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Kate Mara Wants A Fantastic Four Sequel (Video)

Fantastic Four bombed at the box office, with the blame aimed at either Simon Kinberg or director Josh Trank (probably both).

It’s probably safe to say that it isn’t the fault of the cast, who I felt did a pretty good job.

Fantastic Four made a measily $168 million at the box office in total, which is almost unheard of these days for a superhero movie, not to mention a Marvel property (Fox Studios owns the rights).

That said, it’s unclear if a Fantastic Four sequel will get made, but in the video below Kata Mara states she would love to come back.

Worth a mention is that Fox Studios eventually has to make another Fantastic Four movie or the rights will revert back to Dsiney and Marvel Studios, but whether or not it will be with this cast is anyone’s guess.

An early Fantastic Four script did sound pretty good as it featured Galactus, Silver Surfer, Annihilus, Mole Man and more; however it required a much larger budget. Maybe that’s the route to go with?

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Watch: Morgan Trailer #2 (Sci-Fi Horror Movie)

Watch the trailer below for the new sci-fi horror movie produced by Ridley Scott and starring Kate Mara with Morgan.

Morgan has a September 6, 2016 release directed by Luke Scott also starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Paul Giamatti.

Synopsis:

A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.

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Simon Kinberg Still Wants Fantastic Four 2

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Prior to the release of the Fantastic Four reboot, Fox Studios announced the sequel for a 2017 release; however, seeing how poorly the movie did this Summer at the box office, it’s possible the sequel won’t happen.

Writer and producer Simon Kinberg, who worked on Fantastic Four as well as the X-Men movies and Star Wars, tells MTV at this weekend’s Toronto Film Festival that he still wants Fantastic Four 2 to happen.

“I’m really focused on the next one,” Kinberg said.

Interestingly enough, Kinberg remarks he was on set every day for filming of Fantastic Four and the thought they made a great movie — a similar sentiment to the Tweet sent out by director Josh Trank that went viral in which Trank stated he had a fantastic version a year ago.

“You’re waking up every morning being like, I want to go make a great movie. It was an opportunity to do that. I do believe there is a great Fantastic Four movie that we’ve made with that cast. So I’m gonna figure out what that is,” Kinberg offered with mention they are still looking ahead at a sequel. “We’re figuring out what that movie would be. I’d like that to happen.”

Kinberg continues with mention he still has yet to fully explore why Fantastic Four bombed.

“I was most disappointed that fans didn’t like it. I care more about them than I do anyone else,” Kinberg said. “But I haven’t done a full deep dive on it. Do I think it was unfairly treated? I don’t know.”

Kate Mara also weighs in that while she is not sure if FF 2 will happen, she wouldn’t mind returning.

“[It’s] unlikely that [a sequel] will happen, but I would love to [do one]. I would love to play Sue Storm in a movie that everybody loves. That would be great,” she said.

Currently, Fantastic Four has a worldwide gross of just over $160 million; the film is rated at 9% over at Rotten Tomatoes.

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Watch: Awkward Interview With Fantastic Four Cast

One thing that has always bugged me about certain interviews, is that the interviewer makes the interview more about themselves than their guests.

I’ve seen and heard it happen dozens of times on various podcasts, radio shows (of course), morning shows (of course), websites and video.

So I’m not really surprised by what happened in the above interview where the cast of the Fantastic Four participated in a really awkward (I can think of a different a-word, though) interview with Atlanta’s Rock 100.5 Morning Show.

The guys asking the questions actually bring up the fact that Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara are brother and sister in the movie – and get this – and ask, “How does that happen?” They even go so far and point out they are black and white (no, really?) and question, “How does that happen?” Wow. It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?

Credit goes to the cast for not flying off the handle, as Michael B. Jordan replies “we’re brother and sister” and “we were raised as brother and sister.”

The trainwreck interview continues as Kata Mara is actually questioned why she cut her hair:  “You’re way way hot. Why’d you cut your hair?”

“I’m sorry. I know you don’t like it. I can tell,” Mara responded.

“Your hair was beautiful.”

“This is a great interview,” Mara said. “They asked me to [cut my hair for another movie]. I’m an actress. I have to be a chameleon.”

One of the radio personalities then went on to talk about Mara’s toes (yeah, yikes, lol).

One worthy tidbit that came out of the interview is that the cast of the Fantastic Four hasn’t seen the complete movie, yet, as the interview took place before the movie’s Red Carpet premiere in NYC on August 4th.

