New 'Fantastic Four' Pictures Show Off the Cast, Costumes, Seriousness

Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:42 Written by  iamrogue
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New 'Fantastic Four' Pictures Show Off the Cast, Costumes, Seriousness

A quartet of new images from this summer's Fantastic Four display the latest in superhero fashion.

While the Avengers and their ilk favor bold, colorful costumes, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Michael B. Jordan all sport dark black outfits in the reboot of Marvel's First Family.

While the costumes are darker than the inside of a coffin on a moonless prairie night, the only member of the FF not pictured here will bring some orange to the proceedings.  Jamie Bell plays Ben Grimm in the flesh, but we've seen only quick, partial glimpses of The Thing, which he and a legion of visual effects artists are creating through motion-capture.

More than a month ago, 20th Century Fox dropped the first teaser trailer, revealing a Fantastic Four that feels notably more Nolanesque and grounded than the bright, poppy, skintight blue-suit-sporting team dreamed up by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Discussing his approach to the superteam, director Josh Trank shouted out not Christopher Nolan, but a very different influence, saying, "I’m a huge David Cronenberg fan, and I always viewed Fantastic Four and the kind of weirdness that happens to these characters and how they’re transformed to really fall in line more with a Cronenberg-ian science fiction tale of something horrible happening to your body and [it] transforming out of control."

These pictures are here courtesy of Games Radar.

The reboot doesn't stop at switching out the classic blue costumes.  It also takes a lot of inspiration from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics, making the team interdimensional travelers rather than astronauts and scaling back on the cosmic weirdness.

"I think The Ultimates is probably our biggest influence because it’s the younger Fantastic Four," producer and co-writer Simon Kinberg explained recently. "And a lot of the science specifics are there.  And a lot of the means of transformation we took from those books. As you’ll see a little bit in the trailer and a lot in the movie, there are influences really from the beginning of what Kirby and Stan were doing in the 60’s all the way up into the present day."

Since Fox has managed to keep such a tight lid on the production, Fantastic Four is still plenty mysterious, but the mysteries will be cleared up when the reboot hits on August 7th. A sequel is already scheduled for June 2017.

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