‘Fantastic Four’ Gets New Character Focused Images; Director Josh Trank Talks up the Big Superhero Reboot

It’s been a few weeks since the release of the first trailer for Fantastic Four and the bundle of details that came along with it, and while the reaction felt like it was split right down the middle, it’s still one of the most looked forward to movies of this year. It’s been a little quiet on that front since then, until now. Empire Magazine has released a set of images, which feature each member of the team, along with an interview with director Josh Trank on the big superhero reboot.

First up, the newly released images. Below you can see Miles Teller as Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm a.k.a. Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm a.k.a. Human Torch, and Jamie as Ben Grimm a.k.a. The Thing.

While the images aren’t much, and the fact that its release is now just six months away, it’s really nice to (finally) get a little something on a big movie that has been pretty damn mysterious to this point.

Along with getting the up close images of the FF members, Empire was able to sit down and get some goos stuff from director Josh Trank. Here, he talks about the difference between the movies from ten years ago, and his movie:

“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.”

Also got to talking about the change to his Johnny Storm:

“I had just come off working with Michael B. Jordan and his character, Steve, in Chronicle had a lot of similar characteristics to Johnny Storm. And I thought it would be interesting to take the family dynamic of the Storms, which is brother and sister, and bring that more into the 21st century in terms of what we consider the norm. I have mixed family in my own family and it’s something that isn’t out of the ordinary anymore but we don’t really see it portrayed in the casual reality of the movies. That’s something I felt that would be interesting and challenging, to have mixed siblings.”

As well as changes to his sister, Sue Storm:

“There have always been two categories of Sue – the slutty secretary version, and this brilliant scientist version. This is a really, really smart Sue, and one that is dignified and has integrity.”

(I would’ve been okay with either, personally) Other points in the article included Trank describing The Fantastic Four as a “dark Amblin movie”, while also making references to Steven Spielberg’s films.

Just from Trank’s comments and the kind of ‘transformation’ the characters and story has had, we have definitely come a long way since the first franchise. It sounds like he’s almost updating the current style of comic book movies, and going towards a more 21st century style. If so, Fantastic Four could give us something different and very cool, something worth watching.

Fantastic Four will be released on August 7th, 2015. Directed by Josh Trank starring Miles Tellar, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, and Tim Blake Nelson.

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