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So, does Josh Trank’s new Fantastic Four movie look like a “gritty reboot”?
As promised, the new Fantastic Four reboot looks pretty serious.
Directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), the reboot stars a cast of acclaimed actors including Miles Teller (Whiplash), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott), and Kate Mara (House of Cards). The first trailer is here, and it bears more of a resemblance to gritty superhero movies like Man of Steel than to the more lighthearted Fantastic Four movies of the mid-2000s.
This reimagining of the Fantastic Four gives the characters their superpowers by transporting them to another dimension. In the trailer, we get a wide-ranging look at the film without giving away any real plot details, including a glimpse of each of the characters’ powers and some hints about their non-superheroic jobs. (Speaking of superheroes, there’s no sign of their costumes yet, if indeed they have traditional versions of the Fantastic Four outfits at all. All we see in this trailer is what appears to be a kind of spacesuit-like body armor.)
The question now is whether Josh Trank’s Chronicle credibility shines through, or if Fantastic Four winds up being dismissed as yet another dreaded “gritty reboot.” Judging by this trailer, it could go either way.
Photo via 20th Century Fox/YouTube
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor