Actor Michael B. Jordan wants Fantastic Four fans to try to keep an open mind. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jordan addressed the scores of fans who have taken to the Internet to express their displeasure with Jordan's casting.
Jordan went on to tell EW that he can see everybody's perspective, knows he can't ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. He went on to explain, "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".
Jordan wants to "set an example," hoping that his casting as the Human Torch, will lead to more performers of color being cast in prominent Hollywood roles rather than being "true to the comic book." As for the Internet critics, he called them trolls on the Internet, and advised them to "get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends' friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It's okay to like it."
I wonder how Mr. Jordan would feel if a white man were cast in the role of The Black Panther, or a white blond woman were cast as Storm, or an Asian man was cast as Luke Cage, three Marvel characters that are African American in the comics? How about an American Indian as Blade, the Vampire Slayer?
What Jordan and Hollywood don't seem to understand is that the same fans that are upset at Jordan's casting as the Human Torch, a character that is white in the comics, would be just as upset if any of Marvel's black characters were cast with actors who were not black.
Here's a little advice to the power people in Hollywood and the comic book companies— If you want more black super heroes, create some new heroes and stop messing with classic characters. That's what you're supposed to be good at, right? Creating new characters. Try it. It's so simple it just might work.
The Fantastic Four hits theaters on August 7th.