CHRONICLE Star Michael B. Jordan Eyed to Play Human Torch in Josh Trank’s FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot

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The casting machine is starting to gear up for Josh Trank‘s upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four.  Yesterday, we reported that Girls star Allison Williams was on the short list to presumably play Sue Storm/Invisible Woman in the film.  Today, we have even more exciting Fantastic Four news as The Wrap is reporting that Michael B. Jordan is being considered for the role of Johnny Storm/Human Torch.  Jordan previously played a super-powered individual in Trank’s Chronicle, and the actor has received rave notices for his heartbreaking performance in the award-winning film, Fruitvale (now titled “Fruitvale Station“).

Hit the jump for more. Fantastic Four is set to open on March 6, 2015.

michael-b-jordanAccording to The Wrap, “Jordan has had multiple meetings at Fox within the last week,” and his “chances depend on whether or not he has chemistry with the other actors up for the highly-anticipated movie, according to one insider.”  As I wrote back in March when reporting about the Forest Whitaker-produced Richard Pryor biopic, Jordan is on the verge of breaking through, and his asking price could rise if Fruitvale Station finds the same kind success with mainstream audiences as it found at Sundance.  It would still probably be something affordable for a blockbuster feature like Fantastic Four, but what the studio wants is moderate visibility without breaking the bank, especially when there are four leads.

Of course, the real noteworthy item here is that Jordan is black and in the comics Johnny Storm is white.  This fact will undoubtedly infuriate geeks who are racist and/or horribly OCD.  There’s nothing in the comics that forces the character to be white (the Fantastic Four have been around for over 50 years, but I don’t think his origin has ever been retconned to bringing him over on the Mayflower).  Furthermore, while Johnny and Sue are siblings, the world wouldn’t end if one was adopted or they were half-siblings or if (gasp) Fox decides to cast a black actress to play Sue Storm instead of Allison Williams.  The studio may ultimately decide to play it safe and cast a white actor for Human Torch, and obviously the role should go to whoever is best at the part.  But as we’ve seen with Chronicle and Sundance audiences have seen with Fruitvale, Jordan should be more than up to the task, and the only question should be how well he’ll play off the other actors.

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  • Darrin

    just say sue and johnny were step brother / step sister, or they were orphans that we adopted by some couple, easy fix

    • Anonymous

      I know, I’m in, I like how some people here try to convince themselves they’re not racist.

      • DREDD

        I know right! I heard that Jacky Chan has been cast as BLACK PANTHER, and Jimmy Smitts is the new LUKE CAGE, Wesley Snipes will be SUPERMAN in the Man of Steel reboot. Nothing wrong with any of that though, its only comics, so who cares right?

      • Goop

        I love how this dude DREDD thinks that he’s just proven a point. Hahahaha!

      • Ok

        Yeah! Who gives a crap about color? The flame should be blue!

    • Kostas

      Then just make it as they re REAL BROTHERS but for some unknown reason one is BLACK.

      SERIOUSLY ? WTF ? STOP CHANGING CHARACTERS RACE. THERE IS NOTHING RACIST ABOUT IT. THE HUMAN TORCH IS WHITE. FFS LET HIM BE WHITE. RACISM HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT.

      P.S. I wonder whats next a black Superman ffs ?! or even better a white Black Panther !!!!! SERIOUSLY WTF

      • James Collinge

        1) Being the hereditary king of Wakanda is a huge part of who the Black Panther is as a character, you can’t change it without drastically altering the character. No FF story has ever made a big deal out of the fact that Johnny, Sue and Reed were born to white American families, it’s about as important to their origins and personalities as their hair / eye color.

        2) Being black instead of white would change Superman as a concept how exactly?

  • Sean B

    Ths is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. And i like this kid ver since he was on Friday Night Lights, but this is just sheer stupidity on the part of the studio. Looks like the reboot will be just as shitty as the originals

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  • Pragmator

    No. No, no, no. NO! Uh-uh. Nope. No. HELL NO! no.

