Josh Trank responds to fan complaints about his Fantastic Four changes

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Jul 11, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

It’s no secret there’s been plenty of hate going around for director Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four movie -- with some of it aimed at the controversial casting of Michael B. Jordan in the role of the blond-haired, blue-eyed and (historically) very white Johnny Storm. But unless you've been living under a rock these past few months, it's nothing new under the sun.

In a new interview with the L.A. Times, Trank tried to alleviate people’s fears -- as well as respond to the haters -- of 20th Century Fox’s upcoming superhero movie starring Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell as Marvel’s First Family, and why he thinks it won’t matter. Would it surprise you to learn that, in a weird way, Trank welcomed the whole hoopla surrounding the movie?

"People are religious about comics the way people are religious about the Bible," he said. "But I think it's true for a lot of movies that you can take license with adapting the underlying material and you will be forgiven for it if it's good—and you will not be if it's bad."

Even with all the bad hype surrounding Fantastic Four (including him "quitting" the gig of a lifetime: directing a spinoff Star Wars movie), Trank claims that he wouldn't have done anything differently.

"I made every single choice knowing that people would question it," he said. "And what better reaction than to have people then go see the movie and understand it and feel like maybe they've learned something about the world, to not question the next thing they think is going to be stupid or weird. I think that's my purpose right now in my life."

And what did Trank have to say about casting Jordan against race? The Chronicle director says his main goal was to reflect changing times, all the while remaining true to the heart of the comics. "You can't just keep telling a story the same way over and over again," he said. "And I think it only helps the world to be more honest with young kids, to show them the world that they go walk outside and see."

What do you guys think?

Fantastic Four will stretch into movie theaters on Aug. 7.

(via L.A. Times)