‘Fantastic Four’ director Josh Trank claims that executives prevented him from casting a Black actress as Sue Storm

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While Josh Trank’s ill-fated Fantastic Four reboot failed to create a new franchise for Marvel’s First Family, the 2015 movie was ahead of the comic book movie curve in at least one important respect. The writer-director made the bold choice to cast Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka the Human Torch, who had traditionally been depicted in comics and onscreen as a white character. In a recent interview on the "The Meaning Of" podcast, Trank revealed that he had similar intentions for Johnny’s sister, Sue Storm, but received "quite a bit of heavy pushback on casting a black woman in that role.”