The man playing the Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot had one thought when he put on his costume for the first time.
"I was like, 'This is a lot tighter than I expected,'" Jordan told the New York Daily News on Friday (Oct. 3).
Although Jordan did not give the newspaper a whole lot of other details about the August 2015 release, the fact that he acknowledged actually wearing a Fantastic Four suit is a bit of news itself. There has been a lot of speculation -- helped along by a few misguided or out-of-context quotes from co-stars Miles Teller and Kate Mara, along with himself -- about just how many liberties director Josh Trank is taking with the mythology of Marvel's First Family. So while a lot will seem new, it does appear that we'll get to see the Four in some version of their iconic outfits.
As for the ugly, racially tinged backlash that has greeted Jordan's casting from some segments of the fan community, the actor has a simple response: "I don't think about it. Can't make everybody happy. I don't think anything about it."
But he did reveal that putting a different spin on Mr. Fantastic, the Storm siblings and the Thing was a mandate that he and his director really wanted to push through: "It's something that we kind of willed to happen, which was really important to me and Josh. We're lucky we had a studio behind us that really supported our ambition and our want for change. Now we have something really epic."
Jordan admitted that getting a chance to play an iconic comic-book superhero is one he couldn't turn down, saying, "I loved comic books. Japanese animation, cartoons, so to be able to play a character that I always fantasized about and always wanted to be -- to have powers and stuff like that -- and to be a part of Marvel's family, it's a huge deal for me. I geek out about it."
That sets Jordan apart from Teller and Mara, both of whom have confessed to having almost no knowledge of the Fantastic Four canon before taking their roles. Do his comments make you feel better, worse or indifferent about the new Fantastic Four?
Fantastic Four opens on Aug. 7, 2015.