With the debut of Daredevil Season 2 and the teaser for Luke Cage came the confirmation of Finn Jones playing Iron Fist. The casting of a white actor in the lead role of a show that will showcase martial arts and Asian culture has sparked controversy. The controversy stems from the old trope of the white man being so talented in a set of skills originated by another culture that he becomes their future.
Iron Fist is a 3 tier comic book character created in 1974. Danny Rand is a white billionaire who lives in New York and he happens to be the current Iron Fist. Danny Rand is the inheritor of his family’s fortune after his parents are killed. He is trained by Lei Kung the Thunderer in order to turn his vengeance into a positive force. Danny is the most gifted student of Lei Kung and he eventually gains the title and power of Iron Fist.
Not only is Danny Rand a skilled martial artist but he is also in possession of the Iron Fist force. This gives him the ability to focus his body’s chi and enhance his body’s natural abilities. He can also channel his chi to heal himself.
Finn Jones will play Danny Rand returning from his training in K’un L’un and adjusting to life in the city and his duty of being the Iron Fist and this casting decision isn’t going to change any time soon. The show will have to rely on a diverse cast and respectfully showcase real-life culture used for the fictional city of K’un L’un.
I would have liked to have seen an actor who was also a martial artist. But since the casting has been done, we can only judge the product once it is complete.
I really just want to see Iron Fist and Luke Cage team up already.