The “Fantastic Four” Trailer: “Be Ready for What’s Coming”
After months of hand-wringing, casting doubt, and lamenting the impending Black Johnny Storm, a teaser trailer for the new Fantastic Four movie has finally arrived. Miraculously, it manages to not look like a complete train wreck.
The teaser, as expected, doesn’t illuminate much. We see each of “The Four” in their roles, but hear no dialogue. We get glimpses of their superpowers, but the only character that looks impressive at this stage is The Thing. And it is clear that the entire film will have a science fiction “sheen” in which everything, from faces to metal to dirt, will shine.
Where are the fight scenes? Is this just a sci-fi heavy origin story? Just how far have they deviated from comic book canon? There are no definitive answers to these questions, but comic book fans should brace themselves for big changes. There are no iconic uniforms. And besides a panning shot of the stars and “The Four” in desolate terrain, outer space doesn’t seem integral to the story at all. But most criminally, there isn’t even any Doctor Doom.
This is a stark difference from the prior Fantastic Four films that have been released. Those relied on flash, light-hearted comedy, and basic storylines. This teaser hints at high stakes for the film’s characters and a much more serious handling of the property. The ominous voice-over and destruction are very reminiscent of the promotions for Man of Steel. In both instances, the studio needed viewers to buy into another superhero property that had a sketchy past in film. The results were positive for Superman. But this teaser trailer doesn’t shed enough light on the film to know just how successful an adaptation it will be.
Fantastic Four, featuring direction from Josh Trank and a screenplay by Simon Kinberg, will hit theaters August 7th, 2015.
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