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Fantastic Four Wear ‘Containment Suits’ in ‘Gritty’ Reboot, Michael B. Jordan Says

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New Human Torch Michael B. Jordan apparently loves to talk about his superhero duds. Following an interviews last week in which he promised the costumes in the Fox reboot won’t be “cheesy,” he expanded on his thoughts to ABC News.

“It’s a new look,” he said. “We are all in containment suits. … It’s gritty. It’s a gritty film.”

Anyone envisioning hazmat suits instead of the Fantastic Four’s classic tights need not worry, however.

“The costume process definitely took some time to get in and out of that thing, especially since I was bulking up,” he said. “It was a little more snug during filming. We got through it, man. It was a process, but we did it. It was hard work.”

Jordan had nothing but positive things to say about the shoot and the film, adding that he is “really excited about it.”

“We worked hard for three months, put a lot of time into it. The script is very grounded and relatable to everybody, as much as you can. You really get a chance to grow with these characters. It’s an origin story. You get to discover these abilities — these disabilities, rather — and grow with them.”

Directed by Josh Trank, Fantastic Four also stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell. It opens Aug. 7, 2015.

Comments

  • TheWolverine

    So give us some freaking pictures already.

  • Rod

    I just don’t understand the thought process in how the studio and actors are promoting this film. Much of what they say reeks of contempt for comics and superhero stories. Why should I want to see a movie where the creators think the genre I love is cheesy or ridiculous?

  • ElWaldorf

    And deal with the wraith of the internet? I’m sure they’ll wait as long as they can.

  • Investigatind Detective

    Perfectly stated.

  • General Tekno

    …disabilities?

    Only one who really suffered was Ben Grimm due to the changed appearance.

    Unless, of course, they’re making a movie about the Impossible family from Venture Bros.

  • Dud

    I don’t get it either. It must be some new way of getting the audience, by antagonizing them.

  • Investigatind Detective

    So SO bored with the term “gritty” as it relates to superhero films. “I have an idea!!! Let’s take a comic book that’s well known/loved and re imagine all of the characters in a gritty real world scenario. Fuck the decades of material, we know way better than those nerds. Hey what if we called their powers disabilities? Oh and can we make them sad and mopey too? Nailed it… Go cut my check.” God how I’m not looking forward to this. I check every headline hoping that they somehow exaggerated the quote… Nope. Every time an actor talks about this movie the studio sends someone to do damage control. Can’t wait to see this one spun.

  • Fury

    Well, the UF4 suits were called ‘containment suits’ IIRC, or at least Ben’s was… But they were basically the samae old same stuff as 616 style-wise…

  • TheWolverine

    True. I’ve probably been spoiled by what we’re getting from “Superman v Batman” that doesn’t come out till 2016.

  • movieartman

    cus it is cheesy and ridiculous, thats not bad for comics but in film it becomes camp and silly, the key is putting the unrealistic in a realistic world.

  • movieartman

    absolutely no one is saying they know better, they simply want to do the same thing just DIFFERENT to fit the SCREEN sense its a SCREEN and not a god damn page.

    not looking forward to it? great shut the f__k up and don’t watch it

  • Alex Hayden

    it’s gritty, yo

  • Rod

    I understand that. You don’t want a giant purple guy walking around. But listen to someone like Kevin Feige, who talks about respecting the original stories while adapting them to a different medium. I wasn’t a fan of the Nolan Batmans, but they did the same thing. On FF the story seems to be a problem to overcome rather than something to be celebrated in adaptation.

  • Mark

    Well the film will have four people in it and the names might be the same and maybe the powers… I guess everything else just wasn’t good enough for a Hollywood film

  • lewis4510

    They’re assuming that people want a “gritty” FF film. You know what happens you when you assume things. You wind up making an ass out of yourself. And the people who trusted you not to screw it up.

    There’s a point where a movie just has a doomed to fail vibe. Green Lantern had that vibe.

