Oh joy, Miles Teller assures us we're getting a more "grounded" Fantastic Four


Quick! Name this movie from the various real life events that occur: a tech genius creates an armored flying suit, teams with a solider from the 1940s, a pair of assassins, a man who turns into an uncontrollable behemoth and a god who can fly and summon lighting to battle another god and an alien invasion from decimating New York City.

If you said the third highest grossing movie of all time you’d be right. Yep, there wasn’t a whole lot of real life occurrences going down in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” but for some reason it appears the new “Fantastic Four” movie is going to aim for a more realistic take on comic book movies, according to star Miles Teller.


Miles-Teller“It’s different in every way,” Teller said to Vulture regarding the 2005 film starring Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd. “All those actors were a lot older, their characters were in different places. The tone of this film is completely different: We don’t have Michael Chiklis in a big Styrofoam thing, and I think that [a more grounded approach] is what people are into — X-Men: First Class is doing that. 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.”

You see the thing is, what made “Avengers” such a hit was that it was all about being an overly comic-book world. Director Joss Whedon didn’t shy away from making it one big comic book sized spectacle. It was big, showy and dynamic — exactly like a great comic book.

The FF are the last comic book characters that should be stuck in a “grounded” film. They regularly deal with galactic threats, alien invaders and their arch-enemy is a power-mad despot who rules his own country while clad in head to toe armor.

Fantastic Four movieFor the numerous problems with Tim Story’s Fantastic Four films, the tone of the team was fairly accurate to the comics. Trying to make the FF more like Batman isn’t the answer — it’s finding what makes that team unique and making it fantastic. And if you can’t do that right, just use “The Incredibles” as the inspiration. There’s a reason that animated film remains so beloved, but I have serious doubts we’ll be saying the same for the FF reboot after its 2015 release.




  • Fred

    Oh that’s just great, another superhero film that exists in a world of aliens, gods and cosmic beings wants to ‘Ground’ their film in reality haha. Man I’m getting so sick of hearing people say that, when it’s really a cop out for saying the director can’t make a decent and true to the spirits comic book film and the mediocre cast is not up to par in performing on the big screen, that’s how I see it. The main thing I absolutely loved about “The Avengers” is it didn’t run away and hide from it’s true comic book spirit and roots, in fact the movie embraced them to it’s full potential and it was glorious. Whenever I hear some clown say a film was too comic booky, I say what the hell do you expect dummy, it’s based on a comic book with superheroes, duh. Unless it’s Batman, Daredevil, Deadpool, Punisher or a character like those, your film has no business being grounded. How are you going to ground a guy that can heat up his body to the degree of a supernova, a woman that turns invisible and creates powerful forcefields, a guy who can stretch his body up to 1500 feet and a guy that’s made of rock with superhuman strength, please explain that one to me haha. Well 2 out of 3(AOU, Ant man)ain’t bad in 2015 lol.

  • Yeah, it’s the worse response and is almost a code for “this is going to be a lame comic book movie.” I don’t understand the point of gritty comic book movies outside of the ones you mentioned and I think Deadpool is equally suited for over the top, crazy, funny action. Ugh. Not looking forward to that one at all.

  • Fred

    Jeff I enjoy dark and gritty when it’s made in the right film that fits that tone. If The Avengers would have tried to be like TDK and visa versa, both films would have failed miserably financially and critically. Certain tones fits certain characters, and there’s nothing on earth any director or writer can do to change that fact. Fox had the right idea with the F4 films in the 2005 and 2007 as far as spirit and tone of the comic books goes, they just had bad direction, some misplaced actors and terrible writing. The director and writers only needed to improve on those factors and enhance them, not change the whole feel and spirit of who the F4 are and what they represent. F4 has always been one of the most cosmic based characters around, and now all of a sudden you want to ground them in reality. That’s like the equivalent of taking a Batman film and shooting it in outer space, it makes no sense.

  • keith

    I want this movie deep six pronto and for michael b jordan to be free of this mess. Miles… gives such a hollywood answer that i rather see two more incredibles before we even attempt another FF. such shame for great heroes. this has batman and robin all over this mixed with kick ass. horrible

  • Fred

    The thing that gets me about this, is the only reason Fox is making this film is so the rights wouldn’t revert back to Marvel studios. Fox can tell whatever lies they want, they we’re on the clock and they know it. I mean if your making the film because your hearts are truly in it and you feel that you have a good product and competent people working on the film, than go ahead and make it, I have no quarrels with that. But if your making a film to beat a certain deadline which they we’re IMO, you might as well just bow out, be ladies and gentleman about it and allow the rights to revert back to Marvel.

  • I had this really solid response, but had to deal with some spam crap and lost it. Ugh. Anyway.
    I wonder if Alba and McMahon in particular were replaced and Dr. Doom written more like the comic if people would have hated on the FF films. Except for Galactus because that decision was TERRIBLE.

  • I’m getting close to that as well man.

    I’m hoping it has more in common with KA than Batman & Robin. Shudder.

  • Fred

    Alba and McMahon we’re definitely the weak links of those F4 films without question. Evans was was pretty good as Johnny Storm as was Chiklis as Ben, and Gruffudd was okay as Richards. Alba was sorely misplaced as Susan Storm. eye candy and nothing more and McMahon was just flat lifeless in the role of Doom. That was one of the problems, but the direction was weak and the writing was flat out terrible.

  • Jace

    I think this is an attempt by Fox to annoy Marvel/Disney so much that they pay a king’s ransom to stop this movie before there is never a chance to make a quality Fantastic Four movie. (I enjoyed the first two by the way, although if they made Doom like the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes version they would have been better movies)

  • If Marvel/Disney needed a Kickstarter, I’d happily chip in.

  • keith

    MAN just imagine doom being able to be a problem for the avengers.. doom is really needed. I lost a little respect for miles after that gah-bage interview.

  • That would be amazing. And oh-so disappointing that it’s not possible yet.