Re: "Flame On!" The Human Torch Thread
The thing to me is,no one is saying (well,I'll at least speak for myself) that a black actor can't portray Human Torch-and do it very well.But at the end of the day,it's just not the same character as reflected by the comic.
Denzel Washington is a great actor.Could he play Abraham Lincoln,well?He probably could.But,it'll most likely never happen,because Lincoln wasn't black.(And by the same token,Danial Day Lewis couldn't get the role of Malcolm X,regardless how great an actor he is-nor should he.)
Now I know the knee jerk reaction will be "You can't compare historical persons with comic book characters!" but honestly...why not?Is it some kind of "backward thinking" to want the characters you've grown up reading and whose histories you've internalized backwards and forwards to reflect the original source as much as possible?
And not to beat a stale line into the ground,but this goes for characters of other races as well.(I don't want a white Blade,Falcon,etc)