It goes without saying that if you’re a comic book fan, you’ve likely had a few things to say about the decision to cast Michael B. Jordan in the role of Johnny Storm (AKA The Human Torch.)
I will completely honest, as a child of adoption, this casting choice did not bother me one bit. I actually applaud the idea of taking a new approach to the film, and I think that it is as simple as one throw away line about adoption to explain his relationship to Sue Storm. We’ve already seen two decent, but not the best, Fantastic Four films. So the idea of taking the franchise to new heights is exciting. At least, for me it is….
Michael B. Jordan knew ahead of time that there would be fan backlash, it is completely obvious at this point that fanboys/fangirls are going to rally one way or another, but his statement on the matter could actually sway a few naysayers. Speaking at a film event in Rome, Jordan answered a question in regards to his thoughts on the fan backlash:
“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.”
When he was asked about why he took the role, Jordan had this to say:
“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.”
It definitely sounds like Michael has the proper attitude and approach to the role, will the fan backlash be too much for the franchise? Or can we get over the entitled internet thing where everyone has to try and pretend like they can predict the future? I genuinely welcome the latter.