ICYMI: Late last month, when Michael B. Jordan was cast to play The Human Torch in an upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, some people on the Internetz freaked out. Why? Not because of his acting (which is great, and everyone should watch Fruitvale Station!) or anything like that—but instead because he's black. Seriously. This is what people were pissed off about.
Then, there was also the news that House of Cards star Kate Mara will play Jordan's sister in the movie because their characters, Sue and Johnny Storm, are brother and sister in the comic. Reportedly the filmmakers have come up with an easy fix for their differing appearances—one of them is adopted—but it still wasn't enough for some comic fans, who still criticized the choice.
According to Comingsoon.net, Jordan was interviewed in Rome and talked about the issue:
"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. But annoyed? Eh, you just kinda accept it, it is what it is. You can't make everybody happy.
He also shared why he took the role in the first place.
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. We'll see what happens."
Now, everyone go watch Fruitvale Station.