Michael B. Jordan: ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot is ‘Not Your Typical Superhero Film’
Marvel’s First Family returns to the big screen next year with Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot — but aside from the cast, we know very little about what to expect from Fox’s franchise reboot.
Michael B. Jordan, who plays the Human Torch, opened up a bit more about Trank’s approach to the Fantastic Four, promising that fans can count on something much different from previous two films.
“Josh’s vision is very clear and he knows exactly what he wants, and he gives us room to adapt and to play,” Jordan told MTV about Trank, with whom he worked on the found-footage superhero film Chronicle. “That’s what I kind of think sets us apart, is that this is going to be grounded and unconventional. It’s not your typical superhero film, you know, we aren’t looking at this as like, being superheroes. We’re more or less a bunch of kids that had an accident and we have disabilities now that we have to cope with, and try to find a life afterwards – try to be as normal as we can.”
“One of the good things about the Fantastic Four is that everybody is different,” he continued. “And it’s like, sometimes family doesn’t always consist of your relatives or by blood. Sometimes your best friends can feel more like family than your cousins. I think everybody kind of has that same feeling. When you go through an accident together, when you go through a traumatic event, sometimes that brings you closer together.”
Jordan didn’t elaborate on story specifics, or particular performances, except in one case: Toby Kebbell, the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes breakout star who plays Doctor Doom in the new Fantastic Four.
“Working with Toby is a blast,” Jordan said. “I’ve always been a fan of his work and respected him tons. I never got a chance to meet him, but I heard he was coming on board and I got really excited to be in scenes with somebody that you respect. Off set and on, he’s a leader. He’s pretty funny. We get along great, man. So you know, actually, it’s a blast. It’s been really good.”
Fantastic Four arrives on June 19, 2015.