Iron Fist – Rewrite

Justin goes over what he thinks would’ve made for a better Iron Fist show.

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  1. They need to put Danny in some version of the iron Fist costume. In the Comics Danny fully embraces the idea of being a masked crime fighter. He wears this costume all the time, even when He and look are just chilling and getting a bite to eat at the local diner.

    • I personally loved how they solve that in Luck cage, when he wear his classic costume only in one scene after his escape. Point is that was a joke as he was forced to do that, but if someone did noticed him it could make it part of the urban legend.

      I was disappointed by lack of similar scene in the Iron Fist show even if I totally get why they costumes aren’t that important for street level superheroes.

  2. I think your version is excellent, and certainly an improvement over the one we got. I worry, however, that it would neglect some other themes that I felt were crucial to the arc of the series.

    Personally, I really liked the theme the show explored of pleasant deception versus brutal honesty, evidenced by Bakuto and Gao, and to a lesser extent Harold and Ward: both of the former examples used deceit and the appearance of friendship to align themselves with Danny, while the latter two, while not Danny’s friends, were mostly entirely genuine. (Ward was, of course, a liar to many people, and especially at the start of the show, but he never hid to Danny his contempt.) Further, the idea of acceptance of one’s role vs fighting fate.

    In that regard, I think I’d play up Bakuto’s role in the show, having him arrive as a helper to Danny early on, perhaps as early as the second episode. Have his filtered knowledge of the Iron Fist serve as a tempting influence to Danny: See, he didn’t have to stay at K’un L’un, he can continue his training here!

    Have Harold, in his shadow war against the Hand, come out in support of Danny much sooner, putting him against Ward, and have him and Bakuto use Danny in their efforts against their enemies, landing Danny in compromising and morally difficult positions, culminating in his interactions with Harold getting Harold killed by the Hand, souring his relationship with Joy. Have Danny learn that, in many ways, an honorable opponent is preferable to a deceitful ally.

    Have all of this play to the idea of acceptance. Of one’s fate, of the truth, of everything. Because that is how Danny defeated Shou-Lao: he embraced his destroyer, smothering the fire of his heart. That is why Davos was unfit to be Iron Fist: he would not accept another having its power. Danny has to learn to accept that not everyone good for him will be his friend (choosing to aid Gao over Bakuto) that not everything he has been taught will be right (Colleen, despite being Hand, does love him and is good) and that his actions will sometimes hurt the ones he loves (Davos, Joy, Colleen). Eventually, Davos appears, wielding dark energies, crashing through the Hand and some mortals in his hunt for Danny. In their battle, Danny yields to Davos, saying that if Davos will protect K’un L’un better, he will let him take the Iron Fist from him.

    By accepting this, and accepting his own misdeeds, he accesses the final gift of the Iron fist: Absorption. While he has been superhumanly STRONG the entire series, his physical resistance has not been notably increased. He has learned power, but not submission. Davos, of course, is too angry and proud to realize this, and reveals that his aims have extended: either A) he’s decided to go full “Scorched Earth” in the ‘protection’ of K’un L’un, vowing to destroy the Hand, kill the Meachums, and anyone else who knows of the city in this world, or B: he reveals that when Danny became the Iron Fist, he went on a journey to meditate, and discovered a different place, one that offered him the power he sought. He no longer seeks to become the Iron Fist, for he is already and Immortal Weapon, for another power.

    Danny, roused by his former friend’s refusal, fights back, and now the dark energies that Davos is wielding no longer weaken Danny, as he accepts them and consumes their force to add to his own. Danny defeats him, and vows to return him to K’un L’un.

    This last development of power would give him a more defined role in regards to the upcoming Defenders/broader MCU: that of the Anti-Mage. Luke is strong and tough, Jones is strong and clever, and Murdock is fast and well-trained. Danny becomes the mystical member of the team, facing and reducing supernatural threats, while his presence on the team also invites such dangers. The revelations with Davos open up the possibility of other Immortal Weapons with counter-goals, and can even serve to give us some hint of the Hand’s goals: The Hand seeks to create its own immortal ninjas to wage war against the Capital Cities of Heaven.

    • I personally did like show and totally don’t get why it was so poorly received? Yes, it isn’t as good as other show in the series but bad? No.. definitely not.

  3. I think the shows biggest missteps was trying to make Danny all tortured and angsty like the other three Defenders….precisely because it makes him like the other three Defenders. While they mope about their tragic backstories there’s Danny all like “My parents died in a plane crash, but eh, that was a while back. I’m over it. Does anyone want tea?” Not only does it emphasise his monkishness but it means that when you do reach the team-up he serves at the mediator between the other three, his calm acceptance countering their general grouchiness.
    In terms of just the series itself though, I actually kind of liked seeing how Danny’s naivete often turned out to be a character -flaw- rather than a positive trait. Rather than have his purity and innocence be some great inspiration that brings fortune to him and those around him, it actually screws him over on a few occasions (having a doctor think he was crazy because he blithely reveals his bizarre backstory, ruining the company’s profit margins because he’s insisting on releasing things for free, landing them in legal issues because he comforts some injury claimants). I would have like to see more of that rather than…whatever it was we actually got, because it fits way more with what they tried setting up in the show: that he’s a weapon who doesn’t want to kill. He’s been taught over and over that he needs to be ruthless but has never really needed to within the confines of K’un L’un. Throw him into the corporate world and suddenly he needs to learn how to be a bastard or he’s going to bring his whole company down. Works way better as character development than having Claire and Colleen hanging around telling him to kill or to not kill like a Shoulder Angel/Devil combo

  4. Clair is the netflix version of the Son of Coul

  5. No Claire? Hell, no! She was the best thing in this series. You can ditch or downplay Colleen (as Jessica Henwick isn’t a very good actress – she isn’t as awful as Elodie Yung, but close), but Claire has to stay.

    My idea about a rewrite would be to start off with Danny in a mental hospital, telling parts of his story to the doctors. During the conversation, the doctors point out several ways in which the story doesn’t make sense, ending with the observation that if he had all these fantastical powers, why is he still here? The answer is, of course, that the person they are talking to isn’t actually Danny Rand, but some other patient who listened to Danny while he was there and convinced himself to be Rand (we see a cool shot of Finn Jones turning into some other actor in the mirror). The doctors know this, because the real Danny Rand walked out of this facility a few days ago (we see a shot of the bent metal door being repaired) and they don’t know what he is up to – which is why they talked to the patient he had the most contact with. When the crazy not-Rand askes them why they still care – after all Danny isn’t their patient anymore – the doctor says “I never said I worked here”. Then the crazy not-Rand is murdered by Ninjas, while the doctor reports to Gao. End of first episode.

    I don’t really know where to go from here, but I think this version would be a neat way to introduce viewers to Dannys comic books origins (maybe even telling it closer to what his original origin used to be), while keeping it a mystery (via the “unreliable narrator”-trope), how much of it actually happened (if the Rands really took a small child to a dangerous mountain expedition, if there really was a dragon, etc.).

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