There's a brand new trailer in town for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and I must say it's pretty sweet. Don't be fooled by the fact that this one opens just like the teaser trailer that's been around for the last few months, with the Silver Surfer streaking toward Earth like a meteor; this baby's got a whole bunch of new stuff. There's the Fantasticar for starters, the FF's airborne transport, and I'm happy to report it looks nothing like the flying bathtub used in the first few issues of the comic. Not only do we get to see all four of our heroes displaying their powers, but The Thing and The Human Torch actually exchange abilities, much to the Torch's chagrin. We also see the Torch making eyes at a female military officer, who may be the Frankie Raye character I blogged about last October. There's lots more surfing with the alien this time too, and a better look at the global destruction the Silver Surfer causes. Check it out; you know you want to. The rest of us will wait.

I can't say I've ever been this jazzed up for a sequel to a film I didn't like. For my money, the last Fantastic Four flick had the characters spending too much time trying to cure themselves and not enough time being superheroes, but at least theygot the premise and the characters right, even if the story was weak. This leaves the sequel in a strong position to redeem the franchise. I was a big fan of the Fantastic Four comic book back in the 80s, and there's still enough comic-book geek in me to hope we've got a genuine blockbuster here. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer hits U.S. theaters on June 15.