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There used be zero expectation that movies based on your favorite superheroes would borrow directly from specific comic book stories. That’s change in recent years. We’ve had tremendous comic book based movies based on actual comic book storylines, like Iron Man 3 and “Extremis,” Captain America: The Winter Soldier and, well, “The Winter Soldier,” and the latest X-Men movie Days of Future Past, which is based on the Uncanny X-Men story of the same name. So perhaps it has to be said now, but comic book movies aren’t always based on specific stories, and it appears that the new Fantastic Four movie will be one of those efforts.

Here’s what Kate Mara, the new Sue “Invisible Woman” Storm, told Esquire (via Live For Films) about what comic book or comic book story inspired the new movie:

“I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions.”

Sacrilege! Well, okay, maybe it’s not the end of the world. There’s been a lot of talk about the tone and style of the new FF movie, throwing around terms like “grounded” and “found-footage feel,” and none of that yield’s itself to some of the fantastical, out-of-this-world elements frequently broached in the FF comic.

On the other hand, while Tim Story‘s two Fantastic Four movies had enough issues for the entire 50 year run of FF comics, some of the more pronounced was when he deviated from the comic book source material. Like when “Doctor Doom” went up on the space mission with the rest of the gang. Actually anything involving “Doctor Doom” really. Or how about Cloud Galactus? (Which was kinda inspired by the Ultimate version, but they even copped out there.)

What is a bit concerning though is the intonation that they’re moving so far from the comic that the production told Mara not to read any of the comics? Not even on background so that she can get a feel for her character? That’s a bit like making a World War II movie and being told not to read any history books on the subject, or playing a doctor and told not to engage any real-life doctors to get a feel for how they perform on the job. You always hear actors talk about research, so if you take away the comics, how will the actors prepare for the parts they play in a comic book movie? Will Mara have to practice being invisible? This is starting to feel quite bizarre.

Still, as always, let’s attempt to reserve judgement.

Source: Cinema Blend

Category: Comics, Film

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