It’s been a while since we’ve been reminded how much Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot will suck, so some of us might have been lulled into a false sense of hope that it might be halfway decent. So, thank you Toby Kebbell for letting us know that the film will suck more than we ever imagined.
The actor spoke with Collider to promote the home video release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and they asked him what it was to play Doctor Doom. Well, apparently Kebbell is quite chatty, and this innocuous question opened up the flood gates with him, allowing some spoilers to come spilling out. Unfortunately, one of the spoilers has to do with how the character of Doom will be played in the film. Here’s the quote. Warning! Do not read immediately after eating!
I’m excited to see it too, and my nerves really…The only thing I can tease you about is what I worked on most was the voice because nobody—even in the cartoons, when I was watching them I was like, “So where’s he from?” There’s a mild change and I’ll tell you because of our history. 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”.
Kinda makes you nostalgic for the Julian McMahon version, doesn’t it?
Yes, McMahon’s euro-trash version of Doom was one of the most criticized aspects of the original franchise, as many believe the performance did not have the weight and gravitas that made character from the comics great. Fox and Trank decide to take of this criticism in, examine it closely, and make their Doom even LESS like the comic book version. Just changing his name was bad enough, but making him a cut rate version of “Anonymous?” It seems like they are actively trying to drive fans away.
Doctor Doom is one of the classic Marvel villains. And what make him classic is that he operates from a position of power. He is the king of a small European country. He has immeasurable financial assets at his disposal to fund whatever his genius-level intellect can create. He can attack the Fantastic Four with impunity, hiding behind the veil of diplomatic immunity. He is the opposite of the subversive the film is making him out to be, a simple “anti-social programmer” who is active in the blogging community. Doom does not blog.
I have a hard time figuring out what Fox and Trank are doing with this property. The first set of films were disappointing, but not because original concept was flawed, but rather the interpretation of that concept was lacking. The Fantastic Four did not need a ground-up destruction and rebuild. But Fox and Trank thinks that is just what the concept needs, and is willing to do that. Who cares of long time fans of the concept are alienated, as long as new fans are added on. Hopefully, those new fans won’t add on and the franchise dies a quick death at the box office.