*I originally wrote this on Screened like all my others.
Marvel has never really had much success with the Fantastic Four outside of the comics. They've had a few animated series over the years and three films; two of which were pretty awful and one of which I really still love. The Fantastic Four are a bit different from The Avengers and the X-Men because they're a family and that's pretty much a central theme of their comics (or at least that's what I get from them).
The Fantastic Four were created in 1963 by Stan Lee because DC was having so much success with their Justice League of America comic. Flash forward several years later and you have the Fantastic Four appearing in animation on TV in a series called Fantastic 4. Then flash forward to the 70's and they have yet another animated show, then again in the 90's, and in the 2000's the Fantastic Four's popularity has gone up due to 2005's big budget adaptation Fantastic Four and its' sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer. Both films were pretty successful but widely hated among fans and film critics. Then their popularity surged again when in April 2011, The Death of Johnny Storm happened and a media circus ensued even though comic book deaths never last and Marvel indicated his wouldn't last. So the Fantastic Four disbanded and became the Future Foundation with Spider-Man and Doctor Doom on the team instead.
I would love to say Brad Bird but he's already made his own version of the Fantastic Four called The Incredibles and I want him to make a movie based on The Flash so instead I go with director Bryan Singer. You may say why Bryan Singer? I say well because I fell Singer could bring so much to The Fantastic Four and for once maybe make them the slightest bit interesting.
If were to bring more politics and science into the story like he did with the X-Men, I have no doubt that the Fantastic Four movie could be good. What I exactly mean by politics is like what he did in X-2 but with the Fantastic Four also having to deal with a resentment towards metahumans or superheroes.
20th Century Fox though is looking at Director Josh Trank as they've apparently been really impressed with his film Chronicle. For some reason ComicVine decides that's news 18 days after that news came out.
|For Reed Richards, I think there is no better choice for the role than Don Draper himself Jon Hamm. I'd love to see Jon Hamm play Superman but that will never happen and I think he'd be a pretty darn good Doctor Strange as well but there are other actors that are good for the role. So the only other comic book character he could play and has a very good chance at playing is Reed Richards. If not Jon Hamm then the only other choice I have is Adrien Brody.|
Like Doctor Strange, Reed Richards isn't a young guy and shouldn't be played by anyone under 35. Unlike DC who seems to have problems with casting middle aged actors as superheroes, Marvel has plenty of heroes that are played by actors in their 40's. They've got Tony Stark (RDJ), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Bruce Banner, Nick Fury, and whoever plays Doctor Strange.
|After recently rewatching TRON: Legacy, I came to the conclusion that Johnny Storm could be played by Garrett Hedlund. Hedlund is on mine and many comic book fans' radars for the role of Zoom for well...I don't know why, he just seems like he could play him.|
|When looking up fan casts for the Fantastic Four reboot to try and get an idea of who I'd like to play The Thing, I stumbled upon an actor whom I never would have thought in a million years could play him. I'm talking about Vin Diesel. I don't know if he's open to doing motion capture work because it would be a lot easier than creating The Thing the fashioned way. If he doesn't want to do motion capture stuff, then I suggest Andy Serkis be asked, because if there's anyone who could play The Thing via motion capture, it'd be him.|
|It's difficult to explain why but I think Summer Glau should play Sue Storm. I particularly remember her from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and everyone else on that show was completely forgettable|
|I seem to be the only one who wants a European actor to play Doctor Doom for some reason. I don't understand why nobody has though of the actor I have but that could be for any number of reasons. I'm actually talking about Mads Mikkelsen of Casino Royale fame. If you want to see another movie that really showcases Mads Mikkelsen's talent, I suggest 2008's Flame & Citron.|