THE FANTASTIC FOUR Skips out on Comic-Con But Offers a Glimpse at The Thing

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Apparently Fox decided not to bring any marketing for The Fantastic Four to Comic-Con this weekend, even though the Josh Trank-directed picture is currently shooting in Louisiana and will debut before next year’s convention.  However, a very unofficial image has leaked out into the interwebs that shows what is apparently the film’s new version of The Thing.  Jamie Bell is playing the rocky humanoid hero, aka Ben Grimm, and thankfully it looks like he’ll be doing so through motion capture.  It looks pretty good, but the bar was previously set laughably low by poor Michael Chiklis’ rock suit in the last effort.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Also starring Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch, Kate Mara as Invisible Girl, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, and Toby Kebbell as Dr. Doom, The Fantastic Four is set to open June 19, 2015.  

Here’s a look at the (top half, anyway) of The Thing from The Fantastic Four (via The Playlist):

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The image came courtesy of the now-defunct Twitter account @justifiedfilms, so it’s not exactly official.  So assuming it’s legit, we can also postulate that Bell will be performing motion-capture for The Thing rather than hoisting a bulky costume upon his 5’7″ frame.  It wouldn’t be the first time since he previously used the technology alongside Andy Serkis in The Adventures of Tintin as the title character.

Now there are plenty of reasons that Fox didn’t push a panel for The Fantastic Four, and the more mundane ones like scheduling conflicts are likely the culprits.  Then again, a recent report that the script is “evolving” on set might suggest that the confidence in the film isn’t exactly ::ahem:: rock-solid.  And for those of you hoping for a big-screen brawl between The Thing and Hulk some day, you might just have to settle for who turns in the motion-capture performance, Bell or Mark Ruffalo.

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  • appolox

    Looks pretty good actually.

  • ScratStitch

    So…let me get this straight….sites like this one are ALWAYS complaining (more like bitching) about CGI being used when practical effects would’ve worked…and I’m supposed to see the Thing in the first two Fantastic Four films as “laughably awful” now?

    “Having double standards” doesn’t even begin to cover this…

  • ScratStitch

    So…let me get this straight….sites like this one are ALWAYS complaining (more like bitching) about CGI being used when practical effects would’ve worked…and I’m supposed to see the Thing in the first two Fantastic Four films as “laughably awful” now?

    “Having double standards” doesn’t even begin to cover this…

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      So it’s a black or white spectrum with no gradation on the two ends? Either we have to like ALL practical effects over special effects or vice versa? How is it hypocritical to want *well done* practical effects over CGI or, when practical effects just can’t do the trick (like was apparently the case with the Thing in Fox’s first two F4 movies), well done motion capture CGI? That seems reasonable and not at all hypocritical.

      • Muhammad Alif B As’shaari

        When it is mentioned to be ‘laughably awful’ as a matter of fact, it touched on some people’s nerves because that ‘the Thing’ practical effects are liked by some people… it is on the eyes of the beholder but the author should refrain from making a sweeping statement like that again.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Liking something and that something being executed horribly don’t necessarily have a relation to one another. No one’s saying you can’t like the Thing special effects, but considering those special effects were supposed to make him look like his skin was made of rock but instead made him look like it was made of foam painted to look like rocks is why it’s technically awful. These two things are not mutually exclusive. Hell, the Transformers movies are technically awful in execution, but people still love them.

      • Muhammad Alif B As’shaari

        I agree it was not well executed… I can’t seems to see clearly what happens in every Transformer film but that doesn’t really matter in the end for the viewers.
        I want to think that ScratStitch only mention the act of using practical effect against CGs but it is unfortunate that it has to use the example of the Thing from previous films.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yeah, movie fans don’t usually gripe just because CGI is used, they gripe when it’s used where a practical effect could have done just as well. In the case of the Thing, we’ve seen firsthand that practical effects just don’t cut it. Hence, why we’re glad to see it done via CGI this time. Another example: classic Planet of the Apes ape costumes versus modern CGI with Andy Serkis. No one is going to argue they should have used practical costumes again.

