If it’s one thing that Hollywood has yet to learn when it comes to making comic book flicks, it’s to not piss off the fanboys. Their latest faux pas involves the potential casting of actor Michael B. Jordan (not to be confused with the basketball guy) in the role of The Human Torch for Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. But why is this a problem you ask? Well, (to the uninitiated) The Human Torch is, in almost all cases, a white guy and Jordan is very obviously a darker shaded individual. Thus, the Internet went into full nerd-rage mode. Now, Jordan has stepped up and has a few words to say on the subject. See what he had to say after the jump.
When chatting with The Huffington Post and USA Today, Jordan spoke his mind. First and foremost, he addressed the casting rumor:
That’s not real yet.
Everyone knows we’re good friends. It’s something that if it happened I would be ecstatic. I’d love to be a part of it.
And next, his opinion on whether The Human Torch is allowed to change colors to something other than fiery red:
Things change and time goes on, it’s 2013 right now. The characteristics of the Human Torch are his name is Johnny Storm, he’s charismatic, and he’s a playboy. That’s it. You know what I’m saying? That’s all there is.
Then, about the wave of criticism flying about the Internet:
I think all these people have a continuity problem.
And last but not least, some final thoughts:
I get a lot of support and a lot of love from comic-book geeks. I love it. If you go looking for negative things you’re going to find it. You never go through a girl’s phone. If you’re looking for trouble, you’re going to find it. But we’ll see where this all goes.
Personally, I give a rat’s ass what color he is, but then again I’m not a stickler for the irrelevant details. I’m far more concerned about the man’s acting skills and whether the script for this one is going to be better suited as toilet paper or not. If Jordan’s presence can help to finally make a decent incarnation of the Fantastic Four, then people should be pleased as shit. Besides, he hasn’t even got the bloody job yet. Give it a rest, Internet.
Production on the FF reboot is set to begin soon with a scheduled release date of March 6th, 2015.
Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.