‘Fantastic Four’ Director Confirms Darker Reboot

There have been many questions over the Fantastic Four reboot. It was not that long ago that Ioan Gufford and Jessica Alba appeared in a reboot that did not do too well. Director for the reboot, Josh Trank seems to believe that a darker reboot will help with that.

He has confirmed that he will take a darker, grittier take with the new reboot. According to IGN, he believed that the original two films were too “cartoonish,” which is something that many movies are right now. He wanted something that would interest the viewers and that meant something interesting for the writers. The darker tone has certainly proven to be more dramatic, tragic, and challenging to write.

“The original two films to me are very similar to a lot of recent movies that have come out, in terms of that kind of cartoonish. It’s just not something that me and Simon are interested in as storytellers. There’s the opportunity to make something that is challenging and tragic and dramatic. The opportunity is right there in the material. We’d rather steer it in that direction as opposed to just embracing a tone that comes right off the page.”

During the interview, Trank also confirmed his reasoning behind casting Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch in the new Fantastic Four reboot. It was not out of political correctness, but because Trank had just come away from filming with the black actor, and believed he was right for the role. As many suspected, the storyline between Johnny and Sue Storm will differ but not too much. They will still be siblings.

It is expected that the darker tone for the Fantastic Four reboot will be viewed with mixed reactions. Just recently, Joseph Kahn directed and released a short Power Rangers movie, telling the tale of the Rangers after the intergalactic war came to an end. CNET described it as Blade Runner meets Kill Bill, and it was met with mixed reactions from fans. Original Green Ranger, Jason David Frank was not a big fan of the grittier tone, but a number of fans were excited to see it.

Fantastic Four may benefit from the darker tone in the way that the Batman trilogy with Christian Bale did. The series helped lead to the darker TV show Gotham.

The new reboot of the four superheroes will debut on August 7, 2015. It will star Jordon as the Human Torch, Kate Mara as Invisible Girl, Miles Teller as Stretch, and Jamie Bell as The Rock. The movie will tell the origins again, but it is expected to be slightly different from the original comics. Teller recently stated that his character would not have full control of his stretching capabilities and there is a limit. Neither of those were an issue in the DC universe. Trank has not confirmed this for Fantastic Four, but has confirmed the darker take.

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