    Let’s ease up on the PC train here. Johnny Storm being portrayed by a black actor would require a rewrite of TWO characters. WHY? I gave Marvel a pass on Samuel L. Jackson as Ultimates Nick Fury. But this is completely unnecessary.

    • Alan B

      Why would it require a rewrite? No seriously, how is the characters’ ethnicities important to who the characters are what they represent?

      Typical fanboy bullshit!

      • Sykora

        Because Johnny and Sue are supposed to be brother and sister (fraternal twins, if I remember correctly). So they both sort of need to be of the same ethnic makeup, unless you want to throw some serious genetic issues in there

      • Alan B

        Err, why can’t Johnny and Sue BOTH BE AFRICAN AMERICAN? Why would anyone need to write the fact that they’re black? The ‘Girls’ actress is one of the actresses on the list, and it seems like the Jordan casting is more serious, considering that the team is having multiple meetings with the actor, so why wouldn’t the team cast two African American actors as brother and sister? Problem solved.

      • Greatwhitehype

        So if these two characters were black for the last 50 years and some studio all of a sudden decided to make them white, you don’t think there would be an uproar from the black community? Why does there seem to be a double standard when it comes to these issues? Most black comic characters are defined by their ethnicity and the struggles that can go along with it(racism, segregation, etc). Does this not also apply to white comic characters? It’s not just the super powers that define these heroes and who they are. It’s not that simple. If Sue and Johnny Storm were Jewish, would you still be arguing against the changing of their skin color? Why does historical tragedy seem to be the deciding factor of this issue?

      • Alan B

        “you don’t think there would be an uproar from the black community? Why does there seem to be a double standard when it comes to these issues?”

        http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RaceLift

        TYPE 2

      • Greatwhitehype

        That was a very informative article but I don’t think it answered the latter part of my query. If these characters were Jewish like Magneto would you still be arguing that their skin color could be changed? It just seems to me that the reasoning is that every white characters ethnicity holds no importance without historical tragedy and can be swapped out. While every black characters ethnicity is important because of historical tragedy and can’t be swapped out. This is indeed a complex issue but we can’t go around calling people bigots and racists because they want to see the Fantastic Four they’ve grown up with for their whole lives. These are all fictional characters but when they are attached to real historical events things seem to get dicey.

      • Alan B

        I do not want to address your point about historical events because it MAKES NO SENSE. Stan Lee and his team never defined the Fantastic Four as derived from any specific culture, so your attempts to lump historical “tragedy” of ALL white people into a singular narrative has ZERO CULTURAL basis: is this tragedy derived from the Titanic? Wall Street crashes? the great plagues of the middle ages? Every single bad thing that has ever happened ever? There is no context for what you have described. It’s not a complicated issue and your attempts to make it seem complicated make me embarrassed for you.

      • Greatwhitehype

        The historical events argument does make sense. You just don’t want address it because you can’t. I understand that the Fantastic Four’s ethnicities don’t play a major part of who they are but what if they were Jewish? Its a what if scenario. You wouldn’t be arguing for the color change then because you might be accused of being anti Semitic. You’re obviously passionate or over sensitive about this issue based on the multiple comments your leaving. The mistake your making is that all these fanboys your attacking, would be arguing against turning these same characters white, if they had been black for the last 50 years. It has nothing to do with racism. That’s what’s embarrassing about your self righteous little crusade. When you ask someone to describe Sue Storm what do 100% of people say. Blonde white girl with blue eyes. It’s been a fact for the last 50 years.

      • Alan B

        Nah, I am not “sensitive”. I just HATE idiocy. I also make many comments criticizing Matt Goldberg’s “humor”. I don’t care if someone is left-wing, right-wing, socialist or a horse, if they are espousing hatefully stupid sentiment, then I want to criticize it. And if that is your attempt to pass the buck, then try again. The context of the Fantastic Four being white (or heroes pre-Civil Rights), is that social expectations demanded that the characters were white. Comic writer Kevin Sutherland said “when you look at the shelves and see half the titles on sale are characters like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man – dammit, these characters weren’t even allowed to be Jewish like their creators, let alone be black.” I would have hoped that this might have changed, but apparently the idea of a Johnny Storm played by a – shudder – African American actor is TOO FAR. As for your other comment, well Judaism is a religion, not a race, so I don’t understand why an African American can’t be Jewish, on screen or off.

