It seems that wherever possible Josh Trank is aiming for realism in the new Fantastic Four movie. Information floating around the internet recently points towards a much grittier, dark and realistic tone for Fantastic Four. People working on the film have indicated that the suits will be a leap away from the costumes in the comics.
We aren’t going to see blue and black spandex suits on the four meta-humans, nor are we going to see the white and black from the future foundation era. What we may see are containment suits. Michael B. Jordan who is playing Johnny Storm in the film was quoted as saying this: “It’s a new look. We are all in containment suits. It’s gritty. It’s a gritty film.” It seems like Trank is running with the idea that these super-powered humans are volatile and dangerous to the public. Rather than have bad-ass suits to fight crime in Richards has built containment units to keep their powers in.
Furthermore, we have some interesting new information relating to the character of Doctor Doom. This origin story news comes from Tony Kebbell in an interview with Collider, Kebbell is the man playing the metal masked villain. He starts off by saying this: “The only thing I can tease you about is what I worked on most was the voice”. This immediately makes us leap to the conclusion of a completely CGI Doctor Doom which is troubling to say the least.
However, Tony Kebbell went on to reveal much more about the character including its origin story. He said this about the true nature of the character: “He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story. And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours – I’m a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I’m ‘Doom’.” My main issue with this is without a super-powered Doctor Doom there is nobody for the Fantastic Four to combat and as a result, there is no reason for them to use their powers. Without the presence of a physically imposing Doom it is most likely that the team will go up against many foot soldiers, possibly those ordered to take down the Fantastic Four by Doom.
However, I can’t imagine the movie will be much fun if it consists of the Fantastic Four never having a real challenge, the team would be able to destroy hordes of regular villains with ease. Doctor Doom is needed because he is a very real physical threat that can oppose the Fantastic Four in combat as well as strategy. If this version of Doom is all strategy and brains but none of the brawn he isn’t the formidable villain from the comics.