"Things change and time goes on. It's 2013 right now."
A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Chronicle star Michael B. Jordan was the frontrunner to play Johnny Storm, aka Human Torch, in Josh Trank's upcoming Fantastic Four Reborn.
Much of the fan response was positive, but not surprisingly there were a few naysayers unhappy with the idea of a black Human Torch, as the character is traditionally portrayed as white. And while Jordan wouldn't comment on whether or not he's starring in the film, he did have something to say about the negative remarks:
"Things change and time goes on. It's 2013 right now," the actor told USA Today in a recent interview. "The characteristics of the Human Torch are his name is Johnny Storm, he's charismatic, and he's a playboy. That's it. You know what I'm saying? That's all there is." As for the positive response? "I get a lot of support and a lot of love from comic book geeks. I love it," he said.
Still, this doesn't mean that Jordan has the role just yet. "[Trank and I] are good friends. It's something that if it happened I would be ecstatic," he said with an "off-the-record" wink. "I'd love to be a part of it."