      • Greatwhitehype

        You said “How are these characters ethnicities important to who they are and what they represent?”.   You are correct that I was using Religion in the place of ethnicity but the principle is similar.  Let’s flip the script.  These characters have been black for the last 50 years  and I use your quote.  Their being black holds zero cultural basis to who they are, let’s make them white.  People would accuse me of being racist.  They would say that the Fantastic Four, because they were black had to deal with segregation in the 60′s and 70′s,  Sue and Reed had to deal with the taboo of a mixed relationship and children in the 80′s, and that Sue Was the precursor for the first black woman going into space.  Therefore its wrong and you can’t change them.  Do you see my point yet? Almost every black comic character carries the weight of their races recent history so changing their color is wrong.  But this doesn’t hold true for most white characters.  Maybe the Fantastic Four ethnicities aren’t important to who they are and what they represent but if they were black it would.  Do you see the historical point yet?  Anyway thanks for letting me play the devils advocate. It’s been interesting to say the least and I wish you all the best.

  • Anthony

    I love Michael B Jordan but at the end of the day if there were a black comic book character that was being adapted, I would be really mad if they got a white actor to play him, so I don’t think it should go the other way because that wouldn’t be fair of me. A black Human Torch wouldn’t bother me but I can’t judge someone else if it bothered them.

    • Andrew

      Get mad at the TDKR because of bane…..get mad at iron man 2 & avengers because of black widow.

      • Anthony

        I’m not mad about Bane because I’m not hispanic so it doesn’t upset me but I understand if it does for you and Black widow is white… as is Scarlett Johansson

      • ScottX

        Black Widow is Russian… just as Scarlett Johansson.

      • Ok

        Bane would have been a lot cooler in Dark Knight Rises if he grew up in Peña Dora! Because film franchises are typically started with an end goal they typically adapt characters to fit a mold. Johnny being black would need more explanation, or leave fans empty without a traditional look of Sue Storm (even Jessica Alba couldn’t cut it). I can’t believe there is not actors who fit the look of the original art that can pull off the role, but maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this guy needs to play Johnny. Color shouldn’t matter anywho, whether ethnicity plays a role is up to the writers. Trank should do what he thinks is best because it’s in his hands now. Besides Fox will never be recognized as making a traditional Marvel film because they are not Marvel Studios. If they want to be really bold, they should make the flame blue.

  • the bug

    Before you guys get all “this is PC bull-ish”, where were you when a white man was cast as the South American Bane in Dark Knight Rises?

    • eternalozzie

      That Bane character simply was something Nolan pulled out of his butt … the mask was the only thing similar between the Banes (Fake Nolan Bane and Bane from the comics) ….

      If it’s written alright I for one don’t care if they hire Michael … he is a good actor

      comic “purists” even sounds racist ;)

      • Johnson

        are you retarded or something

    • Agent777

      Hispanic implies some European ancestry.

      • Reggie

        Whatever dude even on the animated series he sounded just like Antonio Banderas.

    • Guy Smiley

      Well, I thought TDKR was shit, as did quite a few people, and Bane was just one reason why it sucked. So, yeah, some of us were here.

  • Nmaster

    There seems to be a lot of anger guided by fear (hint ‘RACISM’), directed 2 this RUMOR…

    Who cares what race the actors are so long as their ethnicity (you can have people of the same race who are of two completely different cultures, traditions and beliefs – white jews/italians) or better yet there performances, matches the characters bio – altho to be fair a blond, arrogant, pretty boy johnny storm to black, arrogant, full of himself johnny storm would be a departure…

    Hold on to your panties. Trank seems good and jordan is picking up steam for his fruitvale performance – film cud be good??

    • Joey

      Fear of what? It’s so silly when people say it’s fear of another race…

  • atomik86

    well, hell, ppl… guess that means i should start a petition for brad pitt to play black panther and tom cruise as luke cage. oh & i want kate beckinsale as storm.

