11 Movie Casting Choices The Public Couldn't Handle

11. Michael B. Jordan - Johnny Storm (Fantastic Four)


Because racists can always be counted on to kick up a fuss, there was a significant outcry online when it was announced that the brilliant Michael B. Jordan would be playing Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch in Josh Trank's 2015 Fantastic Four reboot.

Though some cried foul that Storm, a traditionally white character in the comics, wouldn't look "source-accurate" as played by a black man, other impossibly angry comic book fans opined that Jordan's casting stank of the ever-fearful "political correctness gone mad."

This was while completely ignoring that Storm's race is of little relevance in the comics, and better still, that Jordan was a terrific choice for the part.

The backlash was significant enough that writer-director Trank reportedly slept with a gun on his nightstand during production.

Furthermore, Trank also wanted to cast a black actress to play Sue Storm, but was overruled by Fox, resulting in Kate Mara - who Trank ultimately clashed with throughout production - being cast.

Though the movie turned out pretty terrible all-around, Jordan at least seemed philosophical about the silliness of the casting controversy. He said:

"You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero...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."

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