10 White Comic-Book Characters Played by Black Actors in the Movie Adaptations
It’s rare to find traditionally white characters portrayed by Latino actors on teen TV series. It’s also rare to find traditionally white characters portrayed by Asian actors on any screen. It’s far from rare to find the opposite of each. BUT, at least we’re starting to experience more color-blind casting than ever before. Look at the new edition of Power Rangers — you’ve got a Latina portraying a character that was OG Asian, an Asian portraying a character that was OG black, a black man portraying a character that was OG white… It’s pretty cool, TBH.
So, that got us to wondering about comic-book characters. If you check ’em out, you’ll notice that a great majority are white on paper — but Hollywood changes things up here and there. Did you know Common was originally tapped to portray Green Lantern in the 2011 movie of the same name until it fell through? Ryan Reynolds eventually snagged the part. Huh… we wonder if it would’ve been any better if the rapper were a part of the project, but we digress. Anyway, here are 10 white comic-book characters played by black actors in the movie adaptations:
Johnny Storm (The Human Torch), Fantastic Four
The originator of Johnny Storm in the live-action Fantastic Four, Chris Evans, fits the bill of the comic-book character's physical description. Light hair, blue eyes, between 5'10 and 6'... Michael B. Jordan, however, only fits the height requirements.
Nevertheless, he made a bomb (in the best way) Human Torch. It's a shame the movie bombed (in the worst way) at the box office.
When an interviewer asked how MBJ and his on-screen sister, Kate Mara, could be siblings when one's black and one's white, he answered, "They could be raised as brother and sister. There's a whole bunch of family dynamics that could be without the obvious adoption." It's that simple, guys.
Photo: 20th Century Fox