Chris Evans Not Returning for 'Fantastic Four' Reboot

As a clear sign that 20th Century Fox will be heading in a new direction with an entirely new cast for their upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, Chris Evans – who played Johnny Storm in the two earlier FF movies – told a group of journalists that he probably won't be joining the cast of this latest reboot because, well, it's a reboot.

Says Evans (to Cinematical): ""I don't think I'm going to be involved in it. I would imagine a reboot would be -- a reboot! I think they're going to start from scratch and that's the way those movies go. I mean, they're doing it with Red Dawn too. Sometimes they happen quicker than others. Batman there was a big chunk of time, and the new Batman movies are fantastic. Superman, Incredible Hulk. Sometimes it's a big gap, sometimes there's a small gap. If there's room to reinvent a franchise in a different tone and they can make a good film out of it, so be it. I'm not going to have anything negative to say about it."
It's unfortunate, too, because in my opinion Evans was the best part of that franchise – and while fans criticized both Fantastic Four films as not being dark enough or cool enough or whatever enough, I kinda thought it was nice to have a superhero franchise that was catered more toward a younger audience. Could it have had a better cast? Sure. Jessica Alba in anything spells trouble – but I'm not even sure where they'd start when recruiting a new set of FF heroes. Do they tap into some of the up-and-coming talent coming out of the Twilight series of films?
What do you think? Are you upset Evans won't be returning? And who would you choose to star in the new Fantastic Four?
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