The Fantastic Four reboot is a pretty crucial project for the folks over at 20th Century Fox. Right now the X-Men franchise is on a very good path, but if the studio really wants to expand their in-house comic book movie world, then that means Fantastic Four needs to work with both critics and audiences. As a result, there is going to be a great deal of pressure on our first official look that the new film - and that's exactly why we haven't gotten one yet.
While speaking with ComicBook.com, producer Simon Kinberg revealed why we have yet to actually get our first look at the new Fantastic Four, and the basic reason is just that the movie just isn't ready to be seen yet. Touting the fact that he was on the set of the movie almost every day of shooting and has already seen all of the footage, the filmmaker explained that the production wants everything to be 100% perfect before its delivered to audiences. Said Kinberg,
"We’re putting it together now, and one of the important things, because this Fantastic Four is a reboot, and is such a different tonality and vibe from those other films, we want to make sure that the first thing we put out really expresses the voice of the movie, and isn’t compromised by not having visual effects ready, or anything like that."
Going further, he added that director Josh Trank has created something "very different" from every superhero movie we've seen before, and noted that it's very emotional, character-driven, more grounded film than I think people are anticipating." This definitely echoes statements he's been making for months, selling The Fantastic Four as "a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie" than the two that were made by director Tim Story back in the '00s.
Now that The Fantastic Four has been pushed back to its current August 2015 release date, there is not only more time for 20th Century Fox to get the movie finished, but it also means that they don't have to start marketing the film until a lot further down the line. That being said, some people may see that as a lack of confidence in the material - especially since Marvel Studios was showing footage from Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron all the way back in July during San Diego Comic-Con. At the very least they should give us some official stills that give us an idea of the new approach to the central characters.
The Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, and Reg E. Cathey and will be in theaters everywhere on August 7th next year.