Is Fantastic Four’s Human Torch Making a Trip to Superman’s Metropolis?

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Actor Michael B. Jordan has been making quite a name for himself lately, and he's done it without reading a single line. The Chronicle actor set the Internet aflame when he was announced as the new Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch) in the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot from 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX  ) . Jordan has taken the criticisms in stride, telling TMZ "They're still going to go see it anyway" when questioned about the complaints surrounding his casting.

The Fantastic Four's Baxter Building may not be the only superhero hangout that Jordan will be visiting in the coming years, however. According to recent rumors, the actor has also met with director Zack Snyder concerning a potential role in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" film from Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX  ) Warner Bros. studio.

Holy superhero shenanigans, Batman!
If the potential casting rumor proves true, Jordan would have a small part in "Batman vs. Superman," which would expand into a larger part in future DC Comics movies such as the upcoming "Justice League" film. According to the Latino Review report, the studio is looking for "a black actor in his early 20s who is also physically fit." Jordan is 27, but the production is supposedly working from short lists of actors instead of hosting large casting calls. If he has met with Snyder then it's likely that the "early 20s" specification wasn't a dealbreaker.

Who will he play?
Assuming that Jordan does take a role in "Batman vs. Superman," there are two main possibilities concerning the character he would play. The first is Victor Stone, who after an accident involving a failed dimensional travel experiment is transformed by his father into the hero known as Cyborg to save his life. The other is John Stewart, the third person from Earth to be selected by the Guardians as a Green Lantern (originally serving as a backup to Hal Jordan, who was previously played on the big screen by Ryan Reynolds).

Both options have a little bit of weight behind them. Previous rumors indicated that actors were being sought for the John Stewart role, replacing Hal Jordan in the new DC cinematic continuity. As for Cyborg, Jordan already has some experience with the character: he provided the voice for him in the animated Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox that was released last year.

Of the two, the Cyborg role seems a bit more likely than the Green Lantern due to the rumored desire to have a young actor play the part. While much of the casting has skewed a little young (with Ben Affleck being the biggest exception), Victor Stone was in his late teens when he became Cyborg while John Stewart was an architect and Marine veteran. An "early 20s" actor seems a bit young to fit Stewart's qualifications, but adjusting Stone's origins to make him a college student would work quite well. Of course, it's possible that he would play a different character entirely, perhaps even a traditionally white character such as Dick Grayson or one of the other Robins.

So is it true?
The original source of the rumor is Latino Review, which has had both hits and misses when it comes to film rumors. It's possible that the rumors are true and Michael B. Jordan is set to take a recurring role in the DC cinematic universe in addition to his duties with the Fantastic Four, but it's best to wait for confirmation before getting too excited about the casting decision. A good rule to follow is to assume that everything is just a rumor until it has been officially announced by the studio.

Should the rumor prove true, however, the new role will likely be accepted much more easily than the Human Torch casting was. Of course, the big question is whether Jordan would even be able to fit an additional series of films into his schedule. In addition to Fantastic Four and any sequels that may follow, it's also been announced that he will play Apollo Creed's grandson in the Rocky spinoff Creed, which may launch one or more sequels as well if it proves popular.

The rumor could be interesting if true, regardless of which character he plays. For now, though, it's worth waiting for more information.

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  • Report this Comment On February 25, 2014, at 2:49 PM, Snitchmo wrote:

    You're making the same mistake those comic book fans did: assuming they'll stick to the genre. He could play Wonder Woman as far as YOU know!!! Or Aquaman, or Martian Manhunter, ....Hell, even ALFRED!!!

  • Report this Comment On February 25, 2014, at 4:37 PM, Croaxleigh wrote:

    Well, Wonder Woman and Alfred have already been cast... I could see him as Martian Manhunter, though. ;)

  • Report this Comment On February 25, 2014, at 4:59 PM, Richardragan wrote:

    they sould get a white actor to play Cyborg after all they have allready runed their movies anyway . Turn the tables for once lets see who wouldnt like that i know i wouldnt .just as i dont like the Torch ,Rino , Electro Green Goblin or a white actor playing the Black Panther.I refuse to go see any of their movies i hope it bombs so Disney /Marvel can get them back and do it the way it sould be done.DC movies will never catch up to Disney/Marvel

  • Report this Comment On February 25, 2014, at 5:01 PM, N8sAria wrote:

    There is also the possibility of Aqua Lad or Steel (as long as there isn't a call to Shaquille O'Neal to reprise the character from that abysmal movie).

  • Report this Comment On February 25, 2014, at 8:22 PM, Skyedogdc wrote:


    So they should turn the tables on black actors playing white characters? what about Angelina Jolie playing that black character in wanted? How about prince of persia with Jake Gyllenhaal and then there was the last airbender...can I get some asians in my asian kung-fu epic please? Jessica Alba played sue richards :news flash...she's not white she's latina. This isn't the first time an actor played a character meant for another race nor will it be the last. If you do your history you'd know that white actors have played native american, whites and blacks. Johnny Depp played tonto! back in the day they didn't even bother to hire blacks to play black characters, they'd just take a white guy and put shoe polish on his face.

    Turn the tables for once...please! the tables have turned my friend you just don't like the way they've turned.

    aside from all of that i think micheal b would be a cool martian manhunter. Before you get upset about that, martian manhunter isn't white he only assumed a white identity. He's not even human he can be whatever race he chooses.

  • Report this Comment On February 26, 2014, at 11:10 AM, Locutus1 wrote:

    Movie makers have successfully changed the races of some key comic book characters in the past. I thought Michael Clark Duncan's "Kingpin" in Daredevil was convincing, and Samuel T Jackson's Nick Fury was a surprise until I saw him in character. My question is: aren't Johnny and Sue Storm siblings? I suppose mix-marriages could pull off some amazingly different offspring, but damn! They were nearly twins in appearances over the years. Still having a problem seeing Ben Affleck as the latest Caped Crusader, so what do I know?

  • Report this Comment On February 26, 2014, at 12:12 PM, Croaxleigh wrote:

    Locutus1: I thought that Duncan did a good job as the Kingpin as well. Regarding Nick Fury, they based the film character off of the "Ultimate" version of the character... which was based off of Samuel L. Jackson in the first place. It's also possible (maybe even likely) that Johnny will be adopted in the new FF film (Sue could be instead, of course, but it seems more likely that Hollywood would have a black character adopted by a white family than a white character adopted by a black family. Sort of a "Diff'rent Strokes" thing.)

  • Report this Comment On February 26, 2014, at 8:14 PM, chrismcv wrote:

    I have some thoughts on the casting of a Hollywood adaption of The Atom from DC Comics:

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