Summer's the season for blockbuster movie releases, which means spring is the time for blockbuster-movie trailers. And this spring, it seems leaked trailers are all the rage. Just last week, director Zack Snyder announced that a special screening for the trailer for the upcoming "Batman v Superman" film was to be held in Imax theaters around the US. Then, forcing the studio to release the official trailer earlier than it would have liked.
Now this Sunday, the trailer for the new "Fantastic Four" film was posted online a day earlier than its official release date. The trailer was leaked by a YouTube user going by the name of lioonelx. It's the only video posted by the user, who remains completely anonymous in his YouTube profile. If you were fast, you got to see it. If not, you had to wait until this morning -- 20th Century Fox had the leak pulled from YouTube yesterday and released it on its own site today.
Unlike the first trailer for the film, which was released in January, this one shows off a lot more of the powers possessed by the team of cosmic-ray-zapped adventurers.
There's the Invisible Woman (Kate Mara) blinking out of view on the exam table, Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller)'s arm stretching impossibly through a restraint and the Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan) burning up the screen in several scenes. Although we don't see much of the Thing (Jamie Bell) in action, we do catch him being "born" from a pile of rubble and dropped out of a bomb hatch like it's no big deal.
The trailer also gives a glimpse of the Four's longtime nemesis, Dr. Doom, who will be the main villain of the piece. As revealed earlier this year by Toby Kebbell, the actor who plays him, Doom won't be a Latverian gypsy as he was in the original comics, but rather a programmer who uses the name as his online handle.
"If you want to stop him," advises Fantastic father-in-law Franklin Storm, "it's going to take everything you have." It seems like the big movie houses could well take the same advice if they want to keep trailers from leaking.
"Fantastic Four," directed by Josh Trank, is slated for release in the US and UK on August 7, and in Australia August 6.
Update at 1:10 a.m. PT: The video has been officially released by 20th Century Fox.