When Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch) in Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four reboot, many a fan balked due to the color of his skin, claiming this was not a true representation of the Marvel character. The news has been confirmed for a while now, and it's been rather quiet in terms of whether or not audiences will accept this new interpretation of the Human Torch. Speaking with The Source, the actor hints that the color of Johnny's skin may not be the only thing that has changed.
Michael B. Jordan, who won raves for his performance in Fruitvale Station, but may be best remembered for his role as Haddie Braverman's boyfriend on Parenthood, had this to say about taking on such an iconic Marvel character.
"It's been a lot of fun. Johnny Storm is such an iconic character. There's a lot of personality traits and things to him that people are really going to look forward to seeing. Got a lot of original Johnny stuff in there and then you have - not a NEW take but a fresh take. We have a different take on different things as well. I could go on and on about it but I think it's something that people will enjoy."
He then revealed that Captain America himself, Chris Evans, who played Johnny Storm in the 2005 Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, had some great advice, which was no advice. The long-entrenched Marvel actor told Michael B. Jordan to just be himself and play the role only as he saw fit to play it.
"I did get a chance to talk to Chris Evans about it, I met him at this event and he was basically like, 'Man I can't give you anything.' He said, 'You're great, you're awesome. Just do your thing. And enjoy it. It's gonna be fun.' That was just a really cool piece of information, words of encouragement from the guy who killed the role. He really did a really great job and hats off to him with how talented he is cause he's doing an amazing job with 'Captain America.' I really enjoy those films as well so that's kind of pretty much where that was."
About finally winning the role, Michael B. Jordan revealed that it wasn't always a done deal, but his casting has been in place for quite some time:
"Oh man! A huge relief. It was like...walking around knowing that for like a year since me and Josh Trank, we talked about this when he first got the job. It's something that we tried to make happen. We knew we had a lot of obstacles in the way and a lot of mountains to move but, you know, for whatever reason things just fell into place and ... Fox believed in the situation and believed in me and yeah, we got it done. So that's definitely something that me and Josh Trank celebrated at the wrap. We were just like we did it."
What about you? Have your thoughts on Michael B. Jordan playing the Human Torch changed since he first took on the role?