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And now FANTASTIC FOUR is based on all the comics!

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Unless you only hung out in the dingy corners of the internet where they discuss weird, unsightly, taboo things like Darryn, you probably heard yesterday’s bit of fan-enraging news surrounding Fox’s planned Fantastic Four reboot. During an interview with Esquire LatinoAmerica, star Kate Mara – who plays Sue Storm aka the Invisible Woman – reportedly said some very silly things. Things like how she didn’t like comics, how she was going to make the role of Sue Storm more “real”, and oh yeah, how director Josh Trank told her this this Fantastic Four movie was not based any of the comics that people have read and loved for the last 50+ years.

“I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions..”


But it seems that we all need to calm down a bit – well, at least as calm as fanboys can be – because after reading about Mara’s incendiary statement, EW reached out to her to get a better explanation and it appears that what we have here is a simple case of “lost in translation”. According to her rep, Mara had originally told the Latino magazine that “the film is not based on one comic, but rather drawn from the entire canon,” but this statement got mangled when it was translated to English.

Uh, that is kind of the exact polar opposite of the original statement. Yep, definitely the opposite, and I’m not sure how somebody could slip up that badly, if this is indeed the case.

So what does this new, amended statement mean? Well, since fans were first introduced to Marvel’s First Family way back in 1963, there have been many different iterations of the team (and that’s not even including the sometimes changed roster). Sometimes they were scientific explorers, sometimes they were straight-up superheroes. They’ve got their powers from cosmic radiation, or from exotic energies from the Negative Zone. Sometimes Doctor Doom was an Eastern European dictator, othertimes he was their teenage friend or even a rival romantic interest.

I can go on and on like this, but the point is that according to the new statement, Josh Trank, screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg and co will be picking and choosing the elements they want to create their new version of these characters. And that’s something that I’m greatly in favour of, as there is some great material to mine to ensure that we have a movie that feels modern while not tossing out what makes the Fantastic Four work.

So, do you feel much more relieved about everything now, or had you already given up on this reboot even before yesterday’s news?

Last Updated: July 17, 2014


  1. I never give up on films that are related to properties I like, not until your review is out 😛
    Sometimes we can be pleasantly surprised.


    • Rince&pop

      July 17, 2014 at 13:44

      What about me! Damn you! 😛


      • DarthZA

        July 17, 2014 at 14:00

        I only care about opinions that matter…. 😛


      • VampyreSquirrel

        July 17, 2014 at 14:10

        And you don’t have a soul… so how do we know your reviews are true and correct?


        • Rince&pop

          July 17, 2014 at 14:19

          BECAUSE I don’t have a soul! How can you trust someone who can die? They can be threatened!


  2. Rince&pop

    July 17, 2014 at 13:44

    Good to hear!


  3. Sith JJ

    July 17, 2014 at 14:11

    Oh please. They’re just trying to cover up what she actually did say. Personally I don’t think she deserves the role.


    • Kervyn Cloete

      July 17, 2014 at 14:16

      Look Mara, is a great actress and I actually have zero problems with her not reading comics. Half the cast of Game of Thrones have never read the book, and they’re all doing fine. It’s directors and screenwriters who throw the source material out of the window that I take issue with.


  4. Eric

    July 17, 2014 at 14:47

    Is the guy who will be playing her brother going to pull a Robert Downy Jr in Tropic Thunder?


  5. James Francis

    July 17, 2014 at 20:11

    All the comics? What does that even mean?


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