Though it has settled down somewhat, there remains a small but determined contingent of “Fantastic Four” fans who are not happy with the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Fox’s upcoming reboot of the property.
Though Jordan has commented on the backlash before, he has now written a lengthy response to his critics in a letter posted on EW in which he makes his feelings very clear. Here’s an excerpt:
“It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961. Plus, if Stan Lee writes an email to my director saying, “You’re good. I’m okay with this,” who am I to go against that?
Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of ‘Black Film. Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself – a reflection of what a modern family looks like today…
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.”
Speaking of the film, a new piece of artwork has revealed the scale of this incarnation’s version of ‘The Thing’ in relation to the other members. It looks like this take will be quite a bit bigger than Michael Chiklis’ version.