Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Poster


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Originally, Nick Fury was going to be in this film, but he was written out of the script and replaced with General Hager. Fury would eventually appear in Iron Man (2008).
Originally Laurence Fishburne was keen to provide the voice for Galactus. He happily switched to the role of the Silver Surfer when it became clear that Galactus was not going to be represented in "human" form.
Jessica Alba wore a blonde wig because her hair had suffered from all the bleaching in the previous film.
The forest scenes were shot in the same forest as was used in the first three X-Men movies.
For Michael Chiklis's performance as the Thing, a new set of prosthetics were developed. These prosthetics were easier for Chiklis to wear, as they provided better ventilation and could be easily removed, in comparison to the previous film's prosthetics which required six hours to apply, were uncomfortable and could not be easily removed.
For most of the production, the filmmakers were not sure whether the Silver Surfer was going to have a voice or not.
Supporting character "Captain Frankie Raye" shares her name with comic-book super-hero Nova's alter ego. In the comic-books Frankie Raye was a love interest of Johnny Storm and, as Nova, succeeded the Silver Surfer as herald of Galactus.
Grossed $58 million on its opening weekend, $2 million more than its predecessor's opening.
Susan worries about having a son with all the public scrutiny. In the comics, Richard and Susan Storm had a son named Franklin Richards.
The Silver Surfer was created by Doug Jones wearing a prosthetic suit developed by Spectral Motion, and a new VFX program from Weta Digital which augmented the Surfer's reflective surface.
For this outing, some slight revisions were made to the make-up of The Thing, giving him a larger brow and broader shoulders. This brought the design more in line with the current comic book incarnation.
Was given a PG rating by the MPAA, the first Marvel film since Howard the Duck (1986) to earn this rating.
Reed's speech to General Hager about being a "good little nerd" is taken nearly verbatim from Ultimate Extinction #2 (in there, he was speaking to Nick Fury).
The studio hated Dr Doom's make-up so he remains hidden under a cowl in most of his early scenes.
Efforts were made to keep the Fantasticar under wraps and out of all the promotional material so that it would be a pleasant surprise for fans.
When The Torch falls into the sand in the Middle East and rolls over to his back, in close up shots you can see the "4" logo in the sand next to his head.
Djimon Hounsou, Gary Sinise and Timothy Olyphant all auditioned for the voice of Silver Surfer.
Andre Braugher turned down a supporting role in ER (1994) to take a part in this film.
As a way of the promoting the film, 20th Century Fox brokered a deal with the Franklin Mint to produce 40,000 US quarters with the Silver Surfer on the reverse. The US Mint vetoed this promotion.
Susan Storm's wedding dress is a custom made design by the German luxury fashion brand Escada.
For the scene in which Johnny and Ben switch powers and then switch back, Tim Story had debated whether it would be cruel to have Ben regain his human form only to lose it again just moments later.
The blades of the helicopter that nearly destroys Sue and Reed's wedding were created with CGI.
Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title "Broom Field".
In the original script, it was Reed's idea to have Johnny assume all the team's powers to fight Dr. Doom; and Johnny had to be talked into it. Tim Story later made it Johnny's idea, to make the scene Johnny's big moment and give Chris Evans a chance to really shine.
Jessica Alba, reacting to criticism about her performance in this film, said that the director, Tim Story, told her "It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica ... Don't do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in".
Jessica Alba stated in an interview, that she didn't want to do another "Fantastic Four" film. A 3rd installment was abandoned and instead, the franchise was reboot in 2015 and Kate Mara took over the role of Susan Storm.
WILHELM SCREAM: When the Army and the Fantastic Four first have an up close encounter with the silver surfer.
Tim Story wanted the Four's iconic laying-on of hands to serve a practical purpose in the film, not to be just a go-team gesture. Hence its use in the scene where Johnny assumes all of the team's powers in order to fight Dr. Doom and the Surfer's board.


Stan Lee:  as a guest who is refused entry to the Fantastic wedding. This is in keeping with the 1960s "Fantastic Four" comic, where at Reed Richards and Susan Storm's wedding, two characters, obviously representing writer Lee and artist/plotter Jack Kirby, are also not allowed to attend the wedding.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Although the film uses the premise that the Silver Surfer gets his powers from his board, this is clearly not the case in the comics. In the comics, the Surfer is able to fly on his own and use his full gamut of powers without the aid of his surfboard. He uses it, however, as it significantly decreases the energy required for flight.
According to Don Payne, the film was influenced by the Fantastic Four comic "The Galactus Trilogy" (Galactus and the Surfer approach Earth), "Fantastic 4" issues #57-60" (Dr Doom steals the Surfer's powers), and the "Ultimate Marvel" comic "Ultimate Extinction" (the name of Gah Lak Tus is used).
There's another hidden '4' in the scene where Johnny borrows the powers of all 3 of his teammates - look carefully at the rock lines on Ben Grimm's arm when they glow.
Tim Story once said that he would never have giant robots in any of his movies. In this film, Galactus, normally portrayed in the comics as something resembling a giant robot, is shown as a giant cloud. However, two hints to his physical appearance in the comic book are included in the film. Both the shadow on Saturn as he passes by it and the fiery mass within the cloud, resemble his signature helmet.
The Surfer speaks of "the one I love." This refers to Shalla-Bal, who (in the comics) was Norrin Radd's girlfriend before he became the Silver Surfer.
While the movie version of the Silver Surfer can raise the dead, as he does for Susan Storm, the comic book version does not have this power.

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