Josh Trank Hopes People Will Learn Something From Fantastic Four

We're still a month away from its release, but people have already formed strong opinions of 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four. To ease some concerns people are having with the reboot, director Josh Trank took part in a candid interview with the L.A. Times.

"People are religious about comics the way people are religious about the Bible," Trank said. "But I think it's true for a lot of movies that you can take license with adapting the underlying material and you will be forgiven for it if it's good—and you will not be if it's bad."

And you know what? He's right. There are plenty of examples in which comic book movies veered away from the source material and fans didn't raise much of a stink because the finished product was surprisingly good. Either way, good or bad, Trank is taking complete ownership of all of the decisions.

"I made every single choice knowing that people would question it," Trank acknowledged. "And what better reaction than to have people then go see the movie and understand it and feel like maybe they've learned something about the world, to not question the next thing they think is going to be stupid or weird. I think that's my purpose right now in my life."

A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.


Fantastic Four hits theaters on August 7. You can see where its sequel, and other upcoming comic book movies, will fall here.