Know what’s a good way to get your trailer overlooked? Release it the same week that the trailers for two other, much more anticipated films release trailers of their own. So kudos on that, Twentieth Century Fox, for releasing a new look at director Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four film the same weekend when everyone is talking about Star Wars: The Force Awaken and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
And in a way, it is kind of a pity, because for me at least this is the first indication that the film will not be a complete trainwreck. Sure, it looks as if the tone is too dark and gritty compared to the comic book series source material, but there are brief hints that some chemistry and interplay between the four heroes – Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), Sue Storm (Kate Mara) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) – might actually exist. We also get our first official look at Toby Kebbell‘s Victor Domashev a.k.a. Doctor Doom. But even on a weekend where we wouldn’t have had two other more anticipated trailers that this would indeed pale in comparison against, this new look does excite so much as it generates a begrudging feeling that person this film won’t be such the cinematic equivalent of root canal surgery that all reports have been leading us to believe. Probably just a regular tooth scraping and cleaning. Either way though, it is still feels like a trip to the dentist.