Michael B. Jordan Slams His Fantastic Four Casting Critics!

Michael B. Jordan plays Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Since the introduction of the superhero team in the comic books in 1961, Johnny Storm has always been portrayed as a Caucasian with blond hair and blue eyes – so, the casting of a black guy for the role wasn’t taken lightly by a huge section of comic book fans. Fuming remarks and trolls on the internet have been the common backlash against the casting choice.

Michael B. Jordan seems to have been badly hurt by such reactions, but eventually he has managed to be strong enough to stick with the role, and strong enough to pen a full response to those who opposed his casting in Fantastic Four! The actor has shared a letter via Entertainment Weekly titled ‘Why I’m Torching the Color Line’.

Here, I’m going to share the highlights from Jordan’s letter before moving ahead towards some other hot stuff on Fantastic Four!

Addressing The Allegations Against The Casting Choice…

Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!”

He Doesn’t Ask Anyone To Forget 50 Years Of Comics, But…

But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?

People Should Spot The Message Of The Movie…

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. That’s the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it.

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