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..”

FLAME ON, INTERNET!

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

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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