Fantastic 4

Release Date: August 7, 2015

The Fantastic Four is getting a remake. Don’t freak out, this is a 1994 version that was produced with a budget of $1 million and never saw the light of day. You can still find bootleg copies online, but be warned, it’s as awful as it looks. But why would anyone make such a horrible film? Well, it’s because in order to retain the movie rights to the Fantastic Four, a movie has to be made every few years. That’s not to say that every version is going to be complete crap, but when the movie doesn’t do as well as the studio hopes, a reboot is in order.


Fantastic4CastThe new Fantastic Four will be led by Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, Chronicle) as the Human torch, Kate Mara (127 Hours, Iron Man 2) as Invisible Woman, Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent) as Mr. Fantastic, Jamie Bell (Jumper, Billy Elliot) as The Thing, Toby Kebbell (Prince of Persia, RocknRolla) as Victor Domashev, Reg. E Cathey (Seven, The Machinist) as Dr. Franklin Storm, and Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Incredible Hulk) as Harvey Elder.

It is being directed and written by Josh Trank (Chronicle) with screenplay help from Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) and Simon Kinberg who has written other action movies like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Homes, and he has Marvel superhero experience from writing X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past, so the script is in good hands.


UltimateFantasticFourThis Fantastic Four will differ from previous incarnations in that it will be drawn from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics, where our heroes are younger and the story has a more modern feel. So which villain will the Fantastic Four be taking on this time? You might be tempted to say Dr. Doom again, as Victor Domashev is on of the main characters, but Tim Blake Nelson’s character is the more likely candidate.

MoleManHarvey Elder, also known as Mole Man is the leader of a subterranean group of warriors intent on taking over the surface world. Seems a bit strange, but I’m sure they’ll find a way to put an interesting twist on it.

Whether this movie will be the beginning of a new franchise for Fox Studios is hard to say. My preference would be for the Fantastic Four to be absorbed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and have them be included in upcoming Marvel movies. Marvel is hoping for this too and has ceased production of all Fantastic Four comics so as not to promote their competitors efforts. Well, whatever happens, I’m just hoping for a quality, entertaining movie that will help me forget I ever watched that 1994 travesty. If the trailer is any indication, this is going to be good.

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