Michael B Jordan

Let’s be real: Superhero movies have historically tended to be lily-white affairs. Sure, there’s the occasional Nick Fury or Storm or War Machine, but the vast majority of leading heroes have been Caucasian. If a new casting rumor is to be believed, though, Josh Trank‘s upcoming Fantastic Four could be an exciting exception.

Trank is reportedly considering his Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan for the role of Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch, a traditionally white character who was played by Chris Evans in earlier films. Combined with whispers from earlier this week that Allison Williams could play Sue Storm, it looks like casting on the movie is starting to heat up. More information after the jump.

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Allison Williams

With a spring 2015 date already locked in, Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot should be thinking about casting in the nearish future. And while no one’s locked in yet, one name has just leaked from the shortlist of potential leads. Girls actress Allison Williams is reportedly being eyed, presumably for the role of Sue Storm a.k.a. Invisible Woman.

Whether or not Williams books that high-profile part, she’s poised to make the leap into features soon. Williams has entered talks to play the title role in Rosaline, a contemporary retelling of Romeo and Juliet. More on both films after the jump.

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Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle has spoken at length about his disinterest in big-budget franchise filmmaking, but in case there was any confusion, he’s reiterating once again that he has no interest in making a Bond film. “They’re not really for me,” he asserted in a recent interview.

Nor is he eager to delve into the comic book world — as a movie director, that is. As a movie fan, he’s looking forward in particular to Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four, having “loved” Chronicle. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Seth Grahame-Smith, the writer behind Dark Shadows and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, has been hired by 20th Century Fox to do a polish on Josh Trank‘s reboot of Fantastic Four. Matthew Vaughn recently came on as a producer and the studio has set a release date of March 6, 2015. Jeremy Slater wrote the original draft. Read More »

Briefly: The superhero news just keeps on coming today, especially on the Fox front. Mark Millar just tweeted that Matthew Vaughn, director of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, has joined Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot as a producer. This is “fantastic” news for the film as Vaughn’s superhero resume is impressive. His input, along with Trank’s vision, could only elevate the March 6, 2015 release.  Read More »

Is Marvel delaying the development of Guillermo del Toro‘s Hulk TV show? Does Mark Millar think Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four is going to be special? Want to watch another video of Emma Stone talking The Amazing Spider-Man 2? How can you own Tony Stark’s TV from Iron Man 3? How can you watch the entire Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy in 3 minutes? What secret is buried in the pages of Superior Spider-Man #1? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

As long as the Mayan calendar doesn’t mark the end of the world in a few weeks, 2015 is looking exceedingly awesome. It’ll bring a new Avengers film, a new Star Wars film, maybe a new Avatar film, possibly a Justice League film and now 20th Century Fox has dated their own major film for the year. Exhibitor Relations reveals that Fox has dated Josh Trank‘s reboot of Fantastic Four for March 6, 2015. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Are movie studio execs really as blinkered and limited in scope as some pundits make them out to be? Or are lawyers so in control that good ideas are pooh-poohed as too difficult or risky? It varies, of course, but there’s no doubt of one thing: Fox has, for years, been sitting on a goldmine set of properties licensed from Marvel, but it took Marvel’s own success with The Avengers and films leading up to it for Fox to realize that films can act as cross-promotional efforts for one another. Maybe the studio just looked at the hit it took with Daredevil spinoff Elektra and thought “well, that’s clearly not going to work.”

But The Avengers changed everything, and now Fox realizes that, years ago, it should have done what Marvel did.

Enter Mark Millar, who has become Fox’s own version of Josh Whedon, and is overseeing the creation of new films based on properties Fox has licensed from Marvel. We know that a new Fantastic Four film is part of that package, and that Daredevil is not, with the latter having gone back to Marvel. More X-Men films are to come, and Millar will try to make Fox’s properties all feel like they take place in one interlinked “universe.” But how? Read More »

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