The radio station sent Buzz Feed the following when questioned about the interview:

“Absolutely not! That’s not mine or the show’s thing. Look, not a huge fan of these controlled 5-7 minute interview junkets they run in the first place but I was curious about the brother and sister thing. You have a white sister and black brother wouldn’t you want to know how that happened? I did. The other Fantastic Four franchises explain the relationship so I figured with this new hipster version they’d have some different backstory.

My partner’s (Southside Steve) conversation about Kate’s hair is something that came up while Michael B Jordan took a phone call so I think they were kind of just going back forth in a playful way. As for him complimenting her toes and why people are upset about that…sorry…no idea. Steve likes girl’s toes. People should be appreciative when they get complimented. Those that are upset on Twitter I guess don’t get enough of them. Who knows?”

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Fantastic Four has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank; produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman; starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

Synopsis:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Fantastic Four Trailer:

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Watch: Behind-The-Scenes Fantastic Four Photo Shoot

Check out video above of the cast of the Fantastic Four taking part in a photo shoot.

The video gives a behind-the-scenes look at Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller.

“Fantastic Four” has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank; produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman; starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

Synopsis:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

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Fantastic Four Cast Talks X-Men (Video)

Are there any connections between the X-Men and the Fantastic Four?

Maybe in Miles Teller’s wildest dreams.

MTV interviewed the cast questioning if there are any references to the X-Men in Fantastic Four as they could be set in the same universe, and Simon Kinberg is involved with both franchises.

Nothing much is offered other than Teller stating about Kinberg: “He is the most important dude at Fox. Fore sure. He creates all those worlds. He does it beautifully. I love what he did with the X-Men.”

Teller and Kate Mara than joke about Reed Richards.

“I think you can tell Mystique falls in love with Reed,” Teller jokes.

Kate Mara than interjects, “My god. In your dreams.”

“I don’t tell Simon which beautiful actress to fall in love with Reed,” Teller says. “He just hit the nail on the head with Kate.  She loves it. She loved being the only girl on set. Oh my, God [laughter].”

Mara is than asked if it’s hard falling in love with Reed, where she makes it known she signed a multi-picture deal, which sounds like three movies.

“It’s impossible. I’ve got a couple more movies to make still. I have time,” Mara says.

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“Fantastic Four” has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank; produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman; starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

Synopsis:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Trailer:

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Fantastic Four Cast Talks Saying Classic Lines, Costumes & Being Super Heroes (Video)

Fantastic Four has come along way since earlier reports of the movie mentioned the characters wouldn’t be super heroes or wearing costumes. At one time it was even said their powers were more comparable to disabilities than anything that gives them the ability to save the day.

All that seems to be changed with the latest trailer as we do see the Fantastic Four in costume as well as wielding their powers seemingly for the good of all mankind.

Now the cast offers the movie will also feature the FF’s well-known dialogue from the comics, as well as the FF will be superheroes, and the cast teases the look of the costumes.

Kate Mara confirms by the end of the movie, fans will get to see the Fantastic Four in their iconic familiar suits.

“Yes,” Mara responds with a deep voice. 

Miles Teller gives a questioning look toward Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan offering possibly that the suits we see is what we will get: “I would say, go by what you see. I think, at this point, our suits are out there. You see our suits.”

Mara then adds the Fantastic Four are super heroes.

“We are super heroes for a lot of the film, but you are also with us for a decent about of time before that happens,” Mara said.

It’s also learned the voice for The Thing will be Jamie Bell’s voice using a modulator.

“It will be a lot of my voice modulated slightly,” Bell said.

Regarding The Thing saying his classic line from the comics – “it’s clobbering time” – Bell answers, “Possibly.”

Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara also respond the same when questioned if the Human Torch will say “flame on.”

“Fantastic Four” has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank; produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman; starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

Synopsis:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Fantastic Four Trailer:

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Powers of The Fantastic Four Trailer Images (High-Res)

Fox has released five new images from the Fantastic Four trailer featuring the powers of the Fantastic Four.

High-res images include a look at Tony Kebbell as Doctor Doom, Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Kata Mara as Sue Storm and Jamie Bell as The Thing.

Watch the new trailer below.

You can also check out the new poster in high-res.

Click any image to enlarge and launch viewer:


 

“Fantastic Four” has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank; produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman; starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

Synopsis:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Trailer:

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Watch Fantastic Four Cast Commentary Videos

Promotion looks to be finally kicking off for the Fantastic Four movie as Fox recently officially released the alternate trailer, and now video of Josh Tran has been released talking about actor Jamie Bell’s transformation into Ben Grimm.

Check it out above.

Udpdated: with three more for Michael B. Jordan, Miles Tellear and Kate Mara.

