ll have a costume. This, if true, would be a surprising development, but would surely fit in with any attempt at making the team appear more grounded.

However, seeing as their costumes are designed to work specifically with their powers – for example, The Human Torch’s costume won’t burn when he’s on fire – it’s tough to imagine they’ll simply have a wardrobe of power-friendly clothing. Then again, maybe so! This Fantastic Four is supposedly a bold, new take after all.

When you hear Fantastic Four will be a “grounded” approach, do you imagine that means no costumes, no team name, et cetera, or simply a darker, more serious tone? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


Fantastic Four is scheduled to open in U.S. theaters on June 19th, 2015.

Source: IGN (via JoBlo)

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  1. Ok, I do think this “can” be a good movie even with the changes they are making to the source material, I don’t necessarily like that or agree with it, but I am open to it.
    I do “hope” this is a good movie also. Because realistically, even it absolutely tanked and they never did another and rights revert back to Marvel, that would 10 years down the road and who knows if comic based movies will still hold their popularity that long, I certainly think they can and hope they do, but it is always a crap shoot.
    I am concerned though that they have an actress playing a part that she has no clue about the history of. Whether she plays it differently or not, she should still want to know the history of this character. I can understand being approached for a part without knowing the history beforehand, but after getting the part there should be more research on it than just picking up a few comics and looking at them (with no apparent level of interest I might add).
    I have nothing against Kate Mara personally, the things I’ve seen her in she does well, but this seeming level of non-interest in the character history has me very concerned. I can deal even the race change of the Human Torch because Michael seems to be very interested in the character and the history behind it and who he is and has been, but Kate’s almost dismissal of the comic history of her character is disappointing to put it mildly.

    • I’d have to agree 100%.
      The casting is way off. (And… can we have more Adults than ‘Children’ in these films?)
      The story ideas are scaring me.
      The casting is way off.
      We don’t need a ‘reboot’ (Again, really?)
      The casting is way off.
      Maybe we can make the Producers watch Captain America 2 to see what a really good ‘Superhero’ story can be…

      I’m sure that I’ll be able to pick up the DVD in the $5.00 bin at WalMart soon after the release.

      You guys?

  2. Sssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeooooooooooooooooooooooiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii


  3. That’s what happens when a certain actor gets some recognition. They think the world does not deserve them. Her disdain for the comics is evident. I said it before and I said it again, this film is going to fail miserably. Please, please staff of the X Men films, stay away from this crap.

  4. YEAH! Can’t wait to see Kate Mara’s Gelfling looks muck up Fantastic Four….FOX STYLE!


  5. Maybe the Human Torch won’t actually “flame on”. Maybe in this “grounded” version the “flame” will be the fire in his heart, that becomes “on” when he finds the power to love himself from within. In which case, yea, I totally don’t see the need for costumes.

  6. Big ol’ P-A-S-S from me.

    I most likely won’t even Redbox it simply because this is NOT Marvel’s Fantastic Four. This is instead a group that has the same names and similar powers but the relationship ends there. Might just as well have added a member and called it “The Fabulous Five!”.

  7. Someone appears to be on drugs.

  8. It’s official, true believers.

    This one’s gonna suck.

  9. I had an issue with the casting of the team, now this “Very Grounded” vision crap. The news just keeps getting worse and worse. Now, I am willing to keep an open mind. Maybe the actual screen play will be awesome (enough to make up for the Thing being 5’6″ – Really, WTF.) and all of these nightmarish visions of disasters will be wrong.

    Then again…

  10. This is not very likely, but what if the plan is to make them mutants? I think it’s been rumored that they come with powers in tow already and we know Fox is wanting a crossover multiverse a la MCU, so maybe they go and make the FF mutants. It would certainly be a “different” spin on them and “ground” it within the X-men universe.

    I have no idea how I’d feel about that, personally … but it fits the criteria of different and grounded…

    In other popular rants: I don’t have any problem with Johnny Storm or any other character being black … I do have a problem with Johnny and Sue not being full blooded siblings (and no, adopted, step-, half-siblings does count …. this is coming from someone with six step-brothers, one half-brother, but only one full blooded sister … that bond with my sister is singularly special). It changes the relationship on a fundamental level. But, with proper storytelling, they can avoid the situation completely … just don’t put them in a situation to “test” that relationship and expect it to be believable.

    Also, a lot of people like to get on a kick regarding “realism” in a movie about “superpowers”. To keep things believable/realistic, it doesn’t mean things have to adhere to OUR reality, it just means they need to adhere to “THEIR” reality. As in, they need to play by their own rules …. maintain consistency in that regards. Which brings me back to mutant. We have an established universe that defines the role and aspects of mutants and making this change would quickly assimilate this movie as a part of an already establish universe.

  11. does not count*

    no edit button? really?

  12. ARE YOU F$#KING SERIOUS?!?! I swear it is like they are trying to make this a bad movie let me get this straight so far we have the worst casting I’ve seen since Batman and Robin, Changing the origin, making it “Dark and Gritty” because F@#K IT worked for The Dark Knight despite Fanastic Four always being a lighter unrealistic group of heroes and now NO COSTUMES?!?

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  14. Can’t be worse than the first two they made. I think Jordan will do a good job. Twins from an interracial couple can actually come out being different colors so that doesn’t bother me. Honestly, they could completely change Mr. Fantastic’s powers and I’d be cool with it. I always thought the other three were cool but the stretchy man was lame. That’s just a gripe of mine with the comic itself..always thought it would have been better to just have Mr. Fantastic to be a supreme genius instead.

  15. Convince me this will be fantastic.

  16. Jessica Alba single handily ruined The previous Fantastic Four franchise for me. She was nothing but eye candy, a porn star would have been just as sufficient, she was so bad, I winced whenever she was on screen. Ioan Guffudd was a good though. A stupid bimbo is not who Sue Storm is, so I am excited about this reboot, Kate Mara is a good actress and attractive as well. I wish the X-Men would get rebooted as well, I hate the franchise, I only kind of liked the first 2, the rest suck.