Although the Batman/Superman movie has been pushed from summer 2015 to summer 2016*, there is still another superhero team-up movie coming out that summer, aside from Avengers: Age of Ultron: Fox’ reboot of Fantastic Four, directed by Chronicle’s Josh Trank.
Variety reports that writer Simon Kinberg (who seemingly has his fingers in every nerd pie lately, from X-Men to Star Wars) has finished rewriting the script, and that Fox plans to begin testing actors for the roles of Reed Richards and Sue Storm by the end of the month. Actor Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) is almost certainly testing for the part of Reed, as well as Kit Harrington and Richard Madden from Game of Thrones. As for the part of the Invisible Woman, both Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan are looking to be testing for her. Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) is apparently still attached to play Johnny Storm, a/k/a the Human Torch, but he is expected to test with the actors to see which group has the best chemistry. No mention is made of who would be testing for the part of Ben Grimm/The Thing, which lends credence to the rumor that the Thing will be an all-CGI creation this time, and not a man in a suit like the last Fantastic Four movie series, with the voice actor to be considered later.
Simon Kinberg, Kick Ass and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn, and Gregory Goodman are serving as producers. No mention is made of Mark Millar, who Fox brought on to “godfather” all the Marvel properties they own and connect them, but that could have simply been an omission on Variety’s part. One thing is for sure: With all the young twenty-something actors testing for the parts of the FF, it looks like this version of the team will have more in common with Millar’s Ultimate Fantastic Four comics from the early 2000’s than the classic Marvel Universe version. The newly rebooted Fantastic Four is set to premiere June 19, 2015, which is almost exactly ten years since the first movie came out.
*If Superman/Batman (aka Justice League lite) had hit in summer 2015 as planned, it would have meant we would have had three of the four longest running superhero teams sharing the big screen in one summer, The Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the JLA. We might have died of nerd overload… it might have killed us all. Let’s count our blessings.