During a recent conversation with ‘Geeks of Color,’ director Josh Tank talked about Fantastic Four movie and wanted a black actress for the role of Sue Storm in Fantastic Four.
Fantastic Four’s director revealed that he faced a lot of challenges and difficulties when he wanted a black woman as the invisible superhero in the Marvel movie. He stated:
“There were a lot of controversial conversations that were had behind the scenes on that. I was mostly interested in a black Sue Storm, a black Johnny Storm, and a black Franklin Storm.”
However, he said that the studio did not allow a black woman for a superhero role and regretted not walking away from the movie after the studio rejected his request. He continued:
“But also, when you’re dealing with a studio on a massive movie like that, everybody wants to keep an open mind to, like, who the big stars are going to be. ‘Maybe it’ll be Margot Robbie,’ or something like that. But when it came down to it, I found a lot of pretty heavy pushback on casting a black woman in that role.”
“When I look back on that, I should have just walked when that realization sort of hit me, and I feel embarrassed about that, that I didn’t just out of principle.
Because those aren’t the values I stand for in my own life; those weren’t the values then or ever for me. Because I’m somebody who always talks about standing up for what I believe in, even if it means burning my career out. I feel bad that I didn’t take it to the mat with that issue. I feel like I failed in that regard.”
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