This kind of shit is regrettably inevitable. The internet gives everybody a voice and, as often lamented, sometimes that voice spouts hateful, dumb, brain-garbage. Michael B. Jordan is a young, handsome, charismatic actor – a profile which, if this were a sane world, would make him a perfect fit for the role of Johnny Storm (AKA The Human Torch) in director Josh Trank’s forthcoming Fantastic Four. That is, apparently, if he was white.
Since that’s how the character was originally drawn in the comics, there are those who find it inconceivable that a black actor can play the part. These are the same mouth-breathers who cried foul when Idris Elba was cast as Heimdall in Thor; who threw at collective shit-fit at the internet campaign to cast Donald Glover as Peter Parker in the Spider-Man reboot; they are and always will be there, defending their stance with claims of unfaithfulness to the source material and other such empty(headed) assertions, when really there can be no doubt about what it actually is: ‘Dude, that’s racist.’
Now his casting is confirmed, Jordan has spoken openly about the situation and responded with nothing less than absolute class. I fucking love this guy, and you should too:
“It was expected. You kinda 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, you just kinda accept it, it is what it is. You can’t make everybody happy. You just gotta 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 want to go into it and do the best job I can. We’ll see what happens.”
This honest, realistic and genuine response to Internet Shitheadedness proves he’s got a good head on his shoulders to go with the talent that blew me away in Trank’s previous foray into superhero territory (the impressive and original Chronicle). I genuinely can’t wait to see what kind of heat he’ll bring to the Human Torch.
Read the original article on Fantastic Four casting here: https://bashboompow.com/2014/02/20/billy-elliot-is-the-thing-meet-the-new-fantastic-four/