    • Grayden

      Beckinsale as Storm is better than Berry. Anyone is better than Berry.

      • Johnson

        please keep your retarded comments to yourself, if you don’t like her, that’s your own problem

    • Alan B

      “i want kate beckinsale as storm.”

      That’s because you’re a fanboy who doesn’t understand casting. You would prefer to cast someone who looks hot rather than can act the part, and your only response to the Jordan rumor is a pair of ludicrous extremes. Who cares what you think?

      • Trapsbrah

        lmao implying Halle Berry have been a good actress lately.

        Please go back to reddit, you pleb.

      • Alan B

        “lmao implying Halle Berry have been a good actress lately.”

        No I am not. You don’t understand what I have written. This isn’t a choice between Berry and Beckinsale: that is a false dichotomy. Please don’t respond to my posts until you do understand.

    • Alan B

      ”well, hell, ppl… guess that means i should start a petition for brad pitt to play black panther and tom cruise as luke cage.”

      Oh, and how come this is THE ONLY FANBOY RESPONSE? Some characters are defined by their ethnicity more than other characters – which is FUCKING TRUE – yet the response is always, “well, now we need to cast Robert Redford as Malcolm X and Gary Oldman as Black Panther and Dakota Fanning as Luke Cage, blah, blah, blah …” It’s always the same, yet some people are proud to have their complete and other lack ignorance posted on the internet.

      • Littertray

        True some characters are defined by their ethnicity, can’t argue with that. I think what annoys people are when characters that have been known for years as being of one ethnicity are swapped for another. Unfortunatly though it seems that the ethnicity change only seems to go one way most of the time.

      • Alan B

        “Unfortunatly though it seems that the ethnicity change only seems to go one way most of the time.”

        White people problems, eh? Check out TYPE 2 of http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RaceLift

  • Nate G

    I really hope FOX isnt making Johnny Storm black because Johnny tends to act (when written poorly) like a “Playa”…..

  • Jon

    I like it! Talented young actor I have enjoyed on many shows. Feels right for the character. Looking forward to it!

  • Bob

    Not a good idea imo. And of course since i dont think its a good idea Im all of a sudden a racist. Yup anybody that doesnt like this watch out; the race card is gonna be pulled out right away. This is just a dumb idea. Is he black in the comics. No. Is he black in the cartoon. No. So why make him black? Why? It just doesnt make sense. And to people saying cause hes black that doesnt change his character well your just wrong. Do you think luke cage would be the same if he was white? No cause his charcter would look like a wanabe idiot. Also people are like oh just make them step brother and sister. No. Why do that when you can just get a white actor and not fuck with their origin? Why? Its just dumb. Actors like Dave Franco or Chris Pine would be perfect for the role.

  • Agent777

    Well I guess it’s ok to role over and let whites play Asian characters left right and center, like Mandarin.
    Someone created a character. We like the character that was created. If I see Luke Cage in something, he better be black. If it’s the Mandarin, he better be Asian. If it’s the Fantastic Four they better be white (and orange). The racist thing is doing weird little casting things like “It would be racist to give the Mandarin to a Chinese actor because, uh, because uh… Fu Manchu and stuff. So will just take the role from a Asian actor and… yeah will give it to a British Knight who is in f*(king every tent pole movie. Racism averted! High five.” It’s stupid. there is no good reason behind it.
    Just like Colossus should be Russian and Howard the Duck is ‘f*&king’ duck, no one is a racist for being a fan of something that some idiot in Hollywood starts tweaking around with for no good reason. Seriously, who is the racist? It’s the guy in Hollywood who is saying “Well let’s make it a black guy, those blacks are hip and cool with the kids today, right?”
    The fans who go “Wow hold on, that’s not the right casting” would say the same thing if a black character was changed to a white character, so basically, the your defining racism as people being disappointing with some studios casting. So you don’t know what racism means. Racism would be saying “Only whites can be used as actors because they are superior to all other races.” That’s racism. Racism is a real serious ass issue, not something that has anything to do with miscasting a fictional film based on a fictional comic book.
    Hollywood has a very long history of racism, so worry about them. Not the fans.

