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Writer/producer Simon Kinberg appears to be doing his best to quell skepticism about The Fantastic Four, going so far as to draw comparisons between the Fox franchise reboot and what many consider the paragons of modern superhero filmmaking.
“The tone of this movie will feel as unique as when you saw Iron Man, X-Men, or Batman Begins for the first time,” he tells The Daily Beast. “It’s not as goofy as the first movies; it has humor in it, but the humor is much more real and comes from character, not pratfall jokes. It’s a much more dramatic film than it is a comedy. I would say it falls somewhere between Raimi’s first couple of Spider-Man movies and Chronicle.”
Although most comics fans hold 2005’s Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in low regard, many remain vocal in their criticism of the reboot’s cast (which includes Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm). While Kinberg shares their opinions of the first two movies, he’s clearly sold on director Josh Trank’s vision for The Fantastic Four.
“The core fans were not wild about the original movies, and nor was I,” he admitted. “Last summer, Emma Watts at Fox called me on the set of Days of Future Past and said, ‘We really want to do a new Fantastic Four.’ I said to her, ‘I’m interested but it depends how you want to do it.’ She said, ‘Talk to Josh Trank.’ We were shooting the Washington D.C. finale sequence in Days of Future Past and I talked to Josh, and he had such a clear vision of what he wanted to do with the film that was so different from the other movies — it was grounded, real, gritty, and what it would really be like if you went through a transformation and lost control of your body. That, coupled with him wanting it to be a coming-of-age movie, felt fresh to me.”