‘If You’re Allowed to Change a Character’s Race Then Aren’t You Allowed to Change Everything?’
It’s the classic slippery slope logical fallacy – the idea that one change will lead to a bunch of other catastrophic and unrelated changes. In this case, if a character who was white in the comic is Black in the film then the entire story can and will be altered. One person who commented on Michael B. Jordan being cast as Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four reboot said, “While we’re at it…make Reed a short redhead, make Sue the tallest of the group, and give Ben Grimm a Southern accent so that, you know, they look and sound NOTHING like the Fantastic Four that has already been established for decades.” It’s important to realize the reason for the sudden racial changes in casting for comic books-turned-movies is the fact that many of the comics were created in a time that the general consumer did not believe Black people belonged in the comic book world. Now, many comic creators want to embrace diversity, and incorporating Black characters in the movie adaptations of the comic books is a pretty great way to do so.