New Fantastic Four Cast Revealed. The Human Torch Is Black. Cue The Outrage In 3... 2... 1...
The Fantastic Four is getting a movie reboot with a shiny new cast. And here's the team:
- Miles Teller as Mister Fantastic
- Kate Mara as The Invisible Woman
- Jamie Bell as The Thing
- Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch
Yup. Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch, a white character in the comics, is being played by a black dude.
The Fantastic Four previously appeared in a pair of crappy movies that came out in 2005 and 2007. They also appeared in a 1994 film produced by Roger Corman, though that never got a formal release.
The reboot is scheduled for 2015, under the direction of Josh Trank (Chronicle).
MY OPINION: Score one for diversity! Whether The Human Torch is black or white makes no real difference. Yes, he and Sue Storm are siblings. It's important to the characters' history that they're siblings. It's not important that they're biologically related.
Anyway, in a movie where one guy is on fire, one guy is made out of rock, one guy can stretch his limbs, and a woman can become invisible... I think they'll figure out a way to suspend disbelief on that one. Adoption, probably.
This is something the internet—and the comic book community in particular—generally loses its shit over. But a cursory glance on Twitter (search term: "black Human Torch") shows opinions across the board, and while some people are clearly confused and upset, nothing jumped out at me as completely crazypants.
Honestly, I'm most thrown by the casting of Jamie Bell as The Thing. The first two Fantastic Four movies may not have been perfect—actually, they were really, incredibly bad—but the casting of Michael Chiklis was spot on. END MY OPINION.
So. Casting thoughts? Go.
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