If you remember the two Fantastic Four movies of the noughties – you know, the ones that starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis – then know this – this new Fantastic Four film has nothing to do with them.
Whereas Tim Story’s films were bright and breezy, this fresh take on Marvel’s iconic superteam, entitled Fantastic 4, is dark and gritty. In charge of rebooting Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s superhero quartet is Chronicle director Josh Trank and writer Simon Kinberg, who also moonlights as a chief creative on Fox’s other Marvel property, X-Men.
"One thing that’s unique to it is that it’s always been about a family," says the writer. "Most comic book superhero movies are about a superhero protagonist or a superhero group. But they’re ever really exploring what it is to be family. I think that will differentiate us as well from all of the different superheroes and superhero groups out there."
If you need reminding, the Fantastic Four comprise of husband and wife Reed and Sue Richards (AKA Mr Fantastic and the Invisible Girl), Sue’s brother Johnny (the Human Torch), and family friend Ben Grimm (the Thing) and Trank has assembled an impressive cast for the movie, including Whiplash’s Miles Teller and House of Cards’ Kate Mara.
According to Kinberg, Trank signed on for the project because he wanted to do a movie "more grounded, more character driven and more emotional" than the previous films.
Fantastic 4 is released on 6th August.