Guardian- The makers of new comic book epic Fantastic Four have defended their decision to cast a black actor, Michael B Jordan, as a member of the iconic superhero ensemble.
A minority of fans took to Twitter to accuse studio 20th Century Fox of getting it wrong, after Jordan was announced as the new Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, last year. Last month, the actor wrote a piece for Entertainment Weekly accusing internet “trolls” of racism.
Interviewed in the LA Times magazine, director Josh Trank and co-writer Simon Kinberg encouraged fans to watch the film before writing it off. Trank observed he had been turned into a punch bag by the controversy, but also claimed he welcomed the debate. “I get it,” he said. “I have a lot of friends older than me who are comic fans and it’s really hard for them to be on board with a change. Fantastic Four has been theirs for longer than I’ve been alive. It hasn’t been mine.”
He added: “It only speaks to the greatness of any story that has been told for decades or centuries that people still want to tell that story. But you can’t just keep telling it the same way over and over again. And I think it only helps the world to be more honest with young kids, to show them the world that they go walk outside and see.”
Leave it to a bunch of comic book obsessed geeks to get upset about the authenticity in the casting of a bunch of superheroes that gained their powers from a spacecraft that was bombarded by cosmic rays (Wiki FTW). How dare they make the movie unrealistic by changing the skin color of someone that is known as 'The Human Torch'? Is it even worth seeing anymore? I'm not sure I'll be able to see past the liberties they took with character selection.
I actually do see where they are coming from simply because it makes very little sense to make a change just for change's sake. In most situations I would agree that being force fed a demographic to appease some sort of imaginary quota would be nauseating. After all, we are talking about actors in a movie and not children attending college. Pretty sure there are plenty of roles out there for Michael B. Jordan without instituting some strange form of affirmative action.
Now that's what I WOULD have said if 90's sitcoms didn't make New York City look like the Aryan Nation. If Jerry Seinfeld had a Jerry curl I would be much more critical of this hire. If there was a black presence on 'Friends' that wasn't dripping out of a coffee machine I would be more sympathetic. If the KKK wasn't responsible for the plot line of every horror movie ever I would at least lend the Geek Squad an ear. Unfortunately, that's not the case. If there is a race that has been getting unjustly cast for the last century it's the same nerdy ass white boys that are complaining about a flying African American fireball. Things always come full circle. A black superhero is just making up for lost time. If we really wanted to pay reparations in the form of acting gigs gone awry there wouldn't be a single white person on television until Google was driving everyone's car for them. Tyler Perry would basically run the world. I realize a black guy being on screen might interrupt 'The Revenge Of The Nerds' and their circle jerk, but sometimes we just have to pay for the transgressions of our forefathers. Plus, if there was an integrity in the comic business there wouldn't be a single white superhero that could fly. Black people are far closer to superhuman than caucasians and their 3 inch verticals.
P.S. The first black superhero and he is still nowhere close to being the most famous Michael Jordan. Thanks a lot mom and dad.