Director of Fantastic Four (2015) Josh Trank revealed that he faced pushback by the studio when he tries to cast a black actress as Sue Storm AKA Invisible women. But the role of Sue Storm was played by Kate Mara, along with her brother Johnny Storm played by Michael B. Jordan. In the Marvel comics both sister and brother are portrayed a white, but in the film, it showed that sue was adopted sister of Johnny Storm. Trank selected complete new cast for the franchise of following Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2005 and 2007.
When Jordan being cast as Johnny Storm some Marvel fans responded negatively, a character in Marvel comics typically been drawn as white also in the 2000s movies character was played by Chris Evans. Trank’s movie kept the both siblings Johnny and Sue, but in the movie character of Sue was established as an adopted daughter of Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey), for the whole storm family originally Trank was intended to cast black actors to play the roles of storm family.
Speaking to Geeks of Color, Trank said:
Both the brother and father are black in Fantastic Four, so certainly it would have make more sense to cast black actress as Sue rather than force the movie to show backstory about Sue that she was adopted by Storms, too much controversy was created by racist fans who have issues with Jordan’s casting and it will be more if Jordan castes black actress as Sue in Fantastic Four, and it’s not clear why the Fox didn’t want Trank to cast black actress.
Michael B. Jordan portrayed Johnny Storm, Kate Mara played Sue Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm and Miles Teller played Reed Richards before the rights went to Disney the film was released by Fox studios. Now after acquiring 20th Century Fox, Disney have rights of Fantastic Four and in the future, they are planning to introduce them in Marvel cinematic Universe.
This 2015 Fantastic Four reboot was the lowest grossing movie and it didn’t received positive reviews from the fans and critics and also earned only $56 million in U.S and $168 million worldwide with estimated movie budget of $155 million.