9:04am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Fantastic Four' Reboot Turns Doctor Doom Into a Grumpy Programmer
When Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot hits screens next summer, it might be the superhero team’s nemesis who’s undergone the most drastic transformation. After more than half a century as Victor Von Doom, monarch of an Eastern European country, it turns out that Doctor Doom will have become, in the words of the actor who plays him, a “very anti-social programmer.”
“There’s a mild change” in the character, Toby Kebbell told Collider. “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.’”
In a separate interview with IGN, Kebbell called the movie a “very realistic, lo-fi attempt at a superhero movie,” adding that what he had worked on most in preparation was the voice of Doom. “When I watched the cartoon as a kid, that voice I imagined was the voice I tried to portray,” he said. “That voice of a person who’d been in a country — when I was a kid, it was an Eastern European who’s been in England. They kind of have an English accent, but you can tell they’re not from there. Now this is Doom, or Domashev as we’ve got him in this movie, he’s in America, so I did the American accent with that kind of hint, that accent.”
This isn’t the first time Doctor Doom will have lost his classic name; when Marvel launched the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic book series in 2004, the name “Von Doom” was updated to “van Damme,” suggesting that perhaps the super villain was in some way related to Jean-Claude van Damme.
Trank’s Fantastic Four, which also stars Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, will be released August 2015.