Yesha Callahan

Michael B. Jordan Joins “Fantastic Four” Cast & Franchise Fans Go “OMG, He’s not a white guy!”

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Michael B. Jordan, 27, is said to be a rising star in Hollywood, but if this past year is an indication of success, he’s on a shooting star. Jordan, a native of Newark, N.J., is set to star as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in Fox Studio’s reboot of the “Fantastic Four”.

Jordan, whose recent success includes the groundbreaking “Fruitvale Station”, will be joined by Miles Teller ( Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara (the Invisible Woman), and Jamie Bell (as The Thing).

The first reboot of the “Fantastic Four” included Jessica Alba as part of the cast, and included a sequel, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”.

But what seems like a chance at good superhero role, doesn’t sit well with some fans of the franchise.

Johnny Storm/Human Torch has always been depicted as a white guy, in both the comics and the previous movies, but of course Jordan isn’t white. Even in the movie, Johnny’s sister will still be played by a white actress (Mara), which has caused those with low brain cells to go “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?”.

Hey, who says that a black guy can’t be cast in a role that has been depicted as a white person in the comics? It’s not like it’s the first time it’s happened.  White people lost their ever-loving minds when they found out Amandla Stenberg, a black girl, was cast to play Rue. They swore that they wouldn’t support the movie, but the box office numbers proved otherwise.

Here’s the thing. What people need to do is  to come  to terms with the concept of blind casting. Jordan being cast in a role that was always portrayed by a white person, is a step in the right direction.  If more studios made moves like this, imagine how many more black actors could be put to work.  Who knows, maybe the next Incredible Hulk could be played by someone like The Rock or insert the random name of another black actor with bulging biceps.

Either people choose to get on the post racial casting bus, or get left behind watching the old Fantastic Four movies, which included a Latina in the lead role. Oops, guess they didn’t realize that.

  1. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    It’s funny because from what I read about Rue in the “Hunger Games” was that in the book she was always describe as being darker skinned so I don’t know why they thought she would be white. For this, who cares what they think. They can talk all their stuff but most likely they will support the movie.

    • February 20, 2014 - Reply

      @geenababe

      I remember the controversy over Rue. They had a problem believing she was black because (this is their words), she was described as innocent, pure, beautiful and because her death affected the people so much that it made them want to seek justice. They don’t ascribe those characteristics to bw, and they’ve never seen anyone feel the need to avenge bw, so their brain skipped over the skin tone description in the book, it’s selective reading….for racists.
      It’s the same reason why they didn’t cry when she died, if it was Dakota fanning (their words) they would have been touched, but the death of a black girl means nothing to them.

    • February 21, 2014 - Reply

      @geenababe

      It’s disgusting but I’m not shock at their thinking.

  2. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    “White people lost their ever-loving minds when they found out Amandla Stenberg, a black girl, was cast to play Rue.”

    And the saddest thing about that reaction was that the author very intentionally WROTE Rue as a Black character in the dang book! They were such huge “fans” of the book, but completely missed all the parts where the author described her “deep brown complexion” or her “deep dark eyes”.

    SMH. Seems that heroes or beloved figures in book-to-movie releases are White until proven Black…even if it was written that way.

  3. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    I ain’t the “comic book head” like I use to be, but I will say this:

    I will be very disappointed if Mark Ruffalo is not cast as the Hulk, if they decide to reboot the Incredible Hulk series. I’m sorry, but seeing Dwayne Johnson as the Hulk just… (shakes head and then shudders)… No.
    Also keep in mind, they (Marvel Comics-Disney)already has been doing the “blind casting”, when they decided to cast Sam Jackson as Nick Fury. In the comic book, he is a white guy with a kick-ass eye.

    • February 20, 2014 - Reply

      @MimiLuvs

      Really? Mark Ruffalo is all of 5’8″. Wonder Woman is more menacing.

    • February 20, 2014 - Reply

      @MimiLuvs

      @Nirvana

      I prefer Mark Ruffalo because (physically as well as his acting skills) is a better representation of Bruce Banner than Dwayne Johnson.

    • February 20, 2014 - Reply

      @MimiLuvs

      Actually Nick Fury had been changed to a black guy in the comics before the movies were created. Ironically, they had based the comic book character’s appearance on Sam Jackson.

