Fantastic Four Week: Top 5 Questionable Comments from the 2015 Cast

Posted: August 3, 2015 in Comic Book Breakdowns
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For now, let’s ignore criticizing the upcoming 2015 Fantastic Four movie. Sure, a majority of the internet seems to not be in support of it, but there’s always the possibility (however slim) that the movie could turn out very well. That having been said, however, it doesn’t help when even the cast can’t decide on what aspects of the film to support or even announce without backpedalling/tripping over themselves/etc. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what could be the oddest, most questionable announcements from the 2015 Fantastic Four cast members, such as:

1. Toby Kebbell: Announces Blogger ‘Doom’; Later Denies It

Picture Dr. Doom for a moment. What do you think about when the character is in your mind? Green cloak, metal armor, and a love of shooting buildings into space? What about angry blogging? For the longest time, hardcore and casual fans alike had been questioning the rumor that Victor Von Doom, Latveria’s angry dictator, would become a blogger using the online moniker of “Doom”. Somehow this also involved Doombots, at least until the studio shot down those rumors. Stuff like that makes you wonder who comes up with these rumors in the first place.

Or at least it would if it wasn’t the actor himself who started it all. Yes, actor Toby Kebbell actually announced to Collider late last year that the Victor we all knew would actually be “Victor Domashev” who uses the name Doom online.

KEBBELL:  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”.

What’s even more confusing about this though is the fact that Kebbell later denied this information, claiming it all to be “rumors” and that Victor would actually be Victor Von Doom.

…And that’s Doom as we see him. He’s a computer technician, a computer scientist. There were rumors he was a hacker or something, but no. Victor Von Doom is who we hope he will be.

2. Michael B. Jordan: Claims Director is “Brilliant”, but Changes are Made Constantly

As far as picking controversial statements from the cast goes, I actually had to debate picking either this one or Jordan’s statement that the classic FF suits are “cheesy” (in case you’re still curious though, here it is). In the end though, I feel that this one packs a much bigger punch, seeing as we’re talking about a movie that seemingly made stuff up on the fly.

According to Johnny Storm/Human Torch actor Michael B. Jordan, director Josh Trank introduced a number of rewrites throughout filming. Not exactly the worst thing in the world, considering a large number of films do it all the time, although it is a bit disturbing when it’s mentioned that rewrites are done “on the fly”.

The script is evolving, [you make] on set decisions on the fly, things are always constantly changing.

Keep in mind, this is mere moments before he states that Trank is “very clear” in his vision and that the director “knows exactly what he wants”. Wait, what?

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3. Kate Mara: Screw the Comics, Fantastic Four Isn’t Based on Anything

What’s worse than having an actor/actress in a movie who excites absolutely nobody with their casting? Having said actor/actress claiming that they don’t even like the material their movie is based on. That’s according to Kate Mara, who stated that she never liked comic books, or even read one for that fact.

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.

Online reactions to this were pretty much what you’d expect. It actually got to the point where her publicist had to reach out to sources and state that she was “misquoted”. To be fair, at least she said that she’d try to read some of the comics, until Trank told her not to.

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4. Jamie Bell: Doesn’t Know Details About His Own Character (and Hasn’t Even Seen the Movie)

It’s tough for a lot of actors these days, especially for those actors who end up in movies with an overwhelmingly negative buzz. Actors like Jamie Bell, however, really don’t make it better when they admit that they don’t even know pretty big details about their own characters. Granted, knowing whether or not his character Ben Grimm/the Thing wears pants off the top of his head isn’t the biggest issue in the world, but just take a look at what he said:

From what I’ve seen from the movie– and I haven’t seen the (entire) movie– he doesn’t seem to be wearing pants.

So wait, he hasn’t even seen the entire movie yet? Had any of the actors seen the movie before Hall H?

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5. Miles Teller: Generally Nonchalant About the Whole Thing

Out of the five main actors in this film, it’s actually pretty difficult to find something to complain about when talking about Miles Teller and his role in Fantastic Four. However, that’s because Teller hasn’t really said anything one way or the other about his upcoming film. Instead, a lot of his comments tend to be very non confrontational.

If it was Spider-Man, that entire movie’s on my shoulders and that’s a more isolating experience…I don’t know if I would be into it, but the fact that it’s a movie that I knew we’d share… the superhero world, that’s a whole different animal. That’s a pretty serious commitment.

So in other words, he’s glad he has some buffer if the film fails?

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Keep in mind that these aren’t all of the comments made about the Fantastic Four. If you’re interested, feel free to drop by IMDB for this timeline a user made based around the entire production. Who knows though. Maybe we’ll all be wrong about this movie, and it’ll be the greatest thing Fox has ever made. Or maybe all our fears are true, and the movie’s awful. We’ll know for sure when the movie opens on August 7th.

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