Kate Mara Claims New ‘Fantastic Four’ Will Not Be Based On Existing Comic Book Mythology

The last set of Fantastic Four films were far from cinematic treasures, but they had their roots firmly planted in the world of comics. Considering the fact we now live in a world flooded with comic-related films, one might think it a given that the new Fantastic Four franchise would do the same. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case.

Actress Kate Mara, who is currently set to play Sue Storm in director Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, recently revealed in an interview the new franchise may be unlike anything fans of the comic series have ever seen before.

“I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one,” Mara told Esquire Mexico in an interview presented by ComicBookMovie using Google Translate. “I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary. 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. So I chose to follow his instructions. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it’s very exciting to be part of a movie like this.”

Later in the interview, Mara claimed she did not feel intimidated taking on the role of such a beloved figure.

“I don’t feel more responsibility with this role that I’ve felt with others,” she told the reporter. “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. 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.”

Fantastic Four may not be The Avengers, but it’s still a property with a very large, very dedicated following. It will be interesting to see how fans react to these comments and what, if anything, Josh Trank has to say in response. I understand the desire to leave a unique mark with your comic book film, but it should still be based in the source material that countless thousands have supported for decades.

Trank’s Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015.

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