    • Jesus

      Sir Ben Kingsley is actually of Indian descent and thus, technically, Asian.

      • Agent777

        So Russians are Asian? India is also a sub-continemt. India is pretty well cut off from China and Japan by the Himalaya.

    • spartacus

      spot on….one of the only comments on here that makes sense to me.

    • Anonymous

      You said it yourself that’s Sir Ben Kingsley you’re talking about, man is GREAT in ANYTHING, I already imagine you back in the 80′s pissed off at him nailing the Gandhi part. Some actors are so brilliant they’re above race issues like yours.

      • Agent777

        Dude not the point. You do know every Asian character was played by white people from the birth of film too… well it never really stopped. So the point is why not get a Asian actor for once. The only good thing to come out of The Last Samurai was Ken Watanabe, who the filmmakers found by *gasp* FINDING A JAPANESE GUY TO PLAY A JAPANESE GUY! Wow amazing, and they could of had Keanu Reeves.

        Besides I love Ben Kingsly, and he’s part Indian. Thus your point about him playing Gandhi… you proved my point. They did find a actor of Indian decent to play him and it’s a classic performance.

    • kevo42

      Your argument is interesting but the mandarin in the movie has nothing to do with the mandarin in the comic book. So I can’t say if it’s racist or not to have a white man playing the mandarin, because the mandarin is not in Iron man 3. And if we do the parallel with this news, that would mean that Johnny Storm would be totally different if he was played by Michael B. Jordan.

      Anyway, whatever choice they make, it can’t be worse than the first two movies.

      • Agent777

        Well, they have been talking about it since the first film. They see Mandarin as a racist character. He not but that’s how they see it. They remember the old movies with Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, etc. as Chinese, and they themselves have put Mandarin into the same mold. To avoid the problem of a white guy playing a Chinese, they made the character Middle Eastern, because that’s who we hate now, and it’s ok to hate them. They also acknowledge THEY think it’s racist, but by doing that they are perpetuating the cycle of “white people can play Chinese, but it’s racist, so we just don’t have any Chinese characters” It’s very confusing. But I see it as the “fix” doesn’t solve the problem. The solution is, cast Chinese actors in the role, and make up for the mistakes of the past, not deny Chinese actors the roles, because a bunch of British, Swedish and German actors played them in the 30′s.

  • blkyank

    Wouldn’t it suck if they recast black characters with those of other races? That was already done
    on BSG with Col Tigh and Boomer.Yeah,I remember the riots that broke out over that.

  • blkyank

    Hope he has a good interview but doesn’t get the job.WB and Zack Snyder should scoop this kid up as Cyborg in Justice League.

  • tinypony

    Nicely done, Goldberg, for once I agree with your whole article.
    You know why it’s OK to change races for comic book characters? Because we don’t watch comic book movies for the character’s personal history. We want to see Johnny Storm because hell yeah, he catches on a full-body fire, can fly, and shoot flames! Race doesn’t matter because what we really want to see is the burning red and yellow guy, not the white/black guy.
    Now, Hollywood would never dream of a white Nelson Mandela, or a black Abraham Lincoln, because their races are inextricable from their character, it’d never work on screen.

    Also, I saw a hilarious movie called Blacula the other day. Totally worked.

  • tarek

    Stop fighting boys. We will bring a black albinos for this role.

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  • Alan B

    It’s clear from some – not all, but some – of these comments that we DESERVE Matt Goldberg. His arrogance, ineptitude and overall ignorance about the film medium is a righteous punishment for our sins. We also deserve to have Sam Worthington as a star. And Frosty’s ‘David Fincher vs. Clint Eastwood’ question. As Cercei says in ‘Game of Thrones’, “Sometimes I wonder if this is the price, for what we’ve done, for our sins.”

  • tinypony

    It amazes me that even though supposedly racist Hollywood is going “He’s a great actor, let’s cast him. Forget about race”, the fanboys are unhappy. Thought it’d be the other way around.

