If you had to target one of the many problems with Netflix’s ‘Iron Fist’ series (I know, it is tough), it had to be the way the character of Danny Rand was depicted on screen. He was a drastic change from the character we saw in the comic books, and a lot of fans (myself included) just could not understand why the show had decided to go that direction with him.
Gone was the calm and collected Kung Fu master who counseled others with words of wisdom, but still had a fun side and a sense of humor. Instead, we got more or less a man-child, directionless, looking to others for validation, constantly thrown off balance by his enemies, and struggling to keep his powers in check every time he got emotional, none of which felt quite right. Of course, I felt slightly better when I read they were trying to portray the early years of Danny Rand and explained that he was not quite the character from the comics yet (but would get there), but still, it felt like he SHOULD have gotten there during the first season of his own series.
Luckily though, it seems Danny will be taking some steps in the right direction during ‘The Defenders,’ a fact which we learned thanks to a recent statement by Finn Jones himself:
“The thing with there with Danny is that we’re taking an ordinary kid with a lot of issues and we’re trying to iron those out first before getting to Danny as Iron Fist. And what we’ll in Defenders is Danny coming to terms with being a superhero. In the Defenders when he first starts, he doesn’t even know what a superhero is and then he meets those guys and he’s like ‘WHOA. This is cool,’ and by the end of it you kind of see Danny really coming to the grips with his responsibility in a much more mature way.”
What do you think? Is it all just a cover to hide the fact that they messed up the character, and are not trying to right the ship? Or did they have this plan all along? Sound off with your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!
Source: MCU Exchange