Michael B. Jordan Responds To The Criticism Of Being Cast As Human Torch
Much has been made of Michael B. Jordan being cast as the Human Torch in the upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four. The criticism is over the fact that his character was white in the comic books, while Jordan, obviously, is black. Many say that Jordan shouldn’t be playing Johnny Storm in the film and the character’s race should stay true to the comics. Obviously, that is a narrow sighted view, but people still feel this way in 2014. Nevertheless, Jordan addressed the situation during an event in Rome.
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.
Jordan will be joined by Kate Mara as Invisible Woman, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic and Jamie Bell as The Thing when The Fantastic Four hits theatres June 19, 2015.