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.

Is Michael B. Jordan our next Johnny Storm?
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 comes to theaters August 7th, 2015 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E. Cathey. The film is directed by Josh Trank.

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  1. test-0001

    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.

    2 years agoby @test-0001Flag

  2. Josh

    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.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  3. Replicant

    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.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  4. Brendon Truong

    @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....

    2 years agoby @Brendon-TruongFlag

  5. Corey W.

    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.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  6. K.Guy

    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.

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  7. Ezmobot

    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.

    2 years agoby @EzmobotFlag

  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

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

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  9. Erikajinx

    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

    2 years agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  10. Corey W.

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

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  11. Corey W.

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

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  12. skywise

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

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

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. Dan

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

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  14. The Real Goku

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

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

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

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  16. Dan

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

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  17. Brizzy

    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.

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  18. Dan

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

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  19. uncle rico

    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

    2 years agoby @unclerico12345Flag

  20. Scruffnutz89

    @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....

    2 years agoby @Scruffnutz89Flag

  21. Julian Tenshi

    Lets make the black panther white and see how well that goes over then ok. people always say its racist when its involving anything to do with white but never the other way around.

    2 years agoby @Julian-TenshiFlag

  22. Trangalanga10

    @fanboy I Agree. The hell with jordan, I want the real Johnny Storm, not this idiot.

    2 years agoby @Trangalanga10Flag

  23. CelluloidDreams

    Who the hell is Michael B. Jordan!?!??

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  24. Dan

    @fanboy lol. It'll be alright, son.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  25. Joshua Hollaway

    @fanboy The butthurt is strong with this one

    2 years agoby @Joshua-HollawayFlag

  26. fanboy

    If he's cast, then f*ck this movie! They need to be true to the comics and not make up stupid sh*t like changing races!

    2 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  27. supermanvenom

    I just don't think this movie will do good. They really have to stop changing crap from comics to movies.

    2 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  28. Kaagan

    personally i don't think anybody can play Johnny Storm better than Chris Evans did. That being said as a black person even I don't want to see the character played by a black person. It's not a race thing it's a "feel" thing. By that I mean I don't think it would feel right or fit right.....hell I'm still ticked they had Michael Clark-Duncan play the Kingpin (even though that Daredevil totally sucked, but that's besides the point) It just didn't translate well IMO

    2 years agoby @kaaganFlag

  29. LuxoIII

    @phatalphd@dan1 I don't think he was white at all and that he is projected as white to make him more "relateable" to many European and American believers, but calling it "Black Jesus" pretty much implies that he's of African descent, which is an opinion held by a very small number of people. He was born in the Middle East to a poor common family, so I would imagine he's just that, a dark-skinned Middle-Eastern, but by no means black as in African.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  30. Dan

    @phatalphd@brady1138 Just to add some fuel to the fire, Jesus would have been dark skinned. He was middle eastern, after all. Prob dark skinned with brown hair and brown eyes.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

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