I was watching Iron Fist last weekend, and like pretty much everyone else on my Facebook feed, was quietly impressed
by it. Sure, it’s not going to win an Oscar, but it’s sure as hell not the solid gold turkey we were all expecting
following the advance reviews (like this, and this.)
Ok, so it will never set the world on fire, but a complete flop? No. The action’s good, and the first few episodes of set up are damn good. Yes, it gets pretty dull towards the end, but that might just be viewing fatigue on my part.
As far as the main character and the controversy around casting it strictly as the comic (this Guardian piece for example), well that’s more tricky isn’t it? It plays into the whole racially iffy are of the great white saviour learning mystical abilities in the East and proving to be a damn sight better at it than any of the locals. Basically Marvel missed a trick here and rather put their foot in it. Same as with Doctor Strange.
Yes, the source material is lily white with Danny Rand, but the adaptations certainly don’t have to be. Sure, the Samuel L Jackson as Fury came direct from the Ultimate Universe so that was an easy switch to make, but seriously, Iron Fist couldn’t have had true Asian heritage?
Oh Marvel, it would have been so easy and simple to make this work.
The other thing that bothers me about the Iron Fist adaptations and pretty much all adaptations? Created by credits. Here you have the screenshots for Iron Fist.
Right then. That’s just wrong. Surely a better solution would be….
Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane.
TV adaptation created by Scott Buck.
Yep, that should do it.
Now, credit where credit is due, if you are watching the series, keep watching till the end of the credits and you’ll see the Thank You screen. Interestingly, this changes every episode depending on whatever content or characters have been used in the episode. Here’s three of them.
Should you want to find out more about Iron Fist, there’s a LOT of reading to do. See here on the FPI Webstore.
And finally, no mention of Iron Fist should ever be possible without bringing out these beauties. Bill Sienkievicz art for a couple of house ads in the 80s. Beautiful things…