Netflix’s Action Series ‘Iron Fist’ Star Finn Jones Opened up About ‘Failed’ Show
Finn Jones, who portrayed the titular character in Iron Fist (2017), opened up about how his show had failed. Jones said that despite the show’s low ratings and critical reception, he believes that it helped to push everyone to do better in their next projects. “The reality of it is that ‘Iron Fist’ did not work,” Jones said to Complex and the Denver Post, “That’s the truth. That’s not a bad thing. If a show doesn’t work, you have to learn from that. The best way to do that is by taking the criticisms, taking the positives, and learning from it.” Jones believes that the show’s failure showed how all of Marvel’s shows can still improve in their unique perspective. Iron Fist was an action crime series, while Luke Cage was a political thriller, Jessica Jones was a psychological drama and Daredevil was a street-level superhero. It seems that not many fans of Marvel are happy with Iron Fist. One of the reasons this character wasn’t a favorite is because of the choices Danny Rand (Finn Jones) made in trying to protect New York City.
Who is in the cast?
- Finn Jones as Danny Rand
- Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing
- Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum
- Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum
- Sacha Dhawan as Davos
- David Wenham as Harold Meachum
- Alice Eve as Mary Walker
- Wai Ching Ho as Madame Gao
- Giullian Yao Gioiello as BB
- Christine Toy Johnson as Mrs. Yang
- Barrett Doss as Megan
- Fernando Chien as Chen Wu
- Simone Missick as Misty Knight
- Natalie Smith as Bethany
- Henry Yuk as Hai-Qing Yang
- Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple
- Ramón Rodríguez as Bakuto
- Clifton Davis as Lawrence Wilkins
The series was first released on March 17, 2017, and ended with the second season on September 7, 2018.
What is the series about?
The series is about a man Danny Rand who returns to New York City after being presumed dead for 15 years, having been trapped in the mystical city of K’un-Lun and trained to be the Iron Fist. Upon his return, he encounters enemies from his past including Davos (a former friend) and Alexandra (the daughter of a man who killed Rand’s father), who are intent on destroying all the martial arts clans. Together with his friends Colleen Wing and Misty Knight, the Iron Fist fights to protect New York from evil. It is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The series stars Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) as Danny Rand and Jessica Henwick (The House of Cards, Game of Thrones) as Colleen Wing. It is produced by Marvel. It is the second live-action drama to be based on a Marvel Comics character after Agents of Shield and the first to have the character air on a subscription-based streaming service.
Why was it canceled?
In November 2017 Netflix decided that after two seasons featuring Finn Jones as Danny Rand, they would not renew Iron Fist for a third season. This decision stirred up quite a controversy among fans because some thought that it was due to Jones’s controversial comments about Asian representation in film and television as well as Marvel’s “diversity push”.
What are the reviews like?
Reviews have been generally poor, criticizing the series for the poor handling of its source material, and inability to create compelling characters. Forbes’s Maureen Ryan called the show “dysfunctional” and criticized it for not explaining Rand’s absence from New York City, calling the result “a mess”.
What was wrong with the series?
One of Iron Fist’s biggest problems is that it failed to establish a connection between Danny Rand and his superhero identity. Although this is not uncommon in modern superhero shows (such as Daredevil), Finn Jones’ portrayal of Rand felt less like an innocent man being corrupted by power, but instead, an uninteresting character who was given superpowers almost arbitrarily.
Who can watch this series?
While the show had been targeted at a teen audience by Marvel, it is aimed at adults because of its adult content. Moreover, the violence and sexual content which is probably inappropriate for kids. However, if you have an older child who wishes to watch this series with an adult, then he/she can watch it as long as he/she understands the risks of watching such a series.
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