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I remember when it was announced that Josh Trank was going to be rebooting 'The Fantastic Four.' I was ecstatic. One of the few remaining Marvel properties whose rights do not lie with Marvel Studios, 'The Fantastic Four' suffered two abysmal film adaptations in 2005 and 2007. Josh Trank's directorial debut, 'Chronicle' was a triumph of an superhero/supervillain origin story, so it was exciting to imagine what he could do with an established superhero team. Today, rumors are swirling that Trank's Fantastic Four may have just found its Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch). Michael B. Jordan is in contention for the role, which would mark a 'Chronicle' reunion between Jordan and Trank. The Human Torch is the youngest member of the Fantastic Four and endowed with the power to engulf himself in flame and fly. As of this posting, no one at Fox would comment on the speculation. The new 'Fantastic Four' is due in theaters March 6th, 2014.
Yes. Not just yes, but hell yes! I'll admit, I'm a bit over-the-moon with my love for 'Chronicle,' and that could be affecting my judgement. However, you don't even need to like 'Chronicle' to appreciate Jordan's performance in the movie, and to recognize how he would make a perfect fit for Johnny Storm. His character in 'Chronicle' was a brash, hot-headed showboat, and yet there was a constant undercurrent of compassion. Jordan is also naturally charming and has effortless comedic timing. If that doesn't sum up everything we want to see in The Human Torch, I don't know what does. I'm not super adept in the history of The Fantastic Four, but to my knowledge there has never been an African-American Human Torch, and I think it's about time. As The Wrap points out, colorblind comic book movie casting thus far has primarily involved villains; Michael Clarke Duncan in 'Daredevil' and Jamie Foxx in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.' Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury represents the sole exception. It's long past time for a move like this, a move toward colorblind superhero casting. The question now becomes, if Jordan is cast, will an African-American actress be hired to play Sue Storm, as the two are supposed to be siblings? There are ways to develop the characters to make that relationship work one way or the other, but these next few months of casting news should be interesting.
What do you think? Do you like the idea of Jordan as Johnny Storm? Do you think they'll cast an African-American actress as Sue Storm?
Source: The Wrap