'Fantastic Four' star Michael B. Jordan on black Human Torch backlash

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Michael B. Jordan was initially bothered by angry internet "trolls" upset by Fox's decision to cast a black actor to play Marvel superhero Human Torch in the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot, but he's over it now.

In an Entertainment Weekly op-ed published on Friday, Jordan admits "you're not supposed to go on the internet when you're cast as a superhero," but he couldn't resist after it was announced he'd be playing Johnny Storm, the brother of fellow Fantastic Four member Susan Storm, who is being played by Kate Mara ("House of Cards").

"I didn't want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: 'A black guy? I don't like it. They must be doing it because Obama's president' and 'It's not true to the comic." Or even, "They've destroyed it!'" Jordan said. "It used to bother me, but it doesn't anymore."

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Michael B. Jordan, a cast member in the upcoming film "Creed," poses before the Warner Bros. presentation during CinemaCon 2015 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Left to right, Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell, cast members in the upcoming film "Fantastic Four," accept the CinemaCon Ensemble Award at the 2015 CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards at Caesars Palace on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Left to right, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, cast members in the upcoming film "The Fantastic Four," pose together before the 20th Century Fox presentation during CinemaCon 2015 at Caesars Palace on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: (L-R) Actors Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Miles Teller pose backstage with the 'CinemaCon Ensemble Award' for 'Fantastic Four' at The CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards Brought to you by The Coca-Cola Company at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for CinemaCon)

Michael B. Jordan as Marvel superhero Human Torch in the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot. (Photo via 20th Century Fox)

Actor Michael B. Jordan, a cast member in the upcoming film "Creed," poses before the Warner Bros. presentation at CinemaCon 2015 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Actor Michael B. Jordan attends The 2015 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actor Michael B. Jordan speaks onstage at the 2014 ADCOLOR Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for ADCOLOR Awards)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Actor Michael B. Jordan attends the Samsung Studio LA Launch Event across from the Grove on April 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Samsung)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 01: Actor Michael B. Jordan takes a selfie with a Canon at the Canon PIXMA PRO City Senses Galary at Austin Music Hall in Austin on October 1, 2014. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Canon)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: Michael B. Jordan sets sail to celebrate new AXE Gold Temptation at Pier 81 on August 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Axe)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 22: Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Gianopulos (L) and actor Michael B. Jordan attend 2015 Will Rogers “Pioneer of the Year” Dinner Honoring Jim Gianopulos at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 22, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 22: Actor Michael B. Jordan attends 2015 Will Rogers “Pioneer of the Year” Dinner Honoring Jim Gianopulos at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 22, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 01: Actor Michael B. Jordan hosts the Canon PIXMA PRO City Senses Galary at Austin Music Hall in Austin on October 1, 2014. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Canon)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: Actor Michael B. Jordan attends 20th Century Fox Invites You to a Special Presentation Highlighting Its Future Release Schedule at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
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That's good, because TheWrap broke the casting news over two years ago. But "Fantastic Four" hits theaters on Aug. 7, which perhaps explains why Jordan has waited so long to address fans of the franchise focusing on the color of his skin.

Still, Jordan hopes race won't be a as much of a talking point in the future, and his performance will make more studios consider casting "more people of color in other prominent roles."

"And maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that 'it has to be true to the comic book.' Or maybe we have to reach past them," Jordan wrote. "To the trolls on the internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends' friends and who they're interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It's okay to like it.

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