Jordan wrote an op-ed published Friday on Entertainment Weekly’s website:
“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.
This is a family movie about four friends—two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister—who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team. That’s the message of the movie…To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer…this is the world we live in.”
YOU TELL EM VINCE
To be honest, I was pretty pissed that they were doing a black human torch when I heard it. I was thinking they were doing it for shock value; that they weren’t respecting the Comic history; that they were relying on something other than the story to sell the movie. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE MBJ, but something just felt off about the casting choice. Then I realized what was actually pissing me off: Michael B Jordan wasn’t the wrong choice for the Human Torch, it was a total pussy move to have a white Susan Storm. Whatever; I’m not pretending to know anything about race relations. Let’s just leave it with this: the movie looks fucking badass and I can’t wait to see it.