IRON FIST – Show Runner Scott Buck helms the first major Marvel/Netflix Failure. Poor Casting, uncharismatic leads, watching paint dry boring scripts, inept and slow fight choreography (all these Martial Artists/actors out here and you can’t get them for these roles?) and a staggering misunderstanding of what people want from a Martial Arts themed show (ie action and people who can do Martial Arts).
How do you not find roles, even cameo roles, for Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Wesley Snipes, Gary Daniels, Donnie Yen, Yanin Jeeja (Colleen Wing anyone?), Simon Rhee, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jeff Speakman, Angela Mao (another great choice for Colleen Wing), and Lewis Tan (who was cast as a villain would have been better cast as the titular hero).
I like Finn Jones manner, I think he is likeable and watchable, but what he is not… is believable as a martial arts fighter, specifically the best fighter of all Asia. He doesn’t have the build for it, or obviously the skill for it. The story could have been written in such a way to play down the more patronizing aspects of having a White character in such a role, or better yet hire an actor (ala the late, much missed Brandon Lee) who being half asian and half white, and a real life Martial Artist, can bring a more believable Danny Rand to life on the screen.
It is clear Scott Buck was the wrong show runner for IRON FIST, should it get a second season they really need to get someone who is about the action, the martial arts, and retooling the character of IRON FIST so that like the previous shows, it appeals to the audience for such genre fiction, rather than insulting and alienating that audience.
THE DEFENDERS has unfortunately already wrapped, and the Showrunners for it Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez… I found underwhelming on DAREDEVIL Season 2, so I can see calls coming for reshoots prior to its fall release, to help it avoid the Failings of Iron Fist.