According to The Wrap, Michael B. Jordan is in contention to play Johnny “The Human Torch” Storm for the reboot of Fantastic Four being directed by Josh Trank. The news seems only natural considering their previous work together on Chronicle, but for those who might need convincing on why he’s a great choice, here are five quick reasons:
1) The Wire 2) Friday Night Lights 3) Parenthood 4) Chronicle 5) Fruitvale Station
Jordan has displayed both a shrewd acting instinct and the ability to be effortlessly charismatic — two traits that would work well for The Human Torch. Not to mention a lot of other roles as well. He’s a stellar young talent, and for those that haven’t seen The Wire, let’s just say that he owns his character Wallace, turning every big beat into a heavy gut punch. And that’s when he was 15. The guy’s got skills.
Unfortunately, some are perplexed by the ethnicity problem that crops up if he gets the role, and in some ways it’s understandable; I don’t know how I feel about a non-British actor playing an American superhero either. But seriously, watch those things and try to say with a straight face that this guy doesn’t deserve a bigger spotlight (and possibly the ability to safely light his entire body on fire).