Fox's Fantastic Four reboot is taking an interesting approach to a comic book movie. And by interesting approach, we mean no approach at all. Instead, the movie will apparently do everything in its power to avoid being connected to the comics in any way. Invisible Woman actress Kate Mara did an interview for the Mexican version Esquire magazine, and ComicBookMovie.com put their top Latino correspondents (Google Translate) on the case. Here's what she had to say:
I've never been a fan of comics, I've never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director [Josh Trank] 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.
Okay, you say. So they're coming up with an original story. Why are you so angry, Jude Terror?
First of all:
Second of all, let's check back with what writer-producer Simon Kinberg had to say about the film back in April:
This ‘Fantastic Four’ movie is in some ways a reboot, and in other ways just a standalone origin story. And by the end of the movie — we really don’t call them the Fantastic Four, they’re not celebrity superheroes. The tone of the movie is much more grounded and real and gritty, more in the direction of ‘Chronicle’ than in the direction of the original ‘Fantastic Four’ movies. So it is about how really four — and in some ways five, you know, with Victor Von Doom — how five people go from being normal people in the world to being transformed into something, sort of, when it first happens, abnormal and then by the end superhuman.
Add to that the fact that Mara also said in an interview earlier this year that there might not even be costumes in the movie...
I don't know that there is a suit. People keep saying that to me, but I don't even know that there is a suit.
And we've got the makings of an epic disaster here. Seriously, if you're so ashamed of making a comic book movie that you're doing away with costumes, won't call your superhero team by its name, won't even refer to them as superheroes, and explicitly instruct your actors not to read the comic books... maybe you just shouldn't make a comic book movie.
"Grounded and real and gritty." Yeecchhh.
Superman v Batman: Dawn of Justice is going to be less of a clusterfuck than this.