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Attention Fantastic Four fans who still bear emotional scars following Fox’s first cinematic version of their favorite heroes. Miles Teller, who plays Reed Richards in next year’s franchise reboot, has some comforting words for you: The new version doesn’t feature “Michael Chiklis in a big Styrofoam thing.” Or a big Styrofoam thing, for that matter.
“It’s different in every way,” Teller explained to Vulture when comparing the Josh Trank-helmed movie to its 2005 and 2007 predecessors. “The tone of this film is completely different,” he continued. “I think that [a more grounded approach] is what people are into… You’re dealing with these characters, but you’re making them real people in how they exist day-to-day. People wanted it to be taken more seriously than the kind of Dick Tracy, kitschy, overly comic-book world.”
The actor, who appears in the movie alongside Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell, also said that he wasn’t worried about audiences being bored by superhero movies before Fantastic Four hits theaters next summer. “It depends on the product,” he said. “Guardians of the Galaxy was a really fresh take on it [and] I think people responded to that. In terms of where we are in the schedule, we’re playing the same weekend they were playing.” (The movie was moved to an August 7 release earlier this month; Guardians opened August 1).
“It’s a big summer,” he admitted, pointing to Marvel’s second Avengers movie, Jurassic World and Terminator: Genisys as potential competition for Four. “There’s a ton of movies out there, so if people have an appetite for it, they’ll see a couple, and if not, maybe they’ll just see one.” Preferably, of course, the one that’s grounded and less kitschy than the rest. Styrofoam lovers, there’s always Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.
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