Michael B. Jordan Addresses the Human Torch ‘Fantastic Four’ Casting Controversy

The ‘Chronicle’ actor says nothing is confirmed, but that he does fit the characteristics of Johnny Storm.
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Michael B. Jordan Addresses the Human Torch ‘Fantastic Four’ Casting Controversy

Is Michael B. Jordan our next Johnny Storm?Chronicle's Michael B. Jordan, who is winning raves in the critically acclaimed drama Fruitvale Station, recently confronted the controversy surrounding his possibly casting in Fantastic Four. Chronicle director Josh Trank wants to reunite with his former leading man on this reboot, but some fans are against the actor taking on the role of Johnny Storm because the character is white in the comic books.

Michael B. Jordan doesn't think the color of the character's skin should matter in this day and age.

"Things change and time goes on, it's 2013 right now. The characteristics of the Human Torch are his name is Johnny Storm, he's charismatic, and he's a playboy. That's it. You know what I'm saying? That's all there is."

Michael B. Jordan was quick to downplay the rumors that he's already been cast, though.

"That's not real yet. Everyone knows we're (director Josh Trank ) good friends. It's something that if it happened I would be ecstatic. I'd love to be a part of it."

Allison Williams is reported to be up for the role of Johnny's sister Sue Storm, aka The Invisible Girl. So far, no one has addressed the white sister/black brother issue that comes along with this casting, but many speculate that it will be easily resolved, as mixed families are nothing out of the ordinary. The debate rages on whether or not one fans inability to accept a character's changing skin tone is racist, or if they are simply bound by blood to the source material. Either way, they'll eventually have to accept the changes being made sooner than later.

Fantastic Four was released August 7th, 2015.

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  • test-0001 • 2 years ago

    Well, Nick Fury was originally a white character and has been revamped as a black character. Marvel is all about not sticking to the story and changing it for the future audience not the current fans, and look at their success rate. DC is trying the same thing by casting Perry White as a black character and Jimmy Olsen as a female character, time to accept the changes and enjoy the story.

    And everyone does remember that once upon a time that every actor in a Shakespeare play used to be a man, even the female characters, see how far the entertainment industry has come.

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    • shuabert • 2 years ago

      Why would you need half an hour of dialogue to explain that he's adopted? You would literally need one scene of him with his white family, or a throwaway line about him being adopted, and that would be enough. Are people really that ass-backwards culturally that adoption is a shocking thing? My dad's family has 2/3 adopted children (one who is a POC), and there was never any suggestion that they were less than part of the family.

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      • felipe-11 • 2 years ago

        I'm against it. Comic book characters are iconic and you can't just switch them to any race you want just to say "Oh it's 2013, get over it".

        Yes, I know the majority of all major comic book characters were created in a time of great racial discrimination, but that's why we have other great black heroes like Blade, Spawn, Black Panther, etc. and sh*t would get REAL ugly if one of em was changed to white just because "their personality fits".

        @therealGoku The way I see it, it worked for Nick Fury in part because he was a supporting character in the comic books not a main character and in part because Samuel L. Jackson is a legendary actor (also, I feel Michael Clark-Duncan worked well in Daredevil for the same reasons). The same can't be said for Johnny Storm who is an iconic main character nor Michael B. Jordan who I've only seen in one movie.

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        • Brendon-Truong • 2 years ago

          @corey i agree but i don't want them to spend a lot of time explaining why they have different skin tones, thats all, i don't want to go through half an hour of "we're adopted" "we're half siblings" and ect....

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          • corey • 2 years ago

            I don't see the big deal. As long as his personality matches the character (which it does) there shouldn't be a problem with his skin tone, plain and simple.

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            • kguy • 2 years ago

              Im black myself and I have to say.. this is a dumb adaptation idea. His personality does work, but not the appearance of the original character. When a comic book character's appearance is iconic.. you have to match it as it is. In Hunger Games, it says that Rue reminded Katniss of Prim... and I guess everyone knew she was white. But honestly, I thought Rue reminded her of Prim because of her personality. I don't remember that book mentioning color tones. Eragon did.

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              • Ezmobot • 2 years ago

                He's a great actor but based off his comments he does not know the character at all or seem like he thinks he should. Also I think for most people it has nothing to do with the fact that Michael is black, but it does have to do with the fact that Johnny storm is white. It is 2013 and we have come past this, so far now that its not even worth making an issue or a statement over race. So just leave the character as is.

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                • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                  @corey On the level of Hunger Games? Not likely, but it should have "good" or above

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                  • Erikajinx • 2 years ago

                    I don't care who plays him, I just want the silver surfer to come back. One of my favorite marvel character other than iron man

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                    • corey • 2 years ago

                      @bawnian-dexeus I'm sure this will have a good marketing campaign too.

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                      • corey • 2 years ago

                        He's a great actor and I think he'd embody Human Torch perfectly, just by how his character was on Friday Night Lights.

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                        • skywise • 2 years ago

                          theres more to Johnny Storm than just that Mr. Jordan....

                          He might share characteristics, but he doesn't get the character.

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                          • dan1 • 2 years ago

                            @bawnian-dexeus Doesn't bring down my point at all, it just clarifies that marketing is everything.

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                            • therealGoku • 2 years ago

                              @unclerico12345 I don't think they should change him either. But why is it ok for nick fury and not Johnny storm??

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                              • bawnian-dexeus • 2 years ago

                                @dan1 To be fair and not to bring down your point, it had one hell of a marketing campaign

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                                • dan1 • 2 years ago

                                  @unclerico12345 The Hunger Games release date: March 23rd, 2012. Box office: 691 million worldwide, 400+ of that in the states.

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                                  • Brizzy • 2 years ago

                                    Just because the character should have his intended etnicity doesn't make it racist, know what I mean? It's an iconic figure, changing it bodes badly for the fans, if anything. It's a slap in the face of every person that had grown up with the character and gotten to know it.

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                                    • dan1 • 2 years ago

                                      @Scruffnutz89 Which would make Spike Lee a hypocrite since his Oldboy remake is a white wash of asian characters itself.

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                                      • unclerico12345 • 2 years ago

                                        This movie is going to suck for a few reasons

                                        1. its coming out in March, and what comes out in March, movies the studio doesn't have high hopes for.

                                        2. Changing characters colors, i'm not racist and didn't care when they changed Nick Fury, but this is different, it will ruin character making him black and sue white.

                                        3. the orignal movies were pretty good, ok not the best but the people they had fit the roles, and the people they are eying are not good at all.

                                        4. i bet you $100 dollars the thing will be CGI sh*t, not a good suit like the originals

                                        5. They should of just left the series alone and adapt another comics or reboot a comic book movie like Daredevil

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                                        • Scruffnutz89 • 2 years ago

                                          @Julian-Tenshi yeah i deff agree with you....... im not racist by all meens (well to a extent) but i guarantee you that if we change the color of the black panther to white or have luke cage white or the falcon white or any other super hero that is black and we change the race of that character spike lee will be on every news headline saying that its racist....

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