9) The Tone: Is It Too Dark?
Right off the bat, the first noticeable thing about Fantastic Four is its tone. While I doubt that the film itself will be this dour, this first bit of footage is quite serious. That is sure to turn some audiences off of the property altogether, and has already garnered quite a few comparisons to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (which Nolan also had a hand in).
The similarities don’t stop there, either. The heavy scientific undertones, hopeful voiceover, spacesuit-inspired outfits and cinematography are strikingly similar to Nolan’s recent endeavor, Interstellar. Comic book films have been tiptoeing toward science fiction for a few years now, but this one seems to have its feet firmly planted in the genre, feeling (so far) like less of a superhero film.
How much of that will actually exist in the final product, and how audiences will react to it, remains to be seen. But for now, it’s an intriguing aspect to consider.