  • Jeff

    Ha what’s wrong with people, you have comic fans attacking fox for making films and attacking comics for cancelling the fantastic four, what do people want?

    Squirrel girl apparently ;)

  • Mark

    I’m not sure the film matters all that much since marvel is canceling the comic anyway.

  • TheWolverine

    So GoTG, Star Wars, Star Trek, and so on were all cheesy and ridiculous eh? Learn something new everyday.

  • movieartman

    it would depend of the level of detail, power & menace they put in to galactus and his armor.

  • Nick Isoldi

    first time ive ever heard the fantastic four described as gritty… welp… i guess ill just stand back and wait for the dust to settle.

  • movieartman

    have not seen GOTG but from what everything i have heard and seen, yes.

    no star trek & star wars are relatively serious and hard si-fi, and the humor thats based around the character to character interaction is absolutely fine.

  • movieartman

    if your not a fan of the nolan bat films your argument is invalid in this situation as this adaption was never going to be aimed for you, and you where never going to give it a chance.

  • joejoe28

    In this pathetic PC world we live in where everyone has to be nicey nicey to everyone except those supposedly suppressed by society, everything has to relate!!!

  • movieartman

    yes cus them being heroes and explorers TOTALLY has been definitively stated not to happen ever in this new franchise, there personalities and interactions TOTALLY are not the same, and you know this for fact sense the film is out or at least the trailer has been released… OHWAIT!

  • joejoe28

    And right before or immediately after the film premiers, they will relaunch FF to coincide with the film, new Human Torch (since Johnny lost his powers in the comic) etc. to appease the PC crew!

  • movieartman

    green lantern was far far far from doomed, they could have just have not had hector hammond in the film, had parallax faithfully be a skeletal dragon instead of floating turds. stayed in space more made the film more about the hal & sinestro interaction. to build up to them being partners in the 2nd film.
    kept the designs and asthetics and the same basic cast, dumped some of the humor and it would have been great.

  • movieartman

    yes cus a film has no value without a couple pages of paper

  • movieartman

    they are not describing the past versions of the characters as gritty most of them are not, they are putting the characters in a gritty setting and tone, there is a difference.

  • dekko

    “giant purple guy?” Like Thanos? Marvel Studios seems fine with it and they’re kinda successful.

  • Mauricio Guaura

    Which is stupid. Almost as stupid as making Superman “gritty”.

  • movieartman

    he means a godzilla size galactus in purple armor its not the same thing.

  • movieartman

    not really considering man of steel was utterly phenomenal and amazing.

  • lewis4510

    You just proved my argument, it was doomed to fail because of everything you just mentioned. And would add one more, Ryan Reynolds.

  • Colin James Morrison

    Jordan needs to stop talking. And maybe focus on whatever he’s going to do as a comeback from this complete and utter disaster of a film.

  • http://whatstudioart.blogspot.com Walt

    “Hard sci-fi”?

    “Row, row, row your boat…” –Star Trek V
    That was the worst! Don’t get me started with all the cheese and camp throughout Star Trek IV & VI (even though “IV” is my favorite).

    Then there’s “Generations” when Data finally installs his emotion chip and finally understands the joke Geordi had told him waaaaaay back in the first episode of the “Next Generation” TV series.

    “Meesuh… Clumsy.” –Star Wars: Episode I, any scene that just involved R2-D2 and C-3PO… ‘Nuff said.

  • Aaron Wexler

    This movie’s going to suck so bad.

  • movieartman

    i said the majority and the best are serious, some humor in both franchises work and some does not (the majority of data’s humor does not)

  • movieartman

    it was not doomed, it had a solid cast, (reynolds would have been fine if he was a little less jokey), solid look (besides parallax) saying it was doomed is saying NOTHING about it could have worked ever.