    • Alan B

      Maybe this is just my nostalgic view, but 10-15 years ago it seemed as if fanboys were interested in who was the BEST PERSON for the job and wanted an actor to EMBODY THE PERSONALITY of the character. Now they either vote with their crotches (Kate Beckinsale for ANYTHING) or just choose the most boring, inane actors (Billy Zane as Lex) that show why they’re not making films … or allowed near a film set. It’s a disturbing mixture of unresolved, sexually-obsessed adolescence and an childish view of race and social issues (that shows a complete lack of life experience) that makes some forums a grotesquerie. Not all (or even most) fanboys are like this, but there is a vocal minority that believes that their infantile understanding of character and story is something to be proud of … it really isn’t.

      • tinypony

        I could not agree more.

      • tarek

        Kate Beckinsale is a 1 dimensional actress. Reminds me of Angelina Jolie.

      • Nmaster

        @ Alan B – agree with most of the points you’ve made – a truly great comic book can defy genre and other petty limitations. At the end of the day a great story (well told, mind you!), shud be more than enuf…

        Still lol! u cant bring ‘back in the old days’ into an argument. example of fanboy’ism – 1989 Batman – people were not happy about little ol’ michael keaton playing the dark knight..

        At the end of the day appearances appear to be more important in casting, marketing and getting ppl in2 seats

      • Alan B

        “Still lol! u cant bring ‘back in the old days’ into an argument. example of fanboy’ism – 1989 Batman – people were not happy about little ol’ michael keaton playing the dark knight.. ”

        Hence why I wrote “maybe this is just my nostalgic view”.

  • Mark

    I propose Ru Paul as Sue Storm. And Ken Jeong for the rol of Reed Richards. Welcome to the next Benetton TV spot!

    • Alan B

      I posted this above, but the responce slots right in here: ‘Oh, and how come this is THE ONLY FANBOY RESPONSE? Some characters are defined by their ethnicity more than other characters – which is FUCKING TRUE – yet the response is always, “well, now we need to cast Robert Redford as Malcolm X and Gary Oldman as Black Panther and Dakota Fanning as Luke Cage, blah, blah, blah …”’

  • Stormin

    Its FOX more so than Marvel that seems to like changing up the FF. Maybe a boycott will force Fox to give the rights back to Marvel so they can bring us the real COMIC BOOK FF!

  • Ash Talon

    I’m not worried about casting for this film. I would just rather have this property back at Marvel and not at Fox. I’m hoping that it falls apart, and Marvel can recoup the rights. Since Elektra was in 2005 and Marvel just got the rights (Daredevil and related characters) back, I’m assuming the FF rights would revert to Marvel in 2 years (FF2 came out in 2007).

    My desire for this project doesn’t have to do with racial casting. It has to do with my desire to see the FF back at Marvel and wanting to see them interact with the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  • Andrew

    Anthony you’re a hypocrite then

  • Renee

    The thing that Hollywood does not understand and may people that are not comic fans is that these character hold a special place in nerd, and comic book readers. We’ve been reading about these characters for years and for them to be changed is not something real fans can take lightly. For this article to say that “infuriate geeks who are racist and/or horribly OCD” will not approve is wrong and low to say. If they changed Capitan America to a female and we disagree that doesn’t make us sexist or make Wolverine gay homophobic, to make those changes is to discredit decades and history of comics and the characters.

    • Alan B

      So you think a “gay homophobic” Wolverine is the same thing as Johnny – shock horror – having a different skin color? Do you seriously not understand how one choice changes a character fundamentally and the other is LITERALLY a cosmetic change?

      • Know thyself

        We get it, Alan. You have an opinion. Good for you. Everybody else has an opinion as well, so stop ramming your own beliefs down everyone else’s throat. Just becasue someone disagrees with you doesn’t mean the world is ending.

  • Renee

    The thing that Hollywood does not understand and may people that are not comic fans is that these character hold a special place in nerd, and comic book readers. We\’ve been reading about these characters for years and for them to be changed is not something real fans can take lightly. For this article to say that “infuriate geeks who are racist and/or horribly OCD” will not approve is wrong and low to say. If they changed Capitan America to a female and we disagree that doesn’t make us sexist or make Wolverine gay homophobic, to make those changes is to discredit decades and history of comics and the characters.

