Michael B. Jordan is The Human Torch: Will He Inspire More Black Superheroes?

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Many are celebrating the official casting of Michael B. Jordan as The Human Torch in the new Fantastic Four movie today. And for good reason: big budget films tend to shy away from casting black actors in lead superhero roles, even when they're historically black characters (see: the Green Lantern), so having Jordan cast as a character that's typically white is a huge step.

But Jordan's Human Torch is far from the first black superhero. Hell, he's not even the first superhero Jordan has played. There have been quite a few black superheroes in movies in the past, but it's never been quite enough to convince movie executives to give a black superhero their own franchise. Here's hoping that Jordan's new role convinces them to make that Luke Cage movie that everyone's been begging for.

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