In the forthcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot, four superheroes -- Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Sue Storm (Kate Mara), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) -- will reportedly engage in a grand battle against Victor von Doom (Toby Kebbell). Director Josh Trank spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what can be expected when the four superheroes will take on the super-skilled villain.
“The audience should expect an epic, massive, huge, multipower slugfest. This movie is big. A lot of stakes,” Trank said. He added that the film is much different from his 2012 hit “Chronicle,” where three teens eventually discover their abilities. In “Fantastic Four” the main characters will get their powers after they are teleported to an alternate universe. They will harness their abilities and new form to save Earth from a familiar enemy.
In the film, Doom will be an antisocial programmer. “He has aspirations and struggles that are a little bit more classically tragic than the other characters. As much as it’s an origin story of our heroes, it also tracks how someone can become a villain,” producer Simon Kinberg told the website.
In the comics, Doom wants to elevate himself above others. He has a slight scar on his face and this makes him feel inferior to other humans and also motivates him to become supreme. He is the Fantastic Four’s arch-nemesis and made his first appearance in “The Fantastic Four” No. 5 comic book. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the character.
Trank wrote the screenplay of the film with Kinberg. The producers are Jeremy Salter, Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman. Other cast members include Reg E. Cathey and Tim Blake Nelson. Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass have supplied the music. The movie opens Aug. 7 in 2D and 3D.