(PCM) As a person of mixed race and as a member of a blended family, the controversy surrounding Michael B. Jordan’s casting in director Josh Tranks’s Fantastic Four reboot as Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch, continues to baffle me.
Many critics called the casting a politically correct move, an attempt by 20th Century Fox to appeal to the increasingly diverse masses, and were awaiting for some kind of an explanation as to how Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara, playing Sue Storm, could possibly portray brother and sister in a film about four young scientists who are transformed into superheroes after a radioactive accident.
I cannot understand why it’s so inconceivable that a black man could have a white woman as a sister, but Michael B. Jordan is more even-tempered and has a bigger heart than I do, which he displayed in an editorial he wrote for EW yesterday, addressing the controversy surrounding his casting. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. 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?
Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of “Black Film.” Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself—a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.
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.
Read the full article here.
Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Fantastic Four is written and directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) alongside co-writers Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and stars Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm aka The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch, and Jamie Bell (Jumper) as Ben Grimm aka The Thing.