      • Muhammad Alif B As’shaari

        Great points there… but I do believe with more efforts and better use of the practical effects, the end product would enhance your viewing experience instead of taking you out of it completely. Case in point: Guardians of the Galaxy.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        They’ve tried practical effects for The Thing twice – they didn’t work very well. There is no “better use of the practical effects” in this case. The practical effects don’t cut it. CGI use is required now.

      • Muhammad Alif B As’shaari

        Well, let’s wait and see how it’ll look in its finished state… if that picture is just as a template for the animators, I just wish the CG effects would do the characters justice…

      • Muhammad Alif B As’shaari

        Great points there… but I do believe with more efforts and better use of the practical effects, the end product would enhance your viewing experience instead of taking you out of it completely. Case in point: Guardians of the Galaxy.

    • MITIOR

      yeah, it’s always been like this with movie blogs, if they like the director, everything he does is perfect. If they don’t like him everything is utter garbage. Fanboyism at its maximum.

    • GrimReaper07

      The fact that it was practical alone doesn’t make it good. It was just plain ridiculous looking.

  • Ted

    actually the suit they used in those two FF films wasnt bad, in fact I think it was one of the only good things (including Michael Chiklis playing the role)

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Chiklis was damn good, it was just a shame his rock suit looked instead like a foam suit with rock designs painted on.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Chiklis was damn good, it was just a shame his rock suit looked instead like a foam suit with rock designs painted on.

    • Btbcc12859

      I actually agree with you, the suit looked good. I remember when the movie came out, their was no major complaint about it. Also, compared to Roger Corman how is the bar set so low.

  • enderandrew

    Why would a comic book movie show at at Comic Con? We’ve got Sharknado, Penguins of Madagascar, Everyly, etc. Comic book conventions are no place for comic book movie panels when all the spots are taken up by mainstream, non-geeky media.

    • El Maskador

      You forgot the Bones tv series panel, that’s what all of us “geeks” talk about every Wednesday in the comic shops…

  • Tobias Fünke

    Daddy needs to get his rocks off.

  • Tobias Fünke

    Daddy needs to get his rocks off.

  • Vulcan

    Well, Bell learned how to do motion capture from the best, Andy Serkis. So I’m hoping that he is bringing that knowledge to the role.

  • Vulcan

    Well, Bell learned how to do motion capture from the best, Andy Serkis. So I’m hoping that he is bringing that knowledge to the role.

  • Strong Enough

    it can’t be too hard to make a better movie than Story’s version

  • Strong Enough

    it can’t be too hard to make a better movie than Story’s version

  • StarLord69

    That design looks… *ahem*… fantastic.

  • StarLord69

    That design looks… *ahem*… fantastic.

  • El Maskador

    Does it really surprise anyone that Fox skipped out on this?

  • Matt1

    Am I the only one who thinks that pic looks ridiculously fake and more photoshopped than a magazine cover of Kim Kardashian??

  • Matt1

    Am I the only one who thinks that pic looks ridiculously fake and more photoshopped than a magazine cover of Kim Kardashian??

  • MJ

    L A M E ! ! !

  • MJ

    L A M E ! ! !

  • O.G. Loc

    Looks cool, and realistic. Which is what they’re trying to make I hear.
    I also hated the previous suit. I never had the impression it was actually rock. It always looked like shinny orange rubber, which it was. They just added the annoying rocks sound effect when he moved.

  • O.G. Loc

    Looks cool, and realistic. Which is what they’re trying to make I hear.
    I also hated the previous suit. I never had the impression it was actually rock. It always looked like shinny orange rubber, which it was. They just added the annoying rocks sound effect when he moved.

  • Merlin235

    I must be in the minority, because I looked at that photo and was taken aback by how crappy it looks. Something with the eyes. I’m sure it’ll look better when it is finalized.

  • Bakes

    this movie is going to tank sooooo hard. Who are they making it for?

  • Christopher Bjørn

    The cast for TFF is so disappointing. The last ones at least had some decency in the casting.

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