Controversial: Iron Fist Seemed Close To Casting An Asian-American For Danny Rand

– by Drew Carlton

Ok, this is a tough one pal. When I started posting here years ago, my idea was to create new roles for minority characters instead of rewriting their ethnicity. This seemed to work well for Vibe, and now Raptor, but aside from them; who else has benefited? (Please answer below.) In Marvel Comics; Ms. Marvel and Miss America have all been cast as minorities now. My hope has always been that the late great Dwayne McDuffie's work would bleed into DC and Marvel, and we would see characters like Static, Icon, and Hardware become a mainstay in our society. The Inhumans have introduced many new minorities, but I feel DC is lacking in this area.

So when Iron Fist was announced, a character that has always been blonde and white, there was a slight controversy that Iron Fist would be a white guy. As it turns out, an Asian-American may have almost gotten the job after Lewis Tan, who is half-Chinese, half-white tried out for the role. In an interview with Vulture, he had this to say:

“I read for Danny [Rand], and they liked me a lot. I read again and again and again, and it was a long process, and it got to the point where they were talking about my availability and my dates. That’s always a good sign, you know? And then they went with Finn and they had me read for a villain part [Tan was cast as one-off villain Zhou Cheng in episode 8 of the Netflix series] maybe two weeks later… I think they were highly considering [casting me in the lead role] at one point in time, but it would have definitely changed the dynamic of the show. It would have been a different show.
“I personally think it would have been a really interesting dynamic to see this Asian-American guy who’s not in touch with his Asian roots go and get in touch with them and discover this power. I think that’s super interesting and we’ve never seen that. We’ve seen this narrative already -- we’ve seen it many times. So I thought it would be cool and that it would add some more color to The Defenders. And obviously I can do my own fight sequences, so those would be more dynamic.”

I remember his character, and while nowhere near as cool as the RZA directed episode six psychopath, he may have done well.

Rant on. If they are not going to create cooler minority characters like Raptor, then forget the ethnicity. Give me a black Batman, a white Steel, an asian Robin, or a freaking orange-plaid Superman. I don't care. I want the best man or woman for the job. I still must say that I thought Finn Jones did EXCELLENT as the Iron Fist, and he was likely the best man for the job.

Sorry to stir the racial pot here, but how do you guys feel about this?



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Source: Vulture
 

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