Josh Trank's Fantastic Four has been met with powerful waves of skepticism following almost every public move the film's made. Keeping the entire team young? Skepticism. Casting Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm? Skepticism. Making Doctor Doom a hacker of sorts? Skepticism. Then that first trailer hit, with its moody music and voiceover, angst-ridden character shots and muted color palette, and the skepticism hit new levels.
And hey, that makes sense, because Trank is walking an interesting line with this film. He doesn't seem to be adhering all that closely to any particular comic-book source, plot-wise or tonally, but neither does he seem to want to just toss the history of these characters out the window. If done right, this high-wire act could produce a thrilling combination of familiarity and new ground, and if you ask me the film's second trailer gives us more hope of that than ever before.
This time around, there's a much greater emphasis on character. We see the awkward brilliance of Reed Richards (Miles Teller), the quiet cool of Sue Storm (Kate Mara), the swagger of Johnny Storm (Jordan) and the streetwise pragmatism of Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell). We also get a much better sense of how these four work together, how they begin to become a team and how they react when their strange abilities kick in. The muted colors are still there, and there's an emphasis on the horror of certain transformative moments, but this time we also get a few laughs thrown in. This trailer finally makes the film feel like more of an adventure, and while I'm not entirely convinced yet, it's looking more and more like an adventure I'd like to go on.
Check out the trailer:
Fantastic Four hits theaters Aug. 7, 2015.