  • movieartman

    yes cus taking things seriously turns to disaster, batman begins called he says to fuck off

  • Eldogg42

    Hey everyone, I just figured out who movieartman is! It’s Michael B. Jordan!! movieartman, is actually the first person I’ve seen on any website, to actually defend this movie. But, in reality, I think your bogus. All of your defenses you came up with and the movies you claim are great, are ridiculous. GOTG = Cheesy?? It’s only the highest grossing movie in all of 2014, nothing but 5 stars from all critics. Yeah, you know what your talking about. Your trolling this site to get a rise out of everyone. Congratulations, you got us.

  • lewis4510

    Yes, they are saying they know better everytime they open their mouths about this movie.

  • penguintruth

    Remember when we wanted the FANTASTIC FOUR to be “gritty”?

    Wait, what’s that? NEVER? Yeah, I’m going to go with NEVER, too.

    You can be bizarre and revel in the ridiculous and avoid campiness all at the same time, you know. The reason people loved the FF when they started was because their RELATIONSHIPS were realistic, not the scenarios.

    The hill of “realism” is where superheroes go to die.

  • lewis4510

    Not true if they used the story from the animated GL film it would have worked. If you haven’t seen it yet it was great.

  • Nubby Mcquilicutty

    God this just sounds worse and worse..i wont be spending a dime of my money

  • Investigatind Detective

    Hahahahahahaha. “utterly phenomenal and amazing”

  • Investigatind Detective

    I’m pretty sure I pointed out that I want it to be good. I wouldn’t follow it if I didn’t. However that said they ARE saying they know better. No one and I mean NO ONE has ever asked for a gritty take on the FF. At no point has that even been an interesting concept. There are absolutely ways to have the source material work on the SCREEN. But falling back on the crux of “oh let’s make it gritty” is fucking stupid. Not every character is. Punisher is a character that should have that term applied. Characters who stretch, burst into flames, turn invisible and look like a rock monster don’t need that treatment. This is the studio and creators saying they know better. Every word out of this film has basically shown nothing but contempt for the source material. Mara’s comments about not reading the books echo Jordan’s about the costumes needing some sort of realistic take. At this point I’m not even sure Fox is all that thrilled with it judging by their lack of interest in promoting it. They skipped SDCC saying they had nothing to show meanwhile wrap production a week later. Conversely Marvel brings promotional material from things that have yet to shoot.

    The movie may actually be good. Im’ not saying it’s impossible. I’m simply saying that studios leaning on gritty as a way of making comic books (because that’s what they are) more palatable is stupid and shows a contempt for the core audience that made it popular in the first place.

  • Bryy

    Well, you CAN view them as disabilities.

    Invisibility, fire always on you, a guy looks like a rock, one guy is elastic.

    It’s a VERY interesting take, if you ask me.

  • Laurence J Sinclair

    The Internet Wraith is a fearsome ghost indeed.

  • Colin James Morrison

    You know, I don’t think Batman would talk like that.

    And yeah, clearly this is gonna be JUST like THAT movie.

  • Mummra the ever living

    I cannot underestimate how much they’re making me NOT want to watch this movie.

  • astronauta69

    can’t wait to see this movie

  • Disco_Magic

    Yes, Squirrel Girl.
    Ongoing series. Check.
    Movie or TV show? Yes, please!

  • Disco_Magic

    I am resolved to just accept that some people like the Man of Steel. I found it to be depressing and uninspired. The last two words in the English language I would want to use when discussing Superman.

  • you’sajoke

    I must be near a nursery. All I hear is babies crying.

  • Disco_Magic

    This is actually a pretty intelligent and interesting thread if you skip everything posted by movieartman. I take it that fella fancies himself a junior film critic. His friends must love it when he schools them!

  • MarvelFan_1

    I could of forgiven going for a new approach, whether we like to admit it or not FF is a damn hard sell as a story, I think it does need some grounding and to be shot in a none cheesy way however ……….
    The casting is where this film becomes a spite movie to CB fans.
    Skinny Ben Grim? white Susan Storm but Johnny is black? Mr Fantastic who looks like he hasn’t gone through puberty?
    I mean for gods sake they were considering making Dr Doom a woman!
    As people below have said the level of respect for the source material is sub zero, shoot it in a different way sure but p*ss on all the legacy characters then what’s the point of calling it a CBM?

