Miles Teller (‘Divergent‘,’Project X’) is the latest to speak up on why he joined the cast of the ‘Fantastic Four’. While Michael B. Jordan (‘Chronicle‘, ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox‘) may have joined because he “grew up a comic book guy” and the “Human Torch is one of [his] favorite characters”, you aren’t going to be seeing any of that from why Teller joined the cast. In fact, one of his reasons for joining might get you even more worried about the changes being made to the film.
So why did he join? As Teller tells it:
“Well, for me I didn’t grow up really as a comic book kid necessarily. ‘Fantastic Four’ is my dad’s favorite superhero comic. And so for me I guess what attracted me originally was Josh Trank. I think Josh Trank is a very creative, inventive guy. You look at Chronicle, you look at what he did for that budget and just how he told the story was really well done. I want to chase directors at this point, and then the cast kind of came together — Michael B. (Jordan), Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell — I was very excited.”.
OK, that isn’t bad. He could have said more on joining for his father but let’s be honest – Trank really is an amazing director as almost anyone who has seen ‘Chronicle’ can attest to. In fact it is his attachment to the project that gives us hope it could be good, right? Well…
Teller expands on Trank’s vision of the film a bit and that is where we can get a little worrisome:
“I think a lot of times it just looks like Hollywood actors in Halloween costumes, you know? And I think what we’re going to do with Fantastic Four is going to be very grounded and it made sense to me. When I read the script, I didn’t feel like I was reading this larger-than-life, incredible superhero tale. These are all very human people that end up having to become I guess what is known as the Fantastic Four. So for me it was just a really good story and gives me an opportunity to play something different from my own skin. It’s a proper character and that’s my favorite stuff to do.”
So the ‘Fantastic Four’ is going to be very grounded. The foursome’s original story is about four people getting super powers from an experiment gone wrong in space. Super powers that involve super stretchiness, being able to light oneself on fire and fly, turning into a nearly indestructible rock monster, and finally being able to turn oneself invisible and make force fields. How are we going from that to grounded I just couldn’t tell you. Also, does that mean we aren’t getting costumes for the team? I really feel that the first sentence in that quote kind of just dismissed the likes of almost every comic book movie fan out there.
I still have hopes for anything Trank puts together as ‘Chronicle’ was one of my favorite films the year of its release but the more I read the more I get worried. How about you my fellow true believers? Does Teller’s quotes on the direction of the film sound good or are you thinking that we have another bad take on Marvel’s First Family in the works?
Source: Bleeding Cool