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The cast of the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot is …

The cast of the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot is …
February 20, 2014 JEREMY FEIST

Fantastic Four

Because FOX needs to make a Fantastic Four movie every so often or else they lose the film rights, here comes another reboot of the Fantastic Four. Except you could actually get a little bit excited here because the cast doesn’t sound half bad! A little young, admittedly, but promising at least!

Sources tell THR that the studio is making deals with Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell to star in the project that reboots the Marvel superheroes. Josh Trank is directing. Fantastic Four was the very first comic produced by the Marvel Comics’ 1960s golden age and featured a brilliant scientist, his pilot best friend, his girlfriend and her brother — all of whom are turned into heroes: Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, Invisible Girl and the Human Torch. They fought aliens and monsters, but their arch-foe was Dr. Doom, a one-time roommate of the scientist. SOURCE

See what I mean? Pretty decent cast. Although I’m sure a small but vocal minority is absolutely sharting themselves over the fact that a black guy is the Human Torch, so let’s just cut them off here:

“But Johnny Storm is Sue Storm’s brother! But he’s black and she’s white and NYEH!”

Yes, because siblings are never from different races because things like adoption or second marriages don’t exist. You’re absolutely right.

“Regardless, Johnny Storm has always been white and they’re changing the character too much and NYEH!”

Just a note on characterization here: If a quintessential part of your character’s personality is their race, you’ve written a bad character. For example, you would describe Johnny Storm as quick-witted, brash, and, well, hot-tempered. If you describe Johnny as “he’s white,” you’re missing the point.

“They’re just trying to shoehorn in diversity and NYEH!”

Look, as someone who had to cast a show in the past and who definitely had to take diversity into consideration: tokenism is bad. Very, very bad. But at the same time, if you’re making a conscious effort to cast only white people instead of at least considering the option of keeping race open, that’s worse. Seriously, Jordan is a guy who cut his teeth on The Wire, dude knows what he’s doing.

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Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.