A new movie based on Fantastic Four is currently in the works, and Zac Efron has been imagined as the Human Torch in some awesome new fan art. Created by BossLogic in collaboration with Lineage Studios, the artwork depicts Efron as he might appear as the next big screen version of Johnny Storm. Better yet, we get multiple images of Efron in the role, showing how he’d look as the character with and without the flames covering his entire body. You can take a look at the fan art below.
Turning up the heat, brought to you by me and the #lgx team creating @ZacEfron as the human torch but going a little beyond that creating a functional suit. We got a list of dream live action characters we want to tackle, be sure to stay tuned ❤️
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 19, 2019
Zac Efron began his acting career with starring roles in musicals like High School Musical and Hairspray, though he has since switched his focus to taking on more dramatic performances. Earlier this year, he starred as real-life serial killer Ted Bundy in the Netflix movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which earned him great critical praise. Efron has also appeared in a variety of other movies, but the actor has yet to take on the role of a superhero. It’s not terribly difficult to picture him as the Human Torch, and it seems it’s a matter of time before Efron appears in a comic book adaptation in one way or another.
As for the Human Torch, live-action versions of Johnny Storm have been featured on the big screen multiple times in the past. He was initially played by Captain America star Chris Evans in the original Fantastic Four movie, which was released in 2005; Evans would later reprise the role for the 2007 sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer. Director Josh Trank later rebooted the series with the 2015 movie Fantastic Four, which replaced Evans with Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch. Because of the movie’s failure at the box office, no sequels were produced and the character has yet to return to theaters. And let’s not forget that Jay Underwood, of The Boy Who Could Fly and Not Quite Human fame, played Johnny Storm in Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four, which has only ever been released via bootleg VHS and DVDs during comic conventions.
Still, with the movie rights to Fantastic Four now back at Marvel Studios, plans have already been put into motion to develop an all new big screen version of the foursome. Marvel head Kevin Feige has confirmed that the next Fantastic Four movie is in early development, and the idea is to finally bring the characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the project is still very early in its development stage, and though it’s not clear exactly when we can expect to see the movie, it’s likely going to be a bit of a wait with so many other MCU projects already lined up at Marvel Studios.
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt have also been imagined as a part of the MCU’s version of the Fantastic Four by way of fan art, and those appear to be interesting choices as well. In any case, until we hear about who’s been officially cast in these roles, all fans are going to do in the meantime is speculate about who might be the next team of actors to play the roles. The fan art shown above of Efron as Human Torch comes to us from BossLogic on Twitter.