How Much Will the 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Deviate from the Comics?

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Director Josh Trank has more or less earned our trust, but there's really no getting around the fact that the Fantastic Four film franchise has been mostly underwhelming thus far -- something owing at least as much to the inherent squareness of the comics as it has to the overall miscasting and periodically inept filmmaking that marred the first two films.

That said, you don't make a movie called Fantastic Four unless you're drawing on the property's printed mythology, right? According to cast member Kate Mara, that may only be true to a point -- and a point well short of what many FF fans might assume.

"I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one," she admitted in a recent interview. Adding that she'd been willing to familiarize herself with the FF books but Trank "said it wasn’t necessary," she revealed, "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."

That's kind of a scary situation to be in when you're stepping into a franchise with as much history as Fantastic Four, and it's very much to Mara's credit that she feels that weight -- but isn't willing to be constrained by it. "I understand that there are many fans of Fantastic Four and I guess they expect a lot from me, but I prefer not to be pressured by that," she explained. "We are also trying to create a new way of seeing these superheroes; I’m focusing on making her (Susan Storm) as real as possible."

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