    • tarek

      True. That’s why I hated Amazing Spiderman, when I saw Andrew Garfield playing Peter Parker.
      such a horrible casting.

  • Jon

    Brace your selfs. The orginal characters where white .!
    Lets see a wolverine reboot with black Logan ! Huugghgh when are they gonna give up the rights to where all these characters belong

  • Logic

    That last paragraph is going to infuriate the neckbeards… LOL.

  • Jamesy

    Happy with this he seems a good fit for the character, damn good actor also. The people saying black actor playing white bla bla, what does it matter?! The studio and everyone involved obviously like him enough for the part, those saying what about Sue Storm…have Johnny and Sue be half siblings/adopted, which could lead to friction between them both which would make for more interesting characters/a more interesting watch. Or just cast an actress who is also black? I know Kerry Washington was already a part of the FF universe, but why not cast her as Sue? She was great in Django.

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  • Goop

    Hahaha I love Matt Goldberg. It took me a while, but I’ve finally figured it out. You are a very good columnist, sir. Keep it up.

  • Brandon Avery

    I think it’s a horrible idea. I’m black and I don’t want a black actor playing the human torch. I want him to be white because that’s what was in the comics. I guess I’m a racist.

  • Legsbrah

    Lmao look like all your liberals are finally getting your wish.

    Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
    Idis Elba as the next bond
    Jamie Foxx as Electro

    It’s only a matter of time, before the next installment of Batman, Superman will be black.

    Thanks, Liberals!

    • Guy Smiley

      You are an idiot and you don’t even have a decent command of the English language, based on your post (Note that I used “your” correctly).

      Anyhow, Sam Jackson as Nick Fury is based on how the character was drawn in the Ultimates universe comics so that’s just a dumbass statement on your part (and his race hasn’t been an issue). I hadn’t heard anything about a new Bond, so I think you’re just pulling stuff out of your ass there. And Electro? Honestly, who cares about Electro?

      Can you please explain how being liberal somehow equates to bad casting decisions? See, I’m a liberal, and I think this would be poor casting for Human Torch too. Why? Because I think comic book movies should generally be true to the original characters (at least the primary characters). People have a history with these characters, so it makes sense for the studios to remain faithful to them.

      Making Superman black? Probably not. But a black Perry White, or a black Kingpin or Electro? Fine. If you’ve cast a good actor for those roles, that’s great. Politics has nothing to do with it.

      Now, if you’re trying to make a case that conservatives are a bunch of intellectually challenged morons who can’t be bothered to have a meaningful discussion about anything, however, you’ve done a great job.

  • Matt “baggit” Goldberg

    “This fact will undoubtedly infuriate geeks who are racist and/or horribly OCD.” You know Matt Goldberg, If you going to say something as stupid and to accuse us because of the news, then You have a Problem. Anyway Jordan should played a Black Ben Grimm

  • Trapsbrah

    LMAO look like all your Reddit, liberal fantasy is coming true.

    Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
    Idris Elba as 007
    Jamie Foxx as Electro

    Only a matter of time, before the next Batman, Superman will be black.

    Thanks, Liberals!

    • Ned Merrill

      I am liberal and I like Orange Juice. Better switch to Grapefruit Juice, quick!

      Moron.

    • Alan B

      Is it possible for you to criticize someone and NOT mention reddit? This seems to be your go-to reason why EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE. Considering that I don’t care about reddit AT ALL, I find it amusing that you are so invested in that website.

  • Johnson

    I don’t really care if they cast a black actor, so long as he does a good job, but the character IS white and making him black is not really only a cosmetical change. Plus, what’s the big deal, there are many other black characters in these comics.

  • Van Iblis

    “This fact will undoubtedly infuriate geeks who are racist and/or horribly OCD.”

    Try harder…no, really. Dumbass.

