What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, when the wave of Hollywood superhero films was just beginning, Tim Story made The Fantastic Four. That film hit after movies like X-Men and Spider-Man had turned studio eyes firmly towards comic book properties, but it went into development and production before Christopher Nolan started to push the films in a more serious direction with Batman Begins.
The two Tim Story Fantastic Four movies are like mid-period relics. They’re stuck in a place between practical effects and truly powerful CG, and burdened with casting and story choices that seem like he product of heavy-handed studio notes. (Granted, the films showed vision in casting Chris Evans as the Human Torch.) They don’t look or feel much at all like the comic book films of today.
While on the promo rounds for his current film, Think Like a Man Too, Story was asked about his two Marvel films, and the difference between superhero movies then and now. He had quite a lot to say.
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Disney’s Marvel movies are all connected. Sony’s Marvel movies will be connected to one another (but not to Disney’s films). Warner Bros.’ DC movies are connected. So it was pretty safe to assume that Fox, which controls the X-Men and Fantastic Four, would be connect those franchises. That won’t be the case, says writer/producer Simon Kinberg. In a new interview, the writer of both the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four explains why these two teams won’t share a universe.
Read why Kinberg says there won’t be a Fantastic Four X-Men crossover below. Read More »
Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot just added a new cast member. Reg E. Cathey, best known for his role as Freddy the rib man on House of Cards and Mayor assistant Norman Wilson on The Wire, has just joined the superhero film as the father of Johnny and Sue Storm, played by Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara. Read More »
With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 currently in theaters, there’s lots of Spidey in this edition of Superhero Bits. Want to see some new concept art? How will the current film tie into Sinister Six? Which villain hasn’t been seen on screen that Marc Webb wants to portray? How did the film get joked about on Saturday Night Live?
On the non Spider-Man side, want to watch Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen talk Avengers: Age of Ultron? Which major superhero film just started filming? Has casting for Black Panther started? And who is mad at claims made about Kevin Feige? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four already has a central quartet and a badass villain. But now it’s getting around to casting some other key characters. Tim Blake Nelson has just joined the superhero saga as Harvey Elder, known in the comics as the Mole Man. Hit the jump for more on what he’ll be doing in the franchise.
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It’s been fun trying to guess what director Josh Trank and the rest of the team at Fox have planned for the Fantastic Four reboot. With Simon Kinberg on board as a writer/producer on both the Fantastic Four movie and the X-Men series, it seems inevitable, for example, that the films will connect in some way, at least eventually.
And while we know that this new Fantastic Four film will jump off from the Ultimate series, we don’t know much about how the backtory will weave together elements of the Ultimate and classic story lines. WonderCon wasn’t a place for answers, but in a few interviews Kinberg did give many new hints about the film. Read More »
Who will help Doctor Doom fight Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four? How can you be an extra in Batman vs. Superman? Want to tour Marvel’s prop house? What happens if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t get picked up for season 2? Where can you read a prequel to Guardians of the Galaxy? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.
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The last significant piece of the new Fantastic Four puzzle is set. The character Victor von Doom, more commonly known by his only slightly more evil-sounding name Doctor Doom, will be played by Toby Kebbell. Deals are being finalized, but assuming everything goes according to plan, he’ll join Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell in the film. Read More »