February 20, 2014

The new Fantastic Four have been cast

And they are:

We've discussed the rumors of Jordan, a black actor, playing the blond-haired, blue-eyed Johnny before; however, looking at the images of the entire quartet -- especially Teller as Reed -- all one can say is "WTF????" As someone noted in the comment section of the first link, what is this -- "Fantastic Four 90210??" Teller looks like he's thirteen. Bell doesn't appear much older. And the only one of the four I've ever seen in a film (which doesn't mean much, admittedly) is Mara (she played Heath Ledger's oldest daughter in Brokeback Mountain).

And, naturally, the PC Police are out and about, crying "racism" when anyone dares to take issue with Jordan playing the Torch. The funniest thing about this is that at least one commenter takes this on in ... an ironic way:

Why Jonny?[sic] Why not Reed? A black guy can't be smart? He has to be the dumb jock?

Really, I think Reed being black makes a ton more sense if you were going to racebend anyone. Not that they should be. They should be promoting black heroes instead of using white ones with black actors.

At the CBR forum on the topic, this comment might be even better: "Like someone suggested they should turn Richards and Grimm into gay lovers to fill the quota."

Posted by Hube at February 20, 2014 08:45 AM | TrackBack

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I have a huge crush on Kate Mara so can't complain there...

But seriously? Just looking at the pics Michael B Jordan looks better for the role of Ben & Johnny while Jamie Bell (at least in the pic they posted) could be Johnny storm easy.

Next time can we get a casting director that's actually seen the comic?

Posted by: Nate Winchester at February 20, 2014 09:25 AM

It seems to me that readers of comic books are older white guys while watchers of the movies are more 12-19 year olds. So you cast to your audience.

Posted by: Arthur at February 20, 2014 09:47 AM

I agree with Nate in saying that Kate Mara is hot.

However, the Human Torch is not black and never has been. Look, I can understand changing the race of supporting characters (Perry White and Heimdall come to mind; also Alicia Masters in the original Fantastic Four movies) but this doesn't make any sense. It sounds like yet another PC move and naturally, all the MSM sites are calling fans "racists" for being critical of the casting choices. I think this movie will be awful and make the previous two look like masterpieces in comparison. Jessica Alba is still a hotter Invisible Woman than Kate Mara, though.

If Marvel wants black superheroes, they should do a better job of promoting their already-existing ones.

Posted by: Carl at February 20, 2014 01:37 PM

Jessica Alba hotter? That's it, Carl! FLAMEWAR!!!!

(seriously though, did anyone buy her & Chris Evans as siblings? or even her as a blonde?)

My favorite comment still comes from this cracked article:

"All I have to say is that, as a black man, I have no desire to watch a movie about a black guy who's always on fire."

Posted by: Nate Winchester at February 20, 2014 04:16 PM

LOL, Nate. And come to think of it, it was a bit difficult for me to buy them as siblings.

Posted by: Carl at February 20, 2014 04:21 PM

I'm with Carl on this one -- Alba is absolutely smokin'!!

Posted by: Hube at February 21, 2014 07:30 AM

I buy Alba and Evans as siblings more than I buy Mara and Jordan. I really don't care if they muck with the traditional races of the characters. Marvel did that themselves with the Ultimates comic line. But things still have to make narrative sense. I guess the Storms will be written in a step-siblings or adopted or something now.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at February 21, 2014 07:45 AM

"Marvel did that themselves with the Ultimates comic line."

True, which at least gives a basis for The Avengers-related films. There was (is) no such basis at all for the FF, even in the Ultimate line.

Posted by: Hube at February 21, 2014 07:50 AM

Yeah, Johnny Storm wasn't black in the Ultimate line. Ultimate Nick Fury preceded the MCU Fury by at least a decade; it was part of a deal with Samuel L. Jackson: they could use his likeness if he was allowed to play the character in movies.

Posted by: Carl at February 21, 2014 01:27 PM

I was really hoping this movie would stay in developmental hell and the rights would revert back to Marvel so they could do their first superhero team justice on the silver screen.

I really wish FF, X-Men and Spider-Man were a part of the MCU.

Posted by: Carl at February 21, 2014 01:52 PM

Yes to FF & Spidey, no to X-men since I've always felt X-men worked better in their own, isolated universe than with the wider Marvel.

1) It gets really weird when mutants are all hated and such when shouldn't Hulk, Captain America, Spidey, Thor or any number of other heroes should be seen as the same as mutants in the wider public. I mean, WE the audience, know they're not mutants, but with what the public in Marvel is supposed to know, a great many heroes should be seen as the same as mutants. (yeah, I know the Ultimate line tried working with this, but it's still faulty at times with its selective application)

2) Where are the mutants when s*** hits the fan? It might be understandable if say... Xavier's school was in Kansas so we could handwave Avengers as "well they couldn't get there in time" but it's established as in New York state. And they have a top of the line private jet! Why bother with Hawkeye or Black Widow when you could recruit any random mutant that is probably going to be just as or more powerful. (yes I've heard Quicksilver and.... what's her name, Scarlet Widow? I forgot - will be in an Avengers movie soon, but I think it's a mistake even though I know it's from the source material - unless they alter how those two got their powers)

Posted by: Nate Winchester at February 21, 2014 04:08 PM