Just how different will the new Fantastic Four movie be from the versions we've seen before? Very different, it seems. Collider has a new interview with director Josh Trank. And this first look at this version of the Fantastic Four's outfits. And, well... it's bluer when you expand it to full-size and look closely?
Trank wants to set this movie apart from the other superhero movies out there, and he's drawing on the films of David Cronenberg to do it. He told Collider:
I would say that the science fiction of it is a big thing that sets it apart from most of the other superhero genre films. I'm a huge David Cronenberg fan, and I always viewed Fantastic Four and the kind of weirdness that happens to these characters and how they're transformed to really fall in line more with a Cronenberg-ian science fiction tale of something horrible happening to your body and [it] transforming out of control. And the potential for a hard sci-fi take on that material makes me really excited. I don't really see that kind of potential and that kind of take being implemented on any of the other superhero movies that seem to be coming out in the next few years. Superhero movies have become a genre unto themselves and I didn't really grow up on superhero movies. I grew up on genre movies before superhero was a genre.
He goes on to explain how this Cronenbergian approach also ties into his interpretation of the word "fantastic":
I think a real misconception people have comes from the adjectives. Fantastic means the tone needs to be fantastical, and we're talking about fantastical things, but it doesn't mean "pop." People need to refresh their understanding of the English language because "fantastical" means The Fly. These are fantastical things that are befalling real people and the realities we see in our everyday lives. There's something creepy about the fantastical and there's something inspiring about the fantastical. And to have that be birthed out of a reality that we're familiar with is why we go to the movies. It's why I go to the movies. I want to see that. And I think it's lacking these days. It will be cool to bring to a modern audience and introduce young audiences to stuff that I myself not too long ago fell in love with. And that's why I do what I do today.
With those quotes, the costume is definitely put into context. It's definitely not "pop," and more "Cronenber-ian." Add to it that we also now know that the score will come courtesy of Philip Glass and Marco Beltrami. Imagine a score like that... and that's the tone Trank is going for.