Before the expected arrival later today of the teaser trailer for “The Fantastic Four,” Collider has debuted the first official set photos from the Fox reboot, accompanied by a lengthy interview with director Josh Trank and producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg that pulls back the curtain on the secretive production.
The two images include a look at Michael B. Jordan wearing a Human Torch costume that eschews the traditional bright blue jumpsuits of the Marvel comics — or even the bodysuits of the previous movies — for something more in line with the director’s “hard sci-fi take” on the Fantastic Four.
“I’m a huge David Cronenberg fan,” Trank said, “and I always viewed Fantastic Four and the kind of weirdness that happens to these characters and how they’re transformed to really fall in line more with a Cronenberg-ian science fiction tale of something horrible happening to your body and [it] transforming out of control. And the potential for a hard sci-fi take on that material makes me really excited.”
Kinberg added that the film is inspired by Marvel’s “Ultimate Fantastic Four” “as much as anything else.”
Although the director, who rose to fame with his feature debut “Chronicle,” has remained off the radar for the better part of the past year, he’s keenly aware of the intense rumors surrounding the project — most recently that the reboot is “a mess.”
“I think a lot of that stuff is stemming from the fact that we’ve consciously decided to not release anything official,” the director told Collider. “This isn’t like ‘The Avengers.’ Even when the first ‘Avengers’ came out, there were four other movies that people were familiar with. The suits and the tone and the look and the feel. So they could release those things or drop them on Twitter. With Simon on the X-Men movies, there were other movies that came before the last X-Men movie, so Bryan [Singer] could feel more confident in tweeting teases of what’s to come. But this movie, we really want the audience to have the proper reaction to this material seeing it for the first time. You’ve really got to put your best foot forward. You can’t just leak an image to strike up a conversation. You want people to see something that has thought behind it. And the teaser should do just that. ”
Arriving Aug. 7, “The Fantastic Four” also stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.
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