The Cast of the Fantastic Four Talk About The Rise of of the Silver Surfer
The cast and crew of The Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer talk about bringing the comic book character to life on the silver screen. Read on:
The iconic comic book superhero the Silver Surfer was created by Marvel’s Stan Lee and Jack Kirby way back in 1966, first appearing in Fantastic Four #48. The Surfer became an instant fan favorite and was soon given his own spin-off. The character has enjoyed sustained appeal over the past several decades, appearing in numerous comic series, graphic novels, TV iterations, and videogames. Now, the Surfer is getting set to make his film debut when Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer hits the big screen on June 15.
IGN recently visited the film’s set in Vancouver and talked with the cast and crew about bringing the classic comic character to the big screen, and what the future might hold for the Surfer.
“You’ve always gotta go back to the comics,” says screenwriter Don Payne. “We’re pulling from Fantastic Four #48-50. We’re also doing #57-60, which is, I believe, the Doctor Doom/Silver Surfer story. And some moments from Ultimate Extinction as well — there are a couple things borrowed from there. And some new stuff all kind of thrown in.”
“I just saw a documentary where Jack Kirby referred to the Silver Surfer as a fallen angel and I think that’s a good analogy,” says Payne. “I think he’s one of the most complicated characters in comic book history, maybe the most complicated, because he’s done this amazing selfless act by saving his own planet and giving up the woman he loves to save her life and yet he’s become part of horrible genocide on a cosmic scale and there’s a moral ambiguity there. He’s a noble creature who’s got a Zen-like detachment from his actions and ultimately starts to become human again. Although he’s not human.”
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