It's been a good couple of weeks since information leaked out reminding us that Fox's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot is going to be complete shit show, so I was excited when I saw that Collider has an interview with Doctor Doom actor Toby Kebbell. Just to recap, whenever one of the actors in that film speaks about it, they reveal some mind-bogglingly stupid decision by director Josh Trank or Fox. For instance, there was the time that Sue Storm actress Kate Mara said that Trank instructed the cast to *not* read the comics under any circumstances because the movie won't be based on them. Then there was the time that Johnny Storm actor Michael Jordan said that superpowers would be treated as a "disability" in the movie, and the other time that he said the cast will wear "containment suits" instead of costumes. On top of all that, the movie might be "found footage" in the style of Cloverfield.
Could Kebbell live up to these kinds of expectations? He didn't disappoint:
I’m excited to see it too, and my nerves really…The only thing I can tease you about is what I worked on most was the voice because nobody—even in the cartoons, when I was watching them I was like, “So where’s he from?” There’s a mild change and I’ll tell you because of our history.
He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story. And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours—I’m a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I’m “Doom”.
That's right. He's not named Victor Von Doom, and "Doom" is his blogging pseudonym, you know, like ThanosCopter or Jude Terror or Rich Johnston.
Why all the changes? I can only conclude that Trank and Fox are terribly embarrassed by the source material here, and that they are doing everything in their power to distance themselves from making a comic book movie. Unfortunately for them, the result of their efforts looks to be far more embarrassing than anything Stan and Jack could have dreamed up even in their campiest days.
Prepare for schadenfreude as Fantastic Four hits theaters on August 7, 2015.