Okay, sarcasm got a little out of control there. In all seriousness, there are zero reasons to care about this unless you were really dying to see somebody else in the role. Do I think Hollywood should deliberately try to pull race-changes on established characters? No, that's silly. But there's no sign that this casting would be based on that line of thinking. If a character isn't strongly tied to a certain ethnicity (Black Panther or Doom for example), then the character's ethnicity shouldn't be a big deal in casting. If later down the road we find out that they were definitely looking at this guy because they wanted a black Human Torch, then feel free to be angry. But until then, how about we give everyone involved the benefit of the doubt and assume they're looking at this guy because they think he's a good actor for the role.
I agree with this.
My gut reaction was that I didn't like it because it is racist to change character's from one race to another. But the more I thought about it, the more I began to realize that this "mindset" may be the one that is truly racist. A white guy playing a white guy, or a black guy playing a black guy, we are way too focused on race. Race should not matter as much as it does, but unfortunately this simply isn't the case. Hopefully humans can reach a point where anyone can play anyone, and everyone is comfortable with it.
It is actually not about ethnicity, it's about watching chars you love being transformed in something that is totally different from whom you have been familiar with for years, I mean I would hate just as much to see storm transformed in a black guy, or Tyron Lannister transformed in a tall guy, or batman transformed in "the cyber-bat", you want to make a movie with chars of every ethnicity and every minority and with a good, original story? great, be sure I'm gonna watch it and enjoy it, just don't transform the characters I love in something completely different and unjustified.