Super powers showcased in “Fantastic Four” reboot trailer

15 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Fantastic Four’ reboot adds a new trailer, subtracts a dimension.

“It is our duty as human beings to push forward into the unknown,” according to the latest Fantastic Four trailer, which premiered at San Diego Comic-Con, “but sometimes you’re looking to discover one thing, and you find something else.” Such is the case with the Fantastic Four, who will take on Doctor Doom (Toby Kebbell) this summer, as soon as they harness their accidentally acquired superpowers.

“Fantastic,” which is being released by 20th Century Fox and is based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name, stars Miles Teller as scientist Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Fantastic, Reed Richards was like any other normal kid, bragging about his teleportation device in class and causing massive blackouts in his neighborhood with botched science experiments. Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell all look convincing as Reed Richards, Sue Storm, and Ben Grimm, but perhaps the most exciting addition to the mix is Michael B.

The new clip goes on to showcase the Fantastic Four’s actual ground-zero moment — a freak accident in an alternate universe that leaves Reed (Miles Teller), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan’s Johnny Storm, aka Human Torch, who quips, “I’m gonna need a heat-resistant workshop … and a big-ass sunroof.” But the threat of Doctor Doom is looming—he promises, “This is the end of your world, and the beginning of mine.” The movie premieres Aug. 7.

Fantastic (Teller) and the gang are up against on-screen — ominous speeches, a creepy visage and widespread destruction, for starters — it also arrives in the wake of off-screen developments that underscore the challenges faced by the Fox tent-pole as it attempts to win over fans and jump-start a new franchise. The release of the trailer comes days after Fox hyped the movie at Comic-Con International in San Diego, putting it in front of legions of the faithful.

The film will feature a score by Philip Glass – the legendary composer’s first time working on a superhero film – along with Marco Beltrami. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Ultimately, however, “Fantastic Four” was overshadowed by Fox’s previews of “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Deadpool,” not to mention rival studios’ presentations. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

Around the same time, a report from the U.K.-based website Final Reel confirmed that “Fantastic Four” will not be released in 3-D as originally planned. In a statement, Trank cited artistic reasons for the reversal, saying he wanted the movie experience “to remain as pure as possible for the audience, which means in 2D, just as we shot the movie.” While a traditional 2-D release may well be Trank’s preference, the change has once again whipped up rumors of a troubled production.

The movie is another indication of the short time span studios now leave between new incarnations of stories – it was only eight years ago that Jessica Alba and Evans starred in a “Fantastic Four” film. One reporter wrote of the movie panel, “[‘Fantastic’] has been battling a wave of negative buzz for months … the film perhaps inevitably wound up feeling a bit overshadowed by other superhero offerings” like “Deadpool,” a character that’s hitting the screen for the first time, and “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which has familiar characters but a new villain. Another journalist wrote that the film “carries a whiff of been-there, done-that” at Comic-Con and one called it a “loser” of Comic-Con, writing, “After seeing that insane ‘Deadpool’ and ‘X-Men’ footage, who even remembered having seen ‘Fantastic Four’ stuff as well? They had a last chance to spark some fan interest in this new movie, and it just didn’t happen.” The film isn’t out, so who knows – it could get a rapturous response from critics and benefit from a quiet weekend.

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