Friday, February 21, 2014

Everyone's a Racist, unless they're not

In case you missed it, earlier this week Fox announced the new cast for the Fantastic Four reboot. The big controversy (other than who are these guys?) is that Johnny Storm is going to be played by an African American actor, Michael B. Jordan. This has basically split nerds into two camps. "Johnny Storm should be white because he is white in the comics" and "shut up, racist".

I guess there's a third camp too. "Who cares, this movie is going to SUUUUCCCCKKKK"

I don't really like the cast because they're all too young and young equals origin story and origin stories kinda blow. We're about 1 year removed from Jonathan Hickman's amazing run on the Fantastic Four and I would MUCH rather see a movie based on parts of it than another stupid origin story. They might as well rename the film Fantastic Four Babies.

I will say however that I don't believe that everyone that has problems with the casting of an African American guy to play a fictional white character is automatically a racist. In case you didn't know, comic book fans can be a little fanatical. The idea that they want to see movies based on comics look JUST like the comics isn't that absurd.

I'm not saying there aren't people out there that are opposed to this casting because their racist. I'm sure there are plenty, I'm just not so quick to point that finger as some.




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