ByManuel Castellanos, writer at
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So this new rebooted [The Fantastic Four](movie:34667) film has been receiving a lot of criticism lately and a trailer hasn't been released yet. As fans we can definitely speculate on how it will turn out and for me it's 50/50. I really want this film to succeed, I love the FF and I wan to see them again on screen with a new look. On the other hand from we've been hearing what we don't want to hear from the actors.

From my understanding it seems like they're going with the Ultimate Fantastic Four where they're all young and apparently they're origins is similar to Ultimate version as well. I am currently reading the Ultimate Fantastic Four and it's pretty good. I can see this play out on the big screen.

I could dig it
I could dig it

I am going to give my opinion on the actors if I believe they are right for the role:

Jamie Bell/ Ben Grimm (The Thing)

I have never heard the name Jamie Bell until he was casted as Ben Grimm. When I look at this actor I don't see The Thing. From my understanding they're gonna have this pretty boy turned monster and make it seem like beauty and the beast or something. Ben Grimm is supposed to be this big, strong, lovable guy with a temper and I don't see that in Jamie Bell. I'm not a fan of this casting, I haven't seen any movies of him and maybe I should, perhaps he's a good actor but for now I ain't too happy. I'm curious to know what he has to say about the movie because he has not been interviewed yet.

Kate Mara/ Susan Storm (Invisible Woman)

Kate Mara
Kate Mara

I like this actress but her most noticeable work was in the first season of House of Cards and American Horror Story. She was good but nothing fantastic. In the film she will be the adopted sister of Johnny Storm. Mara has potential but we'll wait and see when the film comes out. Plus, none of us were too happy when she spoke about the film.

Remember when Kate Mara said,

"I've never been a fan of comics, I've never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn't necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn't do it because the plot won't be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it's very exciting to be part of a movie like this."

That got most fans, including myself a little upset. So we can already assume that they're going to tweak the origins of these characters a bit if they're not going to be based on previous comics. So we have to cross out the original but I have a feeling it's going to be similar to the Ultimate version.

But let's stop and think about this. This isn't the first time something like this has happened. When the first X-men film was filming Bryan Singer told the actors not to read any of the comics because it won't be based on anything in the comics. Although, the actors still read the comics on their own time, the first X-Men film was based on nothing and we still enjoyed it. So it's possible it could happen with FF.

Michael B. Jordan / Johnny Storm (Human Torch)

Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan

Admittedly I wasn't too happy with the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, but I've gotten over it now, because he's a good actor and he seems to take this role seriously. This is one of the few reasons why I'm going to see this film.

Recently Michael B. Jordan spoke about the tone of the film and this is what he had to say.

"I’m really excited for everyone to see a different take on the franchise. It’s a grounded superhero film. You really care and get to know the characters a lot. You get a feeling like you’re discovering the characters at the same time they’re discovering themselves."

In the interview he spoke more about the costume on how they're more realistic and all but I'd like to focus on the tone. It seems like we're going to focus more on the characters more than anything else and I'm ok with that. What makes the FF so great is that they're more than just a team, they're a family and that is something you shouldn't forget when making a film like this. Hopefully we feel sympathy for these characters. especially Ben Grimm/The Thing.

Miles Teller/ Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic)

Look pretty similar
Look pretty similar

Honestly, I wasn't too happy when they announced him as Reed Richards. I was like, "Really? A guy who's been known to be a stoner in his films is going to be Mr. Fantastic?" I was not happy, until I saw the trailer for the movie Whiplash which looks fantastic! That film looks like an Oscar contender and I believe that Whiplash will be the film that will change Miles Teller image. If that film succeeds, (which i bet it will) I will have faith in Miles Teller playing Mr. Fantastic.

However, not too long ago Miles Teller was asked how he the film will be different from the previous ones saying that they're younger and the tone is different. What he also said got me upset. He said,

You’re dealing with these characters but you’re making them real people in how they exist day-to-day. People wanted it to be taken more seriously than the kind of Dick Tracy, kitschy, overly comic-book world.”

Now this got me upset. Yes we can make comic book films seriously, like Winter Soldier and Man of Steel. But we can't forget where these characters come from: the Comic Books. I liked Man of Steel but when I was watching it didn't feel like a comic-book movie to me. When I saw The Winter Soldier I was blown away because it was very serious, very realistic (sort of) and it felt like a Comic-Book film because it was colorful.

I agree that the Fantastic Four film needs to be serious, but we also need that fun colorfulness that makes a comic-book movie.

Toby Kebbel/ Dr. Doom

Doom from 1602
Doom from 1602

This was the only casting that got me excited when I first heard about it. I've seen his movies and he can act. But when i saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and saw him as Koba, I was convinced that he was perfect for the role.

To conclude, I am hopeful that this film will be good. We deserve to see Marvel's first team on the big screen again and I hope it's good, but I understand why people are disinterested in it. The film will have it's flaws and fans probably won't be too happy, but I am going to optimistic about it and hope for the best.


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