Fantastic Four Reboot To Be More Lee And Kirby Than Dark And Gritty


Mark Millar has been making the rounds talking up the Fox Marvel movies ever since he was announced as the creative consultant for the X-Men and Fantastic Four movies. He recently talked about how Days of Future Past, the sequel to X-Men: First Class, would be like X-Men meets The Terminator (you can read that here). Now he talks about the tone of Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) Fantastic Four reboot.

Talking with SFX Magazine, Millar said that Chronicle was his “favorite superhero film of the past year.” Trank will take parts of classic F4 stories, but give it his own twist.

You can tell from Chronicle that it was a new way of looking at superheroes, and I think he’s going to apply that same slightly skewed way of looking at heroes to the Fantastic Four, but do it in a way that feels incredibly reverential to the Kirby and Lee stuff. You’ve really got to get into the Kirby and Lee stuff to do it properly, to try and get the same sense of wonder.

Millar stated that he and Josh Trank were really inspired by the first 100 issues of Fantastic Four and thought they were the best stories. With those early years of the Fantastic Four as a template, you can imagine how the reboots tone will be. Millar stated that he didn’t think you could do a Fantastic Four movie and “try and make it grim and gritty.” That’s a welcome sentiment in a world full of dark and gritty spins to our favorite superheroes. It will be exciting to hear more on how Trank’s film is shaping up, and it seems like it’s coming along smoothly with each bit of info we hear. What do you think? Are you glad they’re going more Lee and Kirby with this one?

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