Michael B. Jordan on ‘Fantastic Four’ casting backlash: I’ll ‘Shoulder All This Hate’

23 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fantastic Four gets a new international trailer.

In an Entertainment Weekly essay published Friday, the movie star responded to the online backlash over the decision to cast a black actor as Johnny Storm/Human Torch in the upcoming reboot of the Marvel superhero franchise.

Following on from the new artwork and TV spot, an international trailer has arrived online for 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four, which offers up plenty of new footage from the superhero reboot. Yet Jordan couldn’t resist going online to see the reaction, and was dismayed by those who couldn’t fathom him as the brother of Susan Storm (Kate Mara). “Turns out this is what they were saying: ‘A black guy? Jordan, who will play Johnny Storm—aka The Human Torch—in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, is firing back at online commenters who did not think he looked the part because he is black and the character has blond hair and blue eyes in the comic book. Jordan as the Human Torch in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four was something that angered a vocal section of fandom, who wanted to see a cinematic Torch as white as the original comic book character.

Check it out below… THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The Parenthood alum — who received praise for his work in the 2013 award-winning drama Fruitvale Station — plays Johnny Storm in the action sci-fi, which is a caucasian and blue-eyed character in the original Marvel comic books. “I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying.

In a new essay, Jordan responds to the outcry, advising those upset to take a look around. “It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore,” Jordan writes in Entertainment Weekly of the response to his casting. “I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. Jordan) and Reed Richards (Miles Teller) using their powers to date, it also confirms that, yes, Ben Grimm is really going to end up with the awkward name “the Thing” in the movie as well. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. Interestingly enough, Johnny, Reed and Sue Storm aren’t given their own comic book names in the ad, raising the issue of whether we’ll get to hear the words “Mr. Jordan said that his casting had nothing to do with “political correctness” or a “racial quota,” but was simply about telling a story about “what a modern family looks like today.” The “Fruitvale Station” star said that he takes the responsibility of “shoulder(ing) all this hate” to “take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” “Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that ‘it has to be true to the comic book.’”

Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac) as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Doctor Doom, Reg E. This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team.

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