"The tone of this film is completely different," stresses the new Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic to Vulture when comparing this to Fantastic Four (2005) and its sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer (2007). "I think that [a more grounded approach] is what people are into. You're dealing with these characters, but you're making them real people in how they exist day-to-day. People wanted it to be taken more seriously than the kind of Dick Tracy, kitschy, overly comic-book world." There will be no "Michael Chiklis in a big Styrofoam thing", Teller says.
"It's a big summer," he points out of the superhero superhighway that is summer 2015. "There's a tonne of movies out there, so if people have an appetite for it, they'll see a couple, and if not, maybe they'll just see one."
Fantastic Four will certainly vie with some big tentpoles for that audience – the films opening weekend sets it against Magic Mike XXL, a comparative minnow in that particular pond, but Ant-Man, Terminator: Genisys and Jurassic World will all arrive in multiplexes within a month of its release.
Currently in post-production, The Fantastic Four also stars Jamie Bell (The Adventures Of Tintin), Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle), Kate Mara (127 Hours), Toby Kebbell (War Horse), Tim Blake Nelson (Lincoln) and Reg E. Cathey (The Machinist), and is set for a release on 18 June next year.