  • Steve Widmann

    Go home Trank

  • The Mighty Pathos

    Psst…stop using the word “gritty” already!

  • Brian from Canadaq

    Blake Lively was not solid. In fact, her agent called the film a disaster before it was even released.

    Green Lantern failed because it never explained why he has to be a hero. There’s no single moment that transforms his life other than getting the ring.

    As such, there’s no sense of drama when the villain eventually shows up. It’s an epic fail of a superhero film.

    Conversely, Jonah Hex had better acting — but no sense of drama in the crisis.

  • Brian from Canada

    That’s right. Michael B. Jordan called the original comic version evidence of racist times — we should all “get over it” and accept that this new version is here (or something to that effect).

  • Andrew Niehaus

    The first Star Trek could be considered ‘Hard Sci-Fi’. The rest were action-adventure films with sci-fi elements thrown in. And Star Wars was always a fantasy film with sci-fi elements, and could NEVER be considered ‘Hard Sci-Fi’. You want Hard Sci-Fi, go watch 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  • Sean Walsh

    Star Trek and Star Wars are not hard SF. Star Wars falls directly in space opera category and Star Trek is not too far behind. Hard SF deals with science as accurately as possible. So Gravity, while not 100% accurate is much more hard SF than Star Wars

  • out_of_exile

    Gritty is the last adjective I want to hear when describing a Fantastic Four movie.

  • RobotShlomo

    It’s just a gigantic cock block to make sure Marvel doesn’t get the rights back. They’re really just making Chronicle 2, and slapping “Fantastic Four” no the cover.

  • Smells Like Failure

    Sample gritty dialog from this new movie: “Check it out my brothas, I can lite dis blunt with my bare hands”.

  • antonio dueñas

    I’m so afraid…Besides…only three months?What movie is done in just three months?

  • antonio dueñas

    I’m so afraid…Besides…only three months?What movie is done in just three months?

  • antonio dueñas

    Exactly.

  • Tim Kretzer

    It’s going to be interesting to me to find out if there’s anything similar at all, other than the name, between what the film turns out to be like and the comic book and it’s characters. Right now I’m beginning to wonder, based on the distance they keep putting between the two with their accumulating comments, why they didn’t just start from a clean slate with a new name, etc. Why even bother using the Fantastic Four name if there’s so much about it’s entire concept and history they apparently want to be 180 degrees from? I don’t understand. Seems as if they would have a much better chance of being more broadly accepted and less critically scrutinized if they had made this an entirely new thing and nothing to do with comic books at all, which is the idea I keep getting from their comments that they’re trying to do anyway. So why keep the Fantastic Four name at all?

  • stainedglassscarlet

    The more I hear him talk, the more I wish he was a method actor.

  • Jason A. Martin

    Politically corrrect/activist Human Torch = no watch. Sorry Fox, try again. Or actually, don’t, so Marvel can get the rights back to the First Family.

  • Jason A. Martin

    Because comic fans are not the demographic for comic movies. I would say for every regular comic reader that saw Avengers, 100 average Joes did. Why would they cater to the 1%?

  • Silver age guy

    The more I read about this convoluted mess the more I believe that Marvel should get their lawyers involved in a law suit against this nonsense. This movie clearly has very little in common with the Fantastic Four characters that Marvel sold them the rights to. There is precious little respect being paid to the genius of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee here. It’s just being used as a vehicle for the Hollywood leftists to promote their politically correct agenda and to play the race card again; It’s getting to be ridiculous in the extreme. I have come to the conclusion that only Marvel studios can give their characters the respect and reverence they deserve. It’s a tragedy to see the mess that is being made of such an iconic comic book family like the FF.

