MILES TELLER Says FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot Avoiding 'Kitschy, Overly Comic-Book World'

Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan in That Awkward Moment
Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan in That Awkward Moment

Did you like the mid-2000s Fantastic Four movie? If so, you may not like next year’s reboot.

Miles Teller, who will be playing Reed Richards in the 2015 Fantastic Four, is quoted in an interview with saying that this new film is “different in every way” from the relatively poorly-reviewed 2005 and 2007 movies that preceded it.

“All those actors were a lot older, their characters were in different places,” Teller told Vulture’s Sean Fitz-Gerald, while at a screening for his new film Whiplash. “The tone of this film is completely different: We don’t have Michael Chiklis in a big Styrofoam thing, and I think that [a more grounded approach] is what people are into — X-Men: First Class is doing that. You’re dealing with these characters but you’re making them real people in how they exist day-to-day. People wanted it to be taken more seriously than the kind of Dick Tracy, kitschy, overly comic-book world.”

Fantastic Four, which is directed by Josh Trank, is scheduled for release on August 7, 2015 – the same equivalent spot in the movie calendar as this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Teller brought up that major league Marvel hit in the interview, citing its success to the “fresh take” it had; something he hopes his entry into the superhero movie genre will have as well.

“At the end of the day, it depends on the product. Guardians of the Galaxy was a really fresh take on it, I think people responded to that,” Teller explained. “In terms of where we are in the schedule, we’re playing the same weekend they were playing. But it’s a big summer: You’ve got Avengers, and my buddy [Whiplash co-star J.K. Simmons] is in Terminator, and you got Jurassic World. There’s a ton of movies out there, so if people have an appetite for it, they’ll see a couple, and if not, maybe they’ll just see one.”

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