Before he was Captain America, actor Chris Evans played hero as the Human Torch in Tim Story’s two Fantastic Four movies. Now you may have heard that they’re rebooting the FF with a new cast, new director and new film, and in that film one Michael B. Jordan will get his flame on to play one-fourth of the titular quartet. You may have also heard there was some controversy about Jordan’s casting because, you know, he’s (checks the immediate vicinity for people eavesdropping)… Black. So during some recent press for the latest Captain America movie, The Winter Soldier, Evans was asked how he feels about passing the, ahem, torch to Jordan. (more…)
You’d have to go to Amish country to find someone who hasn’t heard about the Internet Hoopla that flared off when Michael B. Jordan‘s casting as Johnny Storm was first rumored, and then later confirmed. Just about everyone on the Internet has put in their two cents, now we get to hear what the man himself thinks. (more…)
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.
The word rocketing across the Internet today is that FOX‘s Fantastic Four reboot director Josh Trank (Chronicle) is considering casting Michael B. Jordan in the role of Johnny Storm, the Human Torch. Are FOX and Trank testing the water with this rumored casting leak?
You might remember Donald Glover making a pitch to play Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man reboot. Fan reaction to that idea was mixed, but after years of Hollywood ignoring character race in casting Caucasians, color blind casting is a relatively new thing in Hollywood. Two examples in the super hero movie category include Clarke Duncan as The Kingpin in Daredevil and Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-man 2, both villains. Perhaps it’s time for a hero to receive the same treatment on screen.
How would this work out in the Fantastic Four though? Sue Storm is Johnny’s sister and with the reported news of Allison Williams consideration for the role of Sue Storm, would they still be brother and sister? Adopted siblings, or same mother different fathers or vice-versa?
I’ve really enjoyed Jordan’s work in Chronicle, Friday Night Lights, and from what I hear Fruitvale is fantastic in no small part to his talented acting. He would handle the role well, but is world ready for him in that role?
What do you think, not just about Jordan as the Torch, but the state of race in casting in Hollywood today?
Hate to be the one to break the news but [Spoiler] Johnny Storm is dead, fighting aliens will do that to you. While it was sad for Marvel‘s first super hero family the Fantastic Four, it did attract major network attention. The last time something like this happened was the death of Superman and we all remember how huge that was (they actually had a funeral). While this wasn’t as big as a Superman death; the death of the Human Torch tugged at the hearts (and wallets) of readers nationwide. Yes, it’s sad but thanks to that “success” Marvel has decided to do it again, every single quarter of the year. Now would be a great time to make Lindsay Lohan a comic book super hero, making a thousand nerds dreams come true.
Place your bets world
David Gabriel, VP Sales at Marvel Comics has revealed plans to kill a main character every single quarter due to the success of the recent media coverage of the Human Torch’s death. Confirmed the news with Bleedingcool with the statement “this is not a joke” not only means your serious, that pretty much guaranties that they already have a few names in a hat.
Gabriel did however specify that these storylines are NOT about killing characters. What’s key is what comes AFTER the deaths. For example, after the Human Torch’s death, Spidey joined the team and the concept of “FF” got an entirely new focus as Future Foundation.
Losing the sarcastic wit of the Human Torch and pretty much trading it for the wit of Spider-man would be considered a win. If these future deaths are only to improve on other stories, like this new Future Foundation, then they know what their doing over at Marvel HQ. Hell, Spidey got himself some new duds and a sweet payroll now as member of the new FF. They only way Marvel could screw this up is to follow the DC formula;wait a few months, make a clone or several replacements only to revive the deceased by the end of the year. Marvel’s too smart for that (we hope).
*Spoiler Alert* Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch) of the Fantastic Four is DEAD. Yep, that happened last week or something, in Fantastic Four #587. There’s nothing like a dead superhero to dredge up press and sales. Well, the film actor is now Captain America, so I guess they HAD to kill him off. Scheduling conflicts and all…..
Anyway, in the wake of the death of Johnny Storm, the Fantastic Four are getting both a new member and a name change.
Today Marvel announced that Spider-Man would be joining the ranks of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, and Ben Grimm, starting in FF #1, which comes out March 23 with the creative team of Jonathan Hickman (script) and Steve Epting (pencils):
After the death of the Human Torch, the surviving members of the Fantastic Four-Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman & Thing-join with Spider-Man and some top secret members to form an unstoppable force: The Future Foundation. Their mission is simple: save the Marvel Universe from its greatest threats and prevent future dangers from arising. But even with knowledge of what’s to come and one of the most powerful teams ever assembled, just what villainous force could stand in their way?
So Spidey is now doin’ the following…
1.Full time job
Not to mention he’s turning off the dark on broadway.
This the second time he’s been in the FF. Spider-Man attempted to join the team in the very first issue of Amazing Spider-Man, but turned it down because they didn’t pay. In the 1990s, Spider-Man was an interim member of the team along with Wolverine, Hulk, and Ghost Rider. But now, with spiffy a new suit that looks like it were designed by Apple, how could he refuse?