Fantastic Four Reboot: Michael B. Jordan Hits Back At Criticism Over Cast

March 6, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The cast for the Fantastic Four reboot were finally chosen last month, but fans criticized the casting of Michael B. Jordan, a black actor, as Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch because the character has traditionally been white.

Jordan addressed the criticism at an event in Rome, reported the blog Cinefilos.

“It was expected. You kinda know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way, it’s a continuity thing more than anything. People don’t like change too much. But annoyed? Eh, you just kinda accept it, it is what it is,” he said. “You can’t make everybody happy. You just gotta accept that and know. I’m an actor, I have to do my job. I’m going to do my job the best I can and the way I’ve been doing it my entire life, my entire career. I grew up a comic book guy, I read comic books as a kid growing up, and the Fantastic Four/Human Torch is one of my favorite characters so I’m going to give it my everything. I can’t wait. I don’t really let it bother me at all. I just want to go into it and do the best job I can. We’ll see what happens.”

Jordan added that he’s going to have a great time playing the character.

“The Human Torch is, you know, that’s fun. That’s going to be a good time…To play a superhero? That’s dreams coming true. It’s not going to be hard. It’s going to be fun to kind of show a side of me that I don’t really get to show on screen, to be a little bit lighter, funnier, just more personality. It’s going to be fun.”

Meanwhile, Kate Mara (“House of Cards”) was cast as Sue storm, aka Invisible Girl; Miles Teller (“The Spectacular Now”) was cast as Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic; and Jamie Bell (“Jumper”) was cast as Ben Grimm, aka The Thing.

The film is slated to hit theaters in June 2015.

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