  • Silver age guy

    The more I read about this convoluted mess the more I believe that Marvel should get their lawyers involved in a law suit against this nonsense. This movie clearly has very little in common with the Fantastic Four characters that Marvel sold them the rights to. There is precious little respect being paid to the genius of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee here. It’s just being used as a vehicle for the Hollywood leftists to promote their politically correct agenda and to play the race card again; It’s getting to be ridiculous in the extreme. I have come to the conclusion that only Marvel studios can give their characters the respect and reverence they deserve. It’s a tragedy to see the mess that is being made of such an iconic comic book family like the FF.

  • Adam Steed

    I dont think you know what PC means. For most who rail against PC, just want the idiotic right to be bigoted… not saying you’re one. PC has it’s place..

  • Nick Isoldi

    I knew what they meant.

    MBJ just said their versions of the universe and characters were gritty. Fantastic Four has never been gritty, its very rarely treads into darker tones.

    thanks for the two cents that no one asked for.

  • twincast

    Because corporations are led by petty idiots and refuse to let go of rights they have no intention of using anyway.

  • afrocarter

    The more I hear about this film, the more I’m excited to see it. It sounds like a fresh take, one that hardcore comic book fans and casual movie-goers and film critics will all enjoy.

  • dsw

    I think it’s interesting that every single websites commentary on this has left out one of the most important factors about why FF is being canceled. THE BOOK DOESN’T SELL! Why would Marvel want to waste resources to publish a book that sells 30k copies when Spiderman sells 3 times that?

    Sure Disney/Marvel is pissed that Fox has pretty much cock blocked them getting the rights back by rushing out and slapping the Fantastic Four brand on Chronicle 2. However, if FF was selling 90k copies at $2 a book to distributors, every month, every year, they wouldn’t cancel the book because it would be profitable. Think about that, Spidey makes Marvel about $2,160K a year just on one comic books, and he has how many different books, 3, 4? FF one book, $270K a year, if they are lucky. ASM2 didn’t do well and Marvel would love the film rights back but they are not canceling Spiderman books because, they sell. X-Men, even the lowest selling X-Book out sells Fantastic Four… I think the only relevant to superhero films comic book that sells less than FF is Black Widow, and that’s only by a few thousand copies… which might explain why she hasn’t got a solo film yet. Inhumans, a team with no film (yet), with characters that started in FF out sells FF by about 5k copies per month.

    Fans need to remember, It’s a business, first and foremost. Putting FF on ice for a while is a smart move by Marvel. FF comics will return in a year or so with a new number 1 it’ll sell 100k copies at least and hopefully it’ll be worth reading next time around.

  • http://green.net16.net/ John Northey

    It can’t be as bad as the Catwoman costume can it? Of course, with 4 characters it could be 4 times worse… lets hope for the best but sadly I fear the worst.

  • pikppa .

    It’s a shame most people today doesn’t understand the importance of the superheroes’ costumes. I hate when people say that a superhero costume is silly. That’s like ignorants who say comic books are for kid or even be a superhero is silly. The costume of a superhero is like his soul. Irreplaceable. It’s iconic and it’s what made that superhero recognizable in the first place. There is nothing silly, only people who bash superheroes think they’re silly. Real fans love their costumes, love see them and even wear and fabric them as cosplays. Make this shitstatic four wear military suits instead of superhero costume it’s like made a Robin Hood movie where he used a gun instead of a bow because they find gun cooler and more modern than arrows. This are superheroes. There is nothing gritty or to be taken so damn serious about them.

  • pikppa .

    No, it’s just stupid. They are superheroes, not disable kids. That’s tomorrow people plot not fantastic four (and we all remember the ending of tomorrow people show)

  • pikppa .

    No one has ever asked them to make a movie about fantastic four if they hate and are not interested at all at make a fantastic four movie. If they don’t want anything to do with Fantastic Four, they should have give the rights back to Marvel and let Trank make chronicle 2, because this movie is just a crap that try too hard not to be a Fantastic Four movie at all.

  • pikppa .

