Michael B. Jordan Once Again Weighs In On The Idea Of An African-American Johnny Storm
There hasn’t been any official news on the Fantastic Four reboot front other than the fact that the movie will have four characters who are fantastic, but it seems like a pretty safe bet that Michael B. Jordan will be our new Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch. The Fruitvale Station actor has quickly become a rising star since his outing in Josh Trank‘s Chronicle, so it makes sense that a studio would want to get him involved with a comic book property. Trank seems to be eager to team back up with Jordan again, so now all that’s left is finding the other three members of Marvel‘s first family. There was a big controversy over Johnny Storm‘s race possibly being changed, but it seems like that has died down thanks to Jordan‘s continuing success as an actor. When speaking with Access Hollywood earlier this week, Jordan refused to comment about whether or not he was cast in the reboot, but he did once again talk about the idea behind the race change.
After talking about his dream projects and what he’s up to now, Jordan was asked if he wanted to make all the Fantastic Four rumors official while appearing on the show. For about the three thousandth time the actor dodged the question. All he woudl say is “I don’t know. I can’t even…you know how it is in this industry. I can’t talk. I honestly can’t. It’s still up in the air. I just can’t. It’s one of those things, certain people start talking a little bit too soon then what happens if it doesn’t happen for whatever reason? Then I’m the guy that was out there talking about something that was could have, should have, but didn’t. That’s never been me.“
While that’s a perfectly fine non-answer, it doesn’t tell clue us in to any new developments. The actor was a little more open and willing to talk about the idea of a black Johnny Storm though. When asked how he feels about what could be a groundbreaking role in a comic book movie, Jordan once again states that times have changed and so should we. He’s said similar in the past, but he really expands on it here:
For sure. It’s not just about that role. I think times have changed. It’s 2014. Comic books in general were established back when we didn’t have civil rights for the most part. There weren’t a lot of comic book characters that were geared towards us, period. We weren’t the market that comic books were made for in the beginning. As times change and things move on, I think us as people need to evolve as well and not be so narrow minded. I mean if not me, if not this project, then someone else and another character…I wouldn’t be mad at that at all.
You can see everything the actor had to say by watching the video below. It seems that people have really come around on the idea of Jordan as Johnny Storm in the last few months. He’s an absolutely fantastic (no pun intended) actor, and it’s only a matter of time before he gets a big franchise role. Fantastic Four doesn’t have the most goodwill behind it right now, so hopefully his talents aren’t wasted if things pan out as bad as some are making the production out to be. I for one am remaining cautiously optimistic. What do you think about the actor’s comments?
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Source : Access Hollywood