‘The Fantastic Four’ Reboot: Michael B. Jordan Talks Playing Human Torch

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 7th, 2014 at 5:27 am,

Michael B Jordan Talks Human Torch in Fantastic Four The Fantastic Four Reboot: Michael B. Jordan Talks Playing Human Torch

Since it was announced that Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch in Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, the project has faced disapproval for casting a black actor in an originally white role.

The last time Jordan responded to the criticism, he seemed assured that detractors would get over their issue with him, saying, “They’re still going to see it anyway.” In Rome this week for the Italian premiere of Fruitvale Station, he once again took questions regarding the supposedly controversial casting.

But this time, according to Coming Soon‘s transcription of a Cinefilos post, his response was much less brusque and much more diplomatic.

First, Jordan addressed the issue of cranky fans who don’t like the idea of him playing a character they might have envisioned differently. Said Jordan:

“It was expected, you know? 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.”

Really, it just sounds like Jordan is looking forward to the opportunity to play the role and, like any actor, no doubt embraces the chance to expand his abilities and try something different.

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Jordan continued:

“The Human Torch is, y’know, that’s fun. That’s going to be a good time. To play a superhero? That’s dreams coming true. It’s not going to be hard. It’s going to be fun to kind of show a side of me that I don’t really get a chance to show onscreen, to be a little bit lighter, funnier, just more personality. It’s going to be fun.”

These are smart comments on Jordan’s part; he’s clearly not trying to anger any fanboys. If anything, his calm and thoughtful reply shows his respect for the project and is yet another sign that those opposed to his hiring are probably overreacting.

As we’ve said before, casting a superhero movie these days is about business, and this Fantastic Four reboot seems to be in the business of throwing the widest possible demographic net. If a movie makes radical changes from its source material, it doesn’t necessarily mean disaster at the box office. But we’ll have to wait another year to find out what it means for Fantastic Four.

Are you looking forward to the Fantastic Four reboot?


Fantastic Four is scheduled to hit theaters March 6, 2015.

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Source: Cinefilos via Coming Soon

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  1. Looks like someone got a publicist after (they will see it anyway )comment

  2. This story was really interesting…the first 10 times you guys ran it. Anything else noteworthy going on with this film?

    • Not yet. As soon as the studio has a filming schedule and begins production, I’m sure SR will report on it as soon as they’re able.

      As the late, great writer/director/restaurant critic Sir Michael Winner said in a series of insurance commercials a decade ago, “calm down, dear”.

  3. It is not that he is being polite, is just that he realized he screw it with his first comments. My guess is that the execs at Fox told him to think twice before making a statement.

  4. I don’t doubt his acting abilities is just that all the decisions the director and the execs at Fox have made so far have gone from bad to worse. They can rule me out of the list of people who will watch this mess!

  5. I didn’t think the last two were all that off the mark, so I don’t see the need for another reboot, and I sure as hell don’t see the point in casting a black guy in a white role other than that Fox has him under contract and are bound and determined to use him in SOMETHING, whether he’s right for the part or not. And frankly, I’m not particularly impressed with the rest of the cast, so I’ll pass.

  6. Coming from a black dude myself, I think they have done very poorly with the castings!
    Especially the choice of Johnny Storm and especially Susan Storm.
    Not really excited about this adaptation.