With Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron already in the books and Ant-Man in the middle of its marketing push, it’s easy to forget that 20th Century Fox has their own superhero film releasing this year. Director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is set to launch this August at the close of the summer movie season.
Originally slated for release just over two months ago, Fantastic Four has already been delayed twice. The film was first pushed back to June 19, 2015, to premire between Jurassic World and Terminator: Genysis. Fox delayed the movie a second time to August 7, 2015, moving the film away from the heavier competition. The reboot’s announcement has been met with mixed reactions and the two delays haven’t helped strengthen the film’s standing with fans.
The studio has now unveiled a short promo video of Michael B. Jordan’s Human Torch in action (above), which seems to be counting down to the release date of the film. The twelve-second teaser ends with a burning Fantastic Four symbol that is replaced by ‘2 months’ to start the countdown.
Michael B. Jordan’s casting as the Human Torch has been a source of controversy among certain fans. However, the backlash didn’t change the actor’s excitement to play the character and it clearly didn’t affect Fox as they’re putting their marketing dollars behind him.
That said, the teaser itself is a little disappointing. While we’re excited to see Jordan bring charisma to the role of Johnny Storm, the teaser is just recycled footage of the character in action. There’s nothing new here to ramp up excitement. Perhaps it would’ve been a stronger teaser if it had included the character’s iconic phrase: ‘Flame on!’
Fantastic Four has a lot to prove this summer. Despite being the first superhero team created by the legendary Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the previous cinematic adaptations aren’t exactly beloved. While the 1990s movie is considered so bad it’s good, the mid-2000s movies were underwhelming and left fans leery of the reboot. Changing the scientific explanation for Reed Richards’ powers only upset fans further. It remains to be seen if Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot can bring in the general audience and make the film a financial success.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Do you like the look of the Human Torch in action? Let us know in the comments.
Fantastic Four – starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell – opens in U.S. theaters August 7, 2015.
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