Fantastic Four has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank; produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman; starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

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Synopsis:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Trailer:

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Fantastic Four’s Kate Mara Up For Star Wars Spinoff

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Kate Mara, known for House of Cards and who also will be playing Sue Storm in the Fantastic Four reboot, is said to be up for the Gareth Edwards Star Wars spinoff movie.

Four names have surfaced for the Star Wars spinoff female lead, which also include Rooney Mara (sister to Kate), Felicity Jones, and Tatiana Maslany.

A reporter for Variety is stating Kate Mara is the fourth.

Nothing is known about the character or even what Edwards’ Star Wars spinoff will be about.

Recently, Gary Whitta left as the screenwriter following having worked on the movie for a year; Simon Kinberg is now finishing the script.

Various rumors have stated the Gareth Edwards Star Wars spinoff may be about the Rebels securing the plans to the Death Star with a bunch of bounty hunters involved, while another rumor has said it could be a Han Solo origin story with Aaron Paul as the younger version of Harrison Ford.

The Gareth Edwards Star Wars spinoff is due out December 2016 so as soon as production is set to start, Disney should be releasing official information and making announcements.

Kate Mara has Fantastic Four coming out this August, Ridley Scott’s The Martian in November, and assuming Fantastic Four does well enough, Fantastic Four 2 in 2017. 

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Fantastic Four Done With Filming; Kate Mara Releases Cast Photo

Josh Trank has finished filming on Fantastic Four, as Kate Mara released the following image on Twitter.

Mara is playing Sue Storm, with Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm and Jaime Bell as Victor von Doom.

That’s a wrap on #FantasticFour! Thanks to my boys @Miles_Teller @michaelb4jordan @1jamiebell for the fun times…

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Fantastic Four has a June 19, 2015 release.

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Kate Mara Backtracks On Fantastic Four No Comic Book Statements

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Yesterday saw an article published in the Latin version of Esquire Magazine that saw Kate Mara state she wasn’t a fan of the comic books; that director Josh Trank told her not to read them, and that the Fantastic Four Marvel Comics have nothing to do with the plot of the film.

Now, apparently, Kate Mara is backtracking on those statements as EW.com says they reached out to Mara’s reps (i.e. public relations team) who are saying Mara actually told Esquire’s reporter that the Fantastic Four movie is not based on one comic, but rather drawn from the entire canon.

Kate Mara is playing Sue Storm, aka Invisible Woman in the movie, with it already said the team(?) won’t be referred to as the “Fantastic Four” or wearing costumes.

“Fantastic Four” has a June 19, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank also starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.

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Josh Trank Fantastic Four Movie Has Nothing To Do With The Comics

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If you have been following all the Fantastic Four news, this shouldn’t come to that much of a surprise, especially considering no costumes will be used and they won’t be referring to the characters as the Fantastic Four. You could also arguably add to that the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch.

In the latest issue of Esquire Latinoamerica, Kate Mara, who is playing Sue Storm, says (translated via Google) they won’t be using anything from the Marvel comic books.

I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it’s very exciting to be part of a movie like this.

It’s currently rumored that there is some heat between Disney and Fox, with it even said things are going so far that Marvel is cancelling their Fantastic Four and X-Men comics.

It can’t be all that bad, though, as Disney did announce Josh Trank on a Star Wars spinoff, mentioning the FF movie in the process.

Update: Reps for Kate Mara are stating she told the reporter something different.

Fantastic Four” has a June 19, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm,  Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.

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No Costumes For Fantastic Four Movie? Going To Be Different Says Kate Mara

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Kate Mara is signed on to play Sue Storm, aka Invisible Woman, in the Josh Trank Fantastic Four reboot.

She is also appearing in Transcendence, and when doing press for that movie was asked about Sue Storm and the character’s relationship with Reed Richards in Fantastic Four. Mara offered an interesting tidbit in the below video in that there might not be any costumes.

Here’s the text:

“Well, I don’t know very much about it, which is weird, but true,” Mara said with a laugh. “All I know is it is going to be a very different take on the film then what probably people expect. I’m not really familiar with the comic books very much. I mean I’ve read a few of them since I got the part. I think we are making a very grounded version of a superhero film. I just trust Josh Trank’s vision because I was a really big fan of his last movie Chronicle. I think the cast he got is really fantastic. I’m so excited to work with Miles Teller and Mike, Jamie Bell as well. I think he’s gotten a really interesting group together. So I don’t know really much about it we are starting in a few weeks.”

Mara was then asked about if she had tried on the Invisible Woman costume.

“I don’t know that there is a suit. People keep saying that to me, but I don’t even know that there is a suit. Maybe there is. As of now, I haven’t tried on a suit,” she said.

