Michael B. Jordan Addresses FANTASTIC FOUR Rumors

Michael B. Jordan Addresses FANTASTIC FOUR Rumors

Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan has long been rumored for the role of Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the upcoming 2015 Fantastic Four reboot. Shaun Robinson from Access Hollywood recently sat down with the star to discuss the ongoing rumors. Hear what he has to say after the jump.

These rumors just won't end. Casting details for The Fantastic Four which included such names as Kate Mara (Iron Man 2, House of Cards) and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) in the running for potential roles also revealed that Jordan was/is currently the only actor locked in for the reboot. Fox and director Josh Trank have yet to officially announce his inclusion with the project, but sitting down with Access Hollywood, Jordan sure seems to know more than he's telling.

“I can’t even — you know how it is in the industry! I can’t talk [about it] - it’s still up in the air, I just can’t. It’s one of things where, certain people start talking too soon and then what if it doesn’t happen for whatever reason? Then I’m the guy who was out there talking about something that coulda, shoulda, woulda, but didn’t. It’s not just about that role — I think times are changing. It’s 2014, Comic books in general were established when we didn’t have civil rights, for the most part. So there weren’t a lot of comic book characters who were geared towards us, period. We weren’t the market that comic books were made for in the beginning. But as times change and things move on, I think us as a people need to evolve as well in our thinking and not be so narrow-minded. So, if not me, if not this project, [if it’s] someone else in another character, I wouldn’t be mad at that at all.”

Jordan was then directly asked if he would like to play The Human Torch,

“I would like to play a character, that may or may not be written for myself, that might look like me.”

Principal photography for The Fantastic Four is scheduled to begin on March 31, while set to be released on June 19, 2015.
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LegacyOfHush - 2/10/2014, 12:10 AM
"So there weren’t a lot of comic book characters who were geared towards us, period." This.

"But as times change and things move on, I think us as a people need to evolve as well in our thinking and not be so narrow-minded."

And this.
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 12:15 AM
I'm sure he stays up at night, just wondering what you think of him. Your words will hurt him so much, that he might just jump off of his wallet and kill himself!

If the biggest controversy of this reboot is Jordan's casting, then this movie will be VERY lucky.
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 12:23 AM
Hows about he plays Dr. Doom? Or Susan Storm? Mole Man?
jimoakley666 - 2/10/2014, 12:30 AM
Err... "...certain people start talking too soon ..."- That would be YOU, ya jackass.

Also- "...there weren’t a lot of comic book characters who were geared towards us...". Yeah, but since then we have characters like Falcon, War Machine, Blade, Cage, Black Panther, Cloak, Bishop and this new guy in the current ace run of Avengers, Manifold. Yeah, there aren't as many black characters as white, but I wonder if that's also a reader demographic thing? More white nerds that black? If Marvel / DC thought there was more cash to be made, they'd do it. The new Ms Marvel being a prime example. Who knows.
Himura - 2/10/2014, 12:46 AM

TBH you're starting to look like the racist jackass right now. No one is even recognizing/ replying to your comments but you keep on replying with "frick this frick that"

And you said Marvel catered towards characters that were non-white back in the 60s? Oh yeah? Name 5. Oh btw, there are more races than just white and african-american.
Where are all the Latino, Asian and Middle-eastern heroes? They were all created in the 60s right?
Give me a break.

#WhitePower #IgnorantIdiot
Read more at http://www.comicbookmovie.com/news/?a=94305#2e9HzE2Sfh8ZEs8y.99
staypuffed - 2/10/2014, 12:46 AM
Netman, you're the racist one.

"the Human Torch is white because his blood sister is white, and his blood sister is Sue Storm, the mother of the Marvel universe, you can't change who she is and what she looks like."

Really, dude? Of course you can.
JuneThePanda - 2/10/2014, 12:53 AM
" Yeah, there aren't as many black characters as white, but I wonder if that's also a reader demographic thing? More white nerds that black? If Marvel / DC thought there was more cash to be made, they'd do it."

