Michael B. Jordan continues to establish himself as one of the top young faces in Hollywood. After proving his potential in TV series such as “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights,” Jordan’s breakout role on the big screen came with the critically acclaimed film Fruitvale Station.
Jordan has now positioned himself as a leading man and will star in the upcoming film Creed in the fall. But before he shows the world his vicious left hook, Jordan stars as the Human Torch in Fantastic Four.
The film is a reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise, but the 2015 version stands alone as Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell team up to save the world from their former friend who is set on revenge.
Although the film has amazing special effects and action, there is also a family dynamic which makes it more impactful on a human level.
Jordan plays a reckless youth who has an often turbulent relationship with his father Dr. Storm (Reg E. Cathey). The role allowed Jordan to channel his teenage years when he wanted to live by his own rules.
“I feel like kids are impatient these days, period,” Jordan said. “They want to grow up fast, but it’s the older generation’s job to teach patience and understanding. For me, playing that reckless side was cool to go back to and relive those days.”
Overall, Fantastic Four does a great job of showing how important it is for fathers to help guide their children and keep them on the right path.
“The father-son dynamic was very important,” Jordan said. “You get a better sense of the family and the relationship I have with my father, Dr. Storm. It’s also relatable to guys out there who may not feel as if they are living up to expectations set by their fathers. Sometimes, it takes awhile for us to decide what road [we want] to go down. It was great to have that dynamic in the film.”