With production set to begin soon, it seems odd that the actors haven’t tried on any costumes as designers would need  to prepare ahead of time to accommodate the number required for filming. Perhaps as Kate Mara states, the costumes will be a more grounded approach as well.

Update: Michael B. Jordan has let it be known there are costumes.

“Fantastic Four” has a June 19, 2015 August 7 , 2015 release directed by Josh Trank starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm and Kate Mara as Sue Storm.

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Op-Ed: Thoughts On A Michael B. Jordan As A Black Johnny Storm

Josh Trank’s Got A ‘Fantastic’ Curveball For Ya!

More Casting Shenanigans from the Hollywood Machine

By Lawrence Napoli

 

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All right, so we all know by now that 20th Century Fox is bankrolling a reboot of the Fantastic Flops from ’05 and ’07.  Josh Trank, director of Chronicle (2012), will be in command of this reboot starring a bunch of semi-known white actors in the principal roles … and … a black Johnny Storm?  Oh yes, Michael B. Jordan (which is I’m sure a stage name that totally and is in no way attempting to siphon off any mojo from ‘His Airness’) has been cast as the Human Torch.  Questions? 

First, let’s state the obvious.  Jordan is Josh Trank’s boy from his break out film Chronicle.  Jordan did a great job in that role, but he still happened to be the token black guy in a super-hero-y type of movie so that means [SPOILER ALERT!] he wasn’t the main character and was the first one with powers to be killed.  Surprise, surprise.  What truly isn’t a surprise, however, is the fact that this kind of Hollywood nepotism or reciprocation or familiarity or whatever you want to label it as is pretty gosh darn common.  Just look at anything produced or directed by Chris Nolan and you may notice the carbon copying of entire cast lists.  Be that as it may, I have no problem with any director recasting actors with whom he or she developed good, professional relationships with – provided it’s not just about throwing someone a bone and the decision will be mutually beneficial. 

Second, nobody knows where exactly this “reboot” is going to go with the story, but examining the sparse details on imdb.com (assuming them to be accurate) allows us to deduce a few things: The Fantastic Four will be Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Ben Grimm/The Thing and Johnny Storm/The Human Torch.  Each character would not have been given their pseudonym on the cast page if this reboot was going to be doing something way off formula by changing the origin story from “these people get blasted with cosmic rays in space that turns them into the super-humans we’ve come to know them as.”  So it seems that everyone is going to have the same or similar range of status and relationships they share with each other from the comics and the previous films.  The issue at bar is that the characters of Sue and Johnny Storm share a biological heritage that is clearly going to be broken based on this most recent casting news.  I can only presume that Trank will go for some alternative/adoptive family structure to “plot-device” that little detail away because both introducing themselves as “I’m Sue Storm.  I’m Johnny Storm.  No relation,” is just plain dumb even for a (non-spoof) comic book adaptation.

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I could care less about whatever taboo may result from reorienting the ethnicities of fictional characters.  If anything, Hollywood needs as many truckloads of actual, progressive thought patterns to do anything to kick the white/male hero to the curb and deliver stories whose main characters are women, Asians, Africans, Hispanics, homosexuals – basically anyone who isn’t the stereotypical white, hetero, leading man.  I like the idea of casting Michael B. Jordan in this role because of the potential it gives to refreshing a whole lot of super hero been there/done that.  My problem with this casting reveal is not that Johnny Storm is black, but that his sister, Sue Storm (Kate Mara, pictured left), isn’t. 

There was a real opportunity to do something unique with a fairly popular (though certainly not a flagship) license amidst this tidal wave of comic book films we’ll be digesting for the next 10 years.  Seeing interracial couples in films and TV today reflect trends in western society that have been happening for a while, and Hollywood is still catching up.  Seeing this in a super hero family for a big budget blockbuster would not only have brought the proverbial spice, but also a whole new angle to reflect on the first family of super-heroes not to mention an added level of depth this potential film’s predecessors could never have addressed.  If Trank wants Jordan as Johnny, then that’s fine, but it makes no sense to make his (traditionally) biological sister a different race, regardless of whatever complex family dynamic you’ll only address with these two characters by themselves.  Finding the screen time to explain whatever this brother-sister relationship will eventually be defined as will diminish the capacity of the most important relationship in this family: between Reed and Sue (and their future child Franklin who is arguably the most powerful, non-abstract, character in the Marvel Universe).  An interracial couple would have raised the stakes, delivered something new and sweetened the drama for the entire cast.

