In a Q&A with Cinefilos, Michael B. Jordan opened up a bit about being cast as Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch, in the upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four. His casting raised a few eyebrows because it will be the first time that Storm has been portrayed as African-American. It's also lead to some folks scratching their heads since he's supposed to be the brother of Sue Storm, who'll be played by caucasian actress Kate Mara in the film. There was similar outrage when Laurence Fishburne was cast as Perry White in Man of Steel. However, it should be noted that the outcry has been nothing like what happened when Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman.
Responding to whether or not any of this bothers him, Jordan had this to say:
"It was expected. You kind of know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way. It’s a continuity thing more than anything. People don’t like change too much. But annoyed? Eh, just kind of accept it. It is what it is. You can’t make everybody happy. You just got to accept that and know. I’m an actor. I have to do my job. I’m going to do my job the best I can and the way I’ve been doing it my entire life, my entire career. I grew up a comic book guy. I read comic books as a kid growing up, and the Fantastic Four/Human Torch is one of my favorite characters so I’m going to give it my everything. I can’t wait. I don’t really let it bother me at all. I just kind of go into it and do the best job I can and walk away from it. We’ll see what happens[...] "
Having tackled the elephant in the room, Jordan then opened up about the lighter side of all this. The young, up-and-coming star thinks this is going to be a lot of fun:
"The Human Torch is, you know, that’s fun. That’s going to be a good time. That’s what everybody…to play a superhero? That’s dreams coming true. It’s not going to be hard. It’s going to be fun to kind of show a side of me that I don’t really get a chance to show on screen, to be a little bit lighter, funnier, just more personality. It’s going to be fun."
The video of this Q&A can be seen here:
Where do you stand on this? Does it matter to you? Is this an example of racial issues, or just simply a matter of fanboys being allergic to change? I'm inclined to say it's the latter. In other words, not much to see here. If the movie is good, everything will be fine. Moving on...