    • February 24, 2014 - Reply

      @MimiLuvs

      Actually, there was no colour blind casting with Sam Jackson. Samuel Jackson is Ultimate Nick Fury. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby specifically created Ultimate Nick Fury as a homage to Samuel Jackson, when they decided to do the alternate universe because they admired him so much. He’s even drawn to look exactly like Samuel Jackson, and this was years before any movie was even in production or talks, he’s been around since 2001. Pick up any Ultimate Nick Fury comic and it’s Mr Jackson’s face that will be staring back at you.

  4. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    While I agree with colorblind casting… we know good and well if a “black” character was cast as a white actor, we’d have a fit.

    • February 20, 2014 - Reply

      @Liz

      Ditto.

      Exhibit:

      The celluloid, eye-enema that is known as “Avatar: The Last Airbender”.
      I believe that Racialicious must’ve created a week’s worth of articles about the white-washing.

    • February 20, 2014 - Reply

      @Liz

      Perhaps…but in the movie “A Mighty Heart”…Marianne Pearl was played by Angelina Jolie.

      Pearl was Black. Jolie is not.

      Didn’t hear too much of an outcry…no fits were had.
      Or the Batman character Bane…written as Black….played by as-white-as-you-can-get Tom Hardy.

      So yeah, I generally agree with your premise..but there ARE examples of Black characters given to White actors and Black folk not throwing a hissy fit over it. It is not impossible.

    • February 21, 2014 - Reply

      @Liz

      @LIZ

      An article in a UK tabloid website does not mean that Black people collectively “had a fit” over this casting. A “fit” would have been an ARRAY of articles in different sources talking about how Blacks all over were up-in-arms over this casting.

      Didn’t happen…I don’t care what “The Daily Mail” says.

  5. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    After considerable outrage caused by the decision to cast an all-white The Gods Of Egypyt, actor Chadwick Boseman was picked to play the god Thoth. It was only after an online petition that filmmaker Alex Proyas decided to cast a black person to be in a movie centered around ancient Egypt. White folks have no problem completely whitewashing history when given the opportunity.

    • February 20, 2014 - Reply

      @joe

      Ridley Scott’s Exodus cast is all wasp too.

  6. February 20, 2014 - Reply

    Of course it’s not the same thing for a white actor to play a black character – white actors have no trouble getting roles for being white. Since there aren’t as many black characters written for Hollywood movies, at least let black actors play those. It’s great if they also get to play roles for white characters, equal it out a little.

  7. February 21, 2014 - Reply

    I don´t honestly speaking like it when they cast people totally different as depicted in the books.It is very annoying when they start experiment with the casting instead of getting the movie right.Thats why I am not supporting any movies were the people were supposed to be black and they put white people in it and vice versa.Thats why I won´t watch the Nina Simone movie with Zoe Saldana(I know shes black but I don´t have to repeat the whole story), won´t watch Noah with Russell Crowe,won´t watch that Gods of Egypt movie with that ridiculous cast as well. Trust me they soon will come out with Cleopatra and put some Katy Perry girl in it.Her video is just a hint of what they try to repeat again.

  8. February 21, 2014 - Reply

    We should of had a fit when they white washed/re-castes Lavender Brown in Harry Potter as a White girl. In the first couple movies and books she is black. But as soon as she became a main figure….. Anyways I never saw the 1st two films, so I am interested in this reboot.

  9. February 21, 2014 - Reply

    his sister is gonna be white in the movie? he couldn’t come from a full black family either? so no black couples, no black siblings… black folks are just supposed to seem like they dropped out of the sky and landed in the middle of a bunch of hip white folks, right?

  10. February 21, 2014 - Reply

    Sorry me, I accidentally downloaded you. I completely agree though, its like we are just accessories or props. Get your cool black guy, aisle one!

  11. February 21, 2014 - Reply

    Yay for the blind casting, however the bigger issue for me is Johnny Storm not having a black sister. Yes, Jessica Alba is Latina but the reason why her being cast still made sense is because she is a WHITE Latina. Will Smith said that you can’t have two black leads in a romantic film but apparently you can’t have two black leads as siblings either, or else 1/2 of the Fantastic Four would be black and thus by default not so fantastic (in the eyes of the close-minded). I’m glad they liked Jordan so much that they overlooked his abundance of melanin, but I think it’s ridiculous to have Mara as his sister. One of them has to go, and I prefer that it be Mara. I’m not a Zoe Saldana fan but I’d be fine with her taking Mara’s place. At least she is a BLACK Latina.

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