michael b jordan Michael B. Jordan Speaks On Racial Backlash Towards Him Playing The Human Torch In Fantastic Four

It was recently reported that the lead quartet for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot of ‘The Fantastic Four’ has been set, with Miles Teller cast as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing. Linked to the role for what seems like almost a year now, some fans have been critical about the ‘Fruitvale Station’ and The Wire’ stars casting as Johnny Storm. Speaking on a panel recently in Rome, Italy, Michael B. Jordan quite brilliantly addressed the racial backlash (comments and video via Cinefilos.it/translation via Superherohype).

“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.”

Michael B. Jordan also shed some light on why he decided to take on ‘The Fantastic Four’ and the role of Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, “The Human Torch is, ‘yknow, 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 to show on screen, to be a little bit lighter, funnier, just more personality. It’s going to be fun.”

Josh Trank is directing the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot, which 20th Century Fox will release on June 19th, 2015. Trank and Michael B. Jordan previously worked together on the low-budget superhero flick, ‘Chronicle.’ For me, Jordan is without a doubt one a of best young actors working today, and I truly believe he will knock this part out of the park.