– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Haters going to hate.

Just like the New Coke decades ago, traditionalists hated the concept and idea. Now the new “Fantastic Four” movie is getting the same treatment with plenty of trolls at the gate.

In a recent Los Angeles Times interview, director Josh Trank knew his casting choices were going to be—a bit controversial.

“I get it,” he said to the newspaper. “I have a lot of friends who are older than me who are comic fans and it’s really hard for them to be on board with a change like that ‘Fantastic Four’ has been theirs for longer than I’ve been alive. It hasn’t been mine.”

Trank wants the fans to be opened towards newer and fresher ideas when it comes to these things. He completely understands the traditionalists and conservatives who are loyal to the comic book franchise.

“It only speaks to the greatness of any story that has been told for decades or centuries that people still want to tell that story,” he continued in the story. “But you can’t just keep telling it the same way over and over again. And I think it only helps the world to be more honest with young kids, to show them the world that they go walk outside and see.” 

Co-writer and producer Simon Kinberg also put in his two cents regarding the changes to the story characters.

“The change of Jamie as Ben being a smaller guy instead of a bigger guy, for example, was for a purpose,” he said. “It’s more dramatic when that character becomes a huge rock creature – that’s a bigger transformation. The notion of a working-class tough guy who’s been pushed around by his bigger brothers his whole life seemed like a more interesting character than the guy who started as a football player and just ended up being 4 inches taller.”

Both guys do ask the fans to reserve judgement on the casting choices until the movie comes out on August 7.

 Source: Los Angeles Times

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.