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Kate Mara Says ‘Fantastic Four’ Won’t Follow Comic Book Source Material Or Story Arcs
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Comic book movies are never 100% adaptations of their respective source material. Not that there is anything wrong with that. In fact this is a common occurrence with many of these adaptations. Now with director Josh Trank‘s reboot of Fantastic Four in production, we will get to see just how different the material in the film is from its source.

With Comic-Con a little over a week away, fans will surely be adjusting many of their schedules to see if they can wait it out to see a panel for their favorite films, and one film that should be making a surprise appearance is Fantastic Four. Though they are not on the schedule, rumor has it that the stars of the film, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jaime Bell, and Michael B. Jordan, are all expected to make a surprise appearance, much like how the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past dropped by unexpectedly.

Though the rumored appearance would probably entail a friendly wave to Hall H, Mara is dropping a few hints about Simon Kinberg‘s script. According to her, the film is a reinvention of the four superheroes that will not use any previous comic book storylines. Hit the jump to read all the details.

In an interview with Esquire Latin America, Mara talked about how the upcoming reboot won’t follow the comic book’s origins or be based on any familiar story arcs. Here’s the full quote:

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. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it’s very exciting to be part of a movie like this.

I don’t feel more responsibility with this role that I’ve felt with others. I understand that there are many fans of Fantastic Four and I guess they expect a lot from me, but I prefer not to be pressured by that. We are also trying to create a new way of seeing these superheroes, I’m focusing on making her (Susan Storm) as real as possible.

I was excited, but I only focused on doing the best I could. I think there are roles you get if that’s what needs to happen. I kept everything in perspective although expected to stay with the paper, because the movie has great actors like Michael B. Jordan (who will be the Human Torch).

Don’t worry about that first statement of her not being a fan of comic books; quite frankly that kind of honesty is a bit refreshing as opposed to the stars who lie through their teeth with statements like “I’ve always been a geek.” As long as the actor or actress is able to convey the character in the right manner, it won’t matter whether or not he or she has read comic books, because they are able to embody the hero or villain.

The one thing we should be focusing on is how this incarnation of Fantastic Four won’t follow the comic books. For one thing, I get it, and it makes sense. No one wants to see a repeat of something that they are already familiar with. Case in point, The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. Just look at how Sony lazily went by with rebooting it with an origins story that felt so much like Sam Raimi’s version, you probably couldn’t tell the difference between the two films.

So Fox probably saw this, and went with a gamble by using the same titular heroes, but gave them an origins story that does not follow the comic books. It’s a risky move, for sure, but if done correctly, it will pay off with a franchise that should last longer than the predecessor.

[Source: Esquire Latin America]


  1. THIS MOVIE WILL SUCK!!! If you’re not going to follow source material at least to some degree; then you shouldn’t be making a comic book movie!! GIVE FF BACK TO MARVEL!!!

    Comment by UNCARING1 — July 16, 2014 @ 11:44 am

  2. Amen to what UNCARING1 said!

    Comment by Me — July 19, 2014 @ 12:07 am

  3. Right. So let’s make Hercules a woman and Jason and the Argonauts a bunch of guys out to party on a boat.

    Myths are myths for a reason. The Fantastic Four’s mythos is what is credited with creating the Bronze Age of Comics (though it was slap-dab in the Silver Age).

    I know, Mara want’s to put herself out there like she’s the new Tim Burton (who never read a Batman comic and I still say the first Batman wasn’t that good).

    Well, Fox wanted this, so let them deal with the failure as best they can.

    Or, worse, it will be a success and this will lead them into further eroding the source material that has created a built-in fan base for them. Uncaring is right in what he says, but I just had to add my own disgust.

    I read the first Fantastic Four back when I was a kid. I bought comics for my nephews, nieces and the kids of all my friends.

    I have a lot of friends to this day that hold the mythos to be sacred.

    Fox, you’re just a bunch of jerks who want money.

    I hope you choke on it.

    Comment by Robert Santa Maria — July 20, 2014 @ 3:17 am

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