After the release of the promo teaser of the new Fantastic Four movie with Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Fruitvale Station) playing Johnny Storm, AKA The Human Torch the expected controversy ensued. Jordan posted an editorial on Entertainment Weekly about all of the hoopla. Here is an excerpt:
This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That’s the message of the movie, if people can just allow themselves to see it.
Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.
To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.
The movies origin story is based largely on the "Ultimate Fantastic Four" comics. It offers a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original superhero team. The story is about four outsiders who are teleported to a dangerous alternate universe, a universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives changed forever they must learn how to control their new capabilities and work together to save the world.
20th Century Fox is set to release Fantastic Four on the big screen August 7th.