    Marvel seemed perfectly fine at making a giant purple thing in armor like Thanos. And no one complaing about that being silly and neither the movie was unsucceful because of that.

    Instead, when they make Galactus a smoke cloud the movie was a totally failing and deserve it

  • pikppa .

    It’s a shame most people today doesn’t understand the importance of the superheroes’ costumes. I hate when people say that a superhero costume is silly. That’s like ignorants who say comic books are for kid or even be a superhero is silly. The costume of a superhero is like his soul. Irreplaceable. It’s iconic and it’s what made that superhero recognizable in the first place. There is nothing silly, only people who bash superheroes think they’re silly. Real fans love their costumes, love see them and even wear and fabric them as cosplays. Make this shitstatic four wear military suits instead of superhero costume it’s like made a Robin Hood movie where he used a gun instead of a bow because they find gun cooler and more modern than arrows. This are superheroes. There is nothing gritty or to be taken so damn serious about them. They forget that superheroes, as a genre, are first of all FUN AND ENJOY. There is no need to take them so seriously. There is no reason to complain they look cartoonish. They were meant to be that. Marvel Studios’ film perfectly captured the spirits of the characters to be fun and enjoy and they succeed.

    There isn’t anything dark, gritty or realistic about Fantastic Four. Fantastic Four is a fun, light-hearted comic with over-the-top sci-fi themes. It’s the tone that Disney captured perfectly in Guardians of the Galaxy — fun, silly, and epic. Guardians of the Galaxy is more Fantastic Four than Fantastic Four’s reboot.

  • stainedglassscarlet

    I read Gritty as Girly reboot. I was hoping for pink uniforms and lots of glitter! I have to say, everytime Michale B. Jordan opens his mouth, I think to myself, I would enjoy this guy better if he was a method actor…

  • ResurrectRider

    This terrible reboot…duh…

  • movieartman

    cus they made thanos look epic and bad freaking ass, and the only thing purple on him was his facial skin, and it was not harsh purple. its not the same thing

  • movieartman

    every single thing about the fantastic four seems to be intact but the campy tone. god bless them for ut

  • movieartman

    thanks for fucking off, oh wait you have yet to do so, fuck off!!!

  • movieartman

    yeah but neether where campy, which is all we are asking for and the creators are trying to do

  • movieartman

    but the original trilogy of star wars where never ever campy thats what we want, NOT FUCKING CAMPY

  • movieartman

    it does seem to be what they are going for

  • movieartman

    correction I BLOODY ASKED for it to be taken seriously, SCREW YOU

  • Investigatind Detective

    Hahaha. Dude calm down. Why so hostile? We get it. You’re huge fan of the Nolan style “gritty” take on things. Doesn’t change the fact that FF is not that kind of story. It just isn’t. Never has been. What you “bloody asked” for is a different thing. The FF is not Batman x4. Taking the material seriously and making it “gritty” are not the same thing.

  • Bradley J. Timm

    There are good comics and bad comics. There are cheesy comics and serious comics. They are NOT all cheesy and ridiculous, they can be thought provoking, topical, intense, philosophical, cerebral, and damned satisfying.

  • movieartman

    absolutely agree, but they are simply choosing NOT to make the fantastic 4 MOVIE cheesy

  • This Guy

    Not always, it doesn’t HAVE to be ‘realistic’ to work in films, it can be a fun adventure film that doesn’t need to hide the fact its based on a comic, like with the MCU or Spider-Man films (both original and Webb films), rather than trying to make it a ‘gritty’ realistic film like they did with the X-Men and Batman. It works, almost, for those two, but Fantastic Four? That’s so mismatched, its not even funny.

    Not to mention, saying it ‘works for comics but not films’ does comics a massive deservice; Comics are just as varied in genre as films are, and have been since the 80s, and Fantastic Four are no different. While they ARE Marvel’s most ridiculous major franchise, they’re no worse in that regard than Guardians of the Galaxy are. If they shot for that kind of tone, or the general tone of the MCU, it would have fit much better.