In the end, Josh Trank is going to be directing a comic book adaptation that is going to feature plenty of action and special effects and typically, those kinds of films aren’t primarily interested in commenting on anything too heavy.  As much as people may be making a big deal about Michael B. Jordan now, I have a feeling that Trank is going to sweep his ethnicity under the rug in the due course of the film’s progression by making these “however related” siblings as matter-as-fact as possible.  One or both of them will be adopted or have different fathers and yada, yada, yada, as long as two white people are hooking up as husband and wife of this super hero team then everything’s fine.  Diving any deeper into this subplot turns this film into the Fantastic Two.  Denying that depth forces the elephant in the room to get completely ignored and, as a director, you’ve made your actor (in this case, Jordan) completely inconsequential to the character.  I suppose it’s a good thing to get to the point in society where things like race and everything else that makes us different from each other doesn’t impact behavior in any way, but maintaining the unique sibling nature of Sue and Johnny with the ethnicity swap would have brought a whole new level of complexity to this film that I can only assume was simply (ahem) too hot to handle for this particular production staff.

I’m sure when more information and promotions regarding this film become available, we’ll hear Trank and perhaps every producer at the top talk about “we just picked the best cast with the best chemistry,” as an explanation for it all.  Yeah, ok.  This isn’t casting for a high school musical where it would be novel to cast an African American male for Peter Pan, an Asian American female for Jean Valjean, a Latino American male for Sky Masterson and so on and so forth.  Picking whomever for whatever shouldn’t enter the equation unless the production is going to make those kinds of choices more meaningful to the overall production than “just ‘cause.”  Hollywood films can ill afford to be flippant in regards to any decision made for the production unless that choice fully serves the story; anything less needs to be reconsidered if not instantly retracted.  Of course, that kind of idealism doesn’t fuel even your average Hollywood blockbuster and the “just ‘cause” rationale is actually something that pops up quite frequently.  It’s one of the main reasons we continue to see some awful filmmaking and the audience notices those choices with every awkward moment we bear witness to.

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All I care about is seeing a really good movie, and I feel this one could be great if the Storm family was an African American family, but let’s dial it back and keep it real with the Fantastic Four.  That franchise isn’t anything close to the grandeur of The Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, Batman, Superman or the Justice League.  Infinitely less people are going to care if this movie actually gets made, let alone this one little detail.  So who gives a damn, right?  Well, I would think a filmmaker would want as many people as possible to give a damn by trying to show people a story and give them an experience they haven’t had before.  The brother-sister no relation situation seems foolish to push in any film where the story isn’t fully focused on that major plot point.  But who am I kidding?  It’s just another reboot.  Why should anyone expect more from something less?

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Michael B. Jordan & Kate Mara Confirm Fantastic Four: “Flame On!”

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An earlier report stated that the cast for Fantastic Four has all but been cast as it was said actors are in final negotiations.

Well, it looks as if Michael B. Jordan is a definite as Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch, as the actor posted the following image on Instragram and added, “FLAME ON!!”

Michael B. Jordan will portray Johnny Storm who is a blond-haired white character in the comics, which has caused some online controversy.

It’s unknown how director Josh Trank will deal with the Johnny Storm and Sue Storm brother-and-sister relationship, as Kate Mara is playing Invisible Woman. Perhaps as adopted siblings?

Kate Mara confirmed on Twitter:

Fantastic Four has a June 19, 2015 release. 

The image Jordan released:

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Kit Harington, Saoirse Ronan & More Rumored For Fantastic Four Reboot

A list of names has surfaced regarding potential roles for Mr. Fantastic Reed Richards and Invisible Woman Sue Storm for the Josh Trank Fantastic Four reboot from Fox Studios.

Variety has it that up for Mr. Fantastic is the previously rumored 21 & Over and Project X actor, Miles Teller. Also on the list is Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame, and Jack O’Connell from 300: Rise Of An Empire.

Up for Invisible Woman is Saoirse Ronan, once rumored for The Avengers 2, who also auditioned for Star Wars: Episode VII. Kate Mara (American Horror Story) is on the list, who was once eyed to play Catwoman for Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises. Margot Robbie is the last name featured, with the actress known for Neighbours.

Michael B. Jordan also once again gets a mention as the only name for Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch, with no names for Ben Grimm aka The Thing as of yet.

Filming on Fantastic Four was previously said to have started last month, which obviously didn’t happen. Most recently Simon Kinberg was announced to be coming on board to do major rewrites.

Fantastic Four has a March 6, 2015 release.

Pictured: Miles Teller, Kit Harington, Jack O’Connell:

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Pictured: Saoirse Ronan, Kata Mara, Margot Robbie:

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Pictured: Michael B. Jordan:

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