There’s a been a bit of a dust-up on the interwebz over the announcement that Michael B. Jordan will be playing Johnny Storm (aka Human Torch) in the Fantastic Four reboot film. There’s a really nice article at IGN responding to the controversy. Here’s just a snippet summary:
The complaints about the Jordan casting seem to boil down to these core arguments:
- Johnny Storm has always been portrayed as a white character.
- Hollywood shouldn’t try to change a character’s race just for the sake of political correctness or money.
- Audiences will be confused if the race of this iconic superhero character is suddenly changed.
- Having a black Johnny and a white Sue means the characters aren’t brother and sister anymore.
To which I offer these rebuttals:
- Yes, and so were Kingpin, Heimdall, Perry White, and Nick Fury at one point.
- Unless you’ve read the script and sat in on the production meetings, it’s a little presumptuous to claim you understand the motivations behind this decision.
- Just like that time everyone’s brain melted when WB replaced Billy Dee Williams’ Harvey Dent with Tommy Lee Jones’ Two-Face?
- A mixed-race family? That’s unpossible!