What does the white demographic of comicbook readers have to do with characters being made any other race but white? Just because there might be more "white nerds" that read comic books means they should make the majority of the characters only white? That kind of mentality is exactly what he is talking about when he says people think so narrow-minded nowadays.
staypuffed - 2/10/2014, 12:53 AM
I'd love to see a modern Fantastic Four film done right, but it shouldn't matter what colour their skin is. People complain that Johnny can't be black because Sue isn't. Well, who said she isn't in this reboot? What does it matter? Will your life really be worse because a man with darker skin is playing your favourite character?

Grow a backbone, buddy.
And get a life.
JoJo1982 - 2/10/2014, 12:55 AM

Racist much?
JuneThePanda - 2/10/2014, 12:56 AM

I hope you don't expect to be taken seriously talking the way you do. Please grow up and try to go without using the f word in every other comment.
jimoakley666 - 2/10/2014, 12:57 AM
@JuneThePanda - Equally, then, why is it so offensive for black readers to read about white characters, then? Why do they have to be changed to appeal to a black audience? "That kind of mentality is exactly what he is talking about when he says people think so narrow-minded nowadays".
Himura - 2/10/2014, 12:58 AM
Thank you staypuffed, at least you have some reasoning.

The dude is a FICTIONAL CHARACTER in a FICTIONAL WORLD. Now go back to your FICTIONAL life if this is really that big of a deal to you.
The dude isnt Superman or Batman, he's the human torch. Hell the guy isnt white or black, hes more orange most of the time.
JuneThePanda - 2/10/2014, 1:00 AM
And who's to say that he wasn't just auditioned because the director believed that he exhibited traits of the Human Torch? He worked with him before and after hearing the casting rumors even I thought that he had the charisma and playboy attitude to pull it off after seeing Chronicle. People automatically think that just because a director wants to cast someone that isn't white as a character that has been depicted as such must be doing so for political reasons when perhaps it's just because they believe he could make it work.
JoJo1982 - 2/10/2014, 1:01 AM
Why can't a black actor or even Latino actor play a fictional white character that is not define by their race at all

Did Johnny being white in the comics have anything to do with any FF stories...... Nope
JuneThePanda - 2/10/2014, 1:04 AM
You just proved his point. It doesn't change anything at all so it shouldn't matter if it's changed. I'm half black and I love the Human Torch. I don't care if he's white or black. I like the character for his personality etc. not because he's white with blue eyes and blonde hair.
Himura - 2/10/2014, 1:04 AM
Need I remind you guys of the words the great Martin Luther King Jr once said

"Do not judge a man by the color of his skin but by the content of his character."

Grow up kids. There's more to the world besides just white people and America. Please check your ethno-centric views at the door. Its 2014. America has a black President. Its legal for gay people to get married. Weed is legal for recreational use in 2 states (medical use it many others).

Get with the times or get left behind with all the ignorant folk. Its up to you to grow up.
JoJo1982 - 2/10/2014, 1:08 AM
Lmao@ psychomaniac
JuneThePanda - 2/10/2014, 1:09 AM
He hasn't auditioned anyone else? Gee whiz mister I didn't know you knew everything going with Fox and the new FF film. Please tell me more about who else is in the official casting. You don't know what is going on with the film other than what rumors have been posted on sites like this. Get over it and yourself. Like I said no one is going to take you seriously if you are going to repeat the same phrases with f-words all over. I'm done trying to reason with such an ignorant dude.
PsychoManiacJacky - 2/10/2014, 1:09 AM
Alright guys I got some amazing casting ideas, hold on just hear me out.