  • Daniel

    lol so much anger here. I dont care what color they are as long as they can act the part well. At the end of the day they will cast whomever they want and people will still buy tickets. My only wish is that they correct Galactus.

  • chcie

    Bastardisation. This character is not supposed to portrayed by a black guy. Same sort of thing for other characters. Imagine a white Blade…..i would rather not. Stop trying to make everything so politically correct.

  • Strong Enough

    wow. its a comic book you nerds, get mad at poverty in the world not a fuckin fictional character. this generation is lost lmao

    • TheRealBukzit

      gud thinking.

      …clever thinking!

  • Dequan

    Gabrielle Union…Susan Storm…nuff said

  • Think First

    Wow! First World problems are hilarious……

  • de

    yes, i wonder how the internet folks would cry over a white man playing Spawn or Blade or Panther etc. If you criticise such a take on a character that’s been around for over 40 years then you’re a ‘geek’ or you’re ‘racist’. This pc business is getting out of hand now. Why, just for once, can’t they make something that is as true as possible to the source material, can’t be that difficult can it? I hope this crap flops big time. I have realised (as i have with games coming out of that BIG game’s company) that it’s best to hang onto my money and spend it wisely. I wouldn’t call this movie as spending it wisely.

    • fu

      Big difference. One there are only a black characters so casting one as white what taka huge chunk out of that. second black panther is an African Prince. So casting someone like Justin Timberlake wouldn’t make any sense.

  • TheRealBukzit

    …so stupid!
    Is the skin colour the only thing
    that has changed since all this “comics to big screen” adaption
    thing has started?

    Why make it a so big issue, there so many other things in the world to worry about.

    the world is ending…

  • LEM

    You know Hollywood casting a black actor is just calculated marketing and has nothing to do with progressive thinking or racial equality in movies.

  • KCC

    If you ask me to describe the Fantastic Four, I’m not gonna tell you “They’re all white”. I’m gonna tell you the main ideas behind the comics, like their origins and the relationships the characters have with one another. I’m more worried about having a quality script and director. I would take a well-written movie that takes a few liberties with the source material over a piece of crap that stays faithful to everything. Of course the worst-case scenario is that we get a piece of crap that still takes liberties with the comics

    • Alan B

      Agreed. To me, the ‘Fantastic Four’ was about a group of individuals (including a brother-sister team) that was ostensibly different in terms of physicality and skills, but were – ultimately – a family. Suggesting that an actor can’t be Johnny Storm because of his skin color seems counter to the material’s themes of inclusiveness, teamwork and fellowship.

  • KCC

    If you ask me to describe the Fantastic Four, I\’m not gonna tell you \"They\’re all white\". I\’m gonna tell you the main ideas behind the comics, like their origins and the relationships the characters have with one another. I\’m more worried about having a quality script and director. I would take a well-written movie that takes a few liberties with the source material over a piece of crap that stays faithful to everything. Of course the worst-case scenario is that we get a piece of crap that still takes liberties with the comics

  • Dan

    I feel like I should be outraged, but I’m not. I like the adoption idea a lot. It looks like they’re going with the Ultimate version where the FF are teenagers (or young adults for this matter). If that’s the case, then I would love to have Ben Whishaw as Reed Richards.

  • Buffoondaddy

    “Getting the character right” first and foremost means leaving them the way they were created and designed. Perry White is not black. Spiderman’s webs are not organic. Juggernaut is not a mutant. Tony Stark’s shrapnel stays in his chest. Krypton DOES NOT survive (that one is hopefully just a rumor). And Jonny Storm is white!
    Being reverential to the source material means bringing it to the big screen adhering to the 60 plus years of established canon all these characters have available to the writers and director.

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  • Blue Arrow

    This is the most fricked up casting ever, a black johnny storm? What next? A white Blade? Please…this movie is failing from the start, and don’t tell me his colour doesn’t matter, coz it does, him and sue are brother and sister, making him adopted or what not will ruin the whole dynamic…the fantastic 4 were the first superheroes which I read first in my childhood, it’s not a matter of racism, but in my view (and lots of others) he will never be the human torch!

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