20th Century Fox
May 23, 2015 8:56 AM EDT

Actor Michael B. Jordan, who will play Johnny Storm—aka The Human Torch—in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, is firing back at online commenters who did not think he looked the part because he is black and the character has blond hair and blue eyes in the comic book. Jordan wrote an op-ed published Friday on Entertainment Weekly’s website:

The movie is set to be released in theaters on Aug. 7, 2015.

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