Mark Millar: Fantastic Four reboot will defy expectations

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 January 2013
Jessica Alba

Fantastic Four star Jessica Alba

Creative consultant Mark Millar has promised that Josh Trank's new take on superhero movie 'Fantastic Four' will be both jaw-dropping and humourous

Mark Millar claims the 'Fantastic Four' reboot will be radically different from any other superhero film.

The 'Kick-Ass' co-creator has hinted that director Josh Trank's reboot of the popular 2005 blockbuster - on which Mark will work as creative consultant for Fox - is set to surprise fans with its fresh, modern take on the genre and will be peppered with a good dose of humour.

He told SciFiNow: "From what I've seen and from talking to [Trank] - he and I have had dinner a couple of times and we talk quite regularly as well - he's contemporarising it. I think he's just making it work for the screen - he's a great storyteller.

"What I wasn't expecting actually was just how funny and likeable he could make this as well as getting the more awesome moments on screen - I use awesome in the traditional British sense and not the California sense awesome, you know?"

'Fantastic Four' starred Iaon Grufford, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis as a group of astronauts who gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and use them to defeat their evil arch-enemy.

Mark claims 'Chronicle' filmmaker Josh is the perfect choice to helm the new film - based on Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's comics - and thinks it can compete with recent hits likes 'Avengers Assemble' with its spectacular special effects.

He teased: "The Ridley Scott moments, and the 'Fantastic Four' really are jaw-dropping in the same way you feel when you saw 'Alien' for the first time. There's some moments in this - not to be specific - that are actually gonna be phenomenal on screen and stuff you haven't seen in a superhero movie before."

Fantastic Four

  • 2 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Josh Trank
  • Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  • UK release: 6 August 2015

This adaptation of the classic comic book delivers yet another story about how a team of superheroes develop their freakish abilities, but it's humourless, drab and filled with self-important speeches about saving the world. Tim Story's 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four films may have set the bar low, but Trank barely clears it.

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