Benedict Cumberbatch as The Black Panther

Leonardo DiCaprio as Luke Cage

Ah come on guys, but they are great actors....what's wrong with a little diversity and change? Just hear me out! Hold on lemme call Marvel. *grabs seashell*
staypuffed - 2/10/2014, 1:10 AM
You proved there's no point?
No, you've proved you're a mothe[frick]ing idiot.
JoJo1982 - 2/10/2014, 1:10 AM

It looks like they pretty ignore that line from MLK

Cause there is nothing they can say after that lol
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 1:12 AM
I heard that the Klan is going to come into this thread and have Netman's back!:P

I've seen this argument so many times that I am no longer shocked by the inanity of the argument. You argue about the skin color of the character but then claim that it's not racist. Your ENTIRE argument is about the color of his skin, hence it is RACIAL! You may not like it if they change the character but there is no way to argue against it without sounding at least a LITTLE racist. And, without naming names, some of the arguments and commentary that have been spit out, in the past, were EXTREMELY racist. We have so little to go on, as it pertains to this movie, that the level of anger that I am seeing is laughable. Jacky has the right idea.
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 1:13 AM
And that idea is to shit on this argument with insanity!!!
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 1:14 AM

CONGRATULATIONS!! You got through an entire comment without "f-bombing" this shit out of it. How do you feel? Do you feel like you're free at last?
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 1:14 AM
It appears as though Netman has a dream........
JuneThePanda - 2/10/2014, 1:14 AM
Black Panther's race is integral to his character.
Luke Cage yeah that can def be any race. Leo though? Dude would need to bulk up and idk still can't see it but he is a pretty good actor.
What else ya got?
JoJo1982 - 2/10/2014, 1:15 AM

Benedict Cumberbatch as The Black Panther???

I don't think the black community would like a white man a BLACK panther... Period not just bc of the comic character..... Hey good try with that

Heck Dave Chappelle play a Kkk leader so why not lol
staypuffed - 2/10/2014, 1:15 AM
Netman, I don't want to debate this. I want to destroy you. Humiliate you. Show you how [frick]ing stupid, racist and idiotic this notion is. As you just said - it makes no damned difference.
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 1:15 AM
After all, he didn't land on Marvel Comics..........Marvel Comics landed on him!!
jimoakley666 - 2/10/2014, 1:16 AM
@JuneThePanda - So, how would you feel if they changed Johnny to a woman because that actress had the same personality? And then made Sue a man and Reed gay? Change after change after change because the actors own personality is similar to the character he's playing? They're actors. They get paid to play characters different to themselves. Unless you assume Anthony Hopkins is a cannibalistic butler from Asgaard?

It's not even a case of race, though. People like to play that up for some 'holier than thou' point scoring thing, but I'm sure the same people who don't want Human Torch to be portrayed as a black guy would equally not want to see him portrayed as a 10 year old ("must hate kids") or a woman ("must hate women") or a man in his 80's ("must hate old people"), a French guy with a very strong accent ("must hate the French") or as a fuking flaming dolphin ("must hate aquatic mammals"). Maybe they just wanna see the guy from the comic they love?
CoulsonLives - 2/10/2014, 1:17 AM
Make him at least an already established black superhero. No race changing anymore please...
staypuffed - 2/10/2014, 1:18 AM
This is different from turning Black Panther white and Wonder Woman male. Black Panther's heritage and background is CRUCIAL to his character. Without it, he falls apart. And Diana represents powerful women, inspiriting them to confident and fantastic. Johnny Storm doesn't walk around with a flag that says "GO WHITE PEOPLE!"
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 1:18 AM
In the End, we will remember not the words of Netman, but the silence of our Gusto.
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 1:19 AM

Sooooo.........you're not feeling free at last? God Almighty, free at last?
JoJo1982 - 2/10/2014, 1:19 AM
Yeah u can't really change the race of Black Panther cause like said before his skinned plays a big part to his history.... So try again
loki668 - 2/10/2014, 1:21 AM
We must learn to live together as comic book fans or perish together as 1to10.
staypuffed - 2/10/2014, 1:21 AM
Dirty [frick]? Are you kidding me?
Stop while you're not ahead.
davideodus - 2/10/2014, 1:22 AM
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