Two weeks after we got final confirmation that he would be the new Human Torch, Michael B. Jordan is speaking up about the vehement reaction from some fans.
Jordan's name has been associated with director Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot longer than any other actor, and it seemed all but certain that he'd be the next Johnny Storm for months before the final casting report hit. That didn't make the decision any less divisive, though. The Internet exploded anew when it was reported that Jordan had officially been tapped to play Johnny, a character who's been portrayed as white throughout his time at Marvel Comics, and while a lot of people praised the choice of an acclaimed up-and-coming star like Jordan to present a new version of the character, others took issue with the change and wondered how it would affect the character's relationship with Kate Mara's Sue. It was Idris Elba as Heimdall all over again, only louder, and yes, even we got in on the debate.
One voice that's been largely silent since the casting announcement was made, though, is that of Jordan himself. While the Internet was busy breaking into camps over his casting, he didn't say much. Now Jordan's finally given us a response to the fan reactions that has a little meat to it.
While at a Cinefilos Q&A event in Rome, Jordan was asked if he was annoyed about the reaction to his casting. Here's what he had to say:
"It was expected. You kinda know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way, it's a continuity thing more than anything. People don't like change too much," Jordan said. "But annoyed? Eh, you just kinda accept it, it is what it is. You can't make everybody happy. You just gotta accept that and know. I'm an actor, I have to do my job. I'm going to do my job the best I can and the way I've been doing it my entire life, my entire career. I grew up a comic book guy, I read comic books as a kid growing up, and the Fantastic Four/Human Torch is one of my favorite characters so I'm going to give it my everything. I can't wait. I don't really let it bother me at all. I just want to go into it and do the best job I can, and walk away from it. We'll see what happens March, 2015."
Jordan also spoke briefly about why he wanted to take the role of Johnny in the first place. The short answer? He thought it would be fun.
"The Human Torch is, 'yknow, that's fun. That's going to be a good time...To play a superhero? That's dreams coming true. It's not going to be hard. It's going to be fun to kind of show a side of me that I don't really get to show on screen, to be a little bit lighter, funnier, just more personality. It's going to be fun."
So, whether anyone likes it or not, Jordan seems primed to enjoy his time as a member of Marvel's First Family. We'll see if that enjoyment comes through on the big screen next year.