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Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones And Luke Cage - What You Need To Know
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Iron Fist

Iron Fist

CHARACTER BACK STORY  He may sound like the 27th member of the Wu-Tang Clan, but Iron Fist, A.K.A. Danny Rand, dates back to the Bruce Lee-obsessed days of the early ‘70s. To borrow from the mighty Black Dynamite, Iron Fist combines “scientific biological transmogrification” (he got a superfist by placing his hand in a molten dragon heart) with “kung-fu treachery” (his parents’ business partner Harold Meachum caused both their deaths when Rand was a nipper). Expect him to start out with revenge in mind, before new adversaries spring up around him.

WHAT WE CAN EXPECT  We smell a martial arts revival in the air – the Weinsteins are already digging about in the Shaw Brothers’ back catalogue while Keanu Reeves is launching a one-man T’ai Chi renaissance – and Iron Fist could arrive just in time to exploit it. So loads of cool fights, basically, and some angsty character development as Rand stoically endures a Bruce Wayne-like orphanhood. Also, ninjas. Lots of ninjas.

WHAT WE PROBABLY WON'T SEE  Given that the studio and network are stressing the New York-based setting, while pocket dimensions are really expensive to film in, the K'un L'un backstory will probably be outlined in exposition (if it even features) rather than flashback. We’d expect these miniseries to be sparing with expensive CG work, keeping the locations and sets as light on green screen as possible, and focus instead on character beats and hand-to-hand (well, fist) combat. Iron Fist’s green and yellow costume, with ‘70s-style crotch pouch and a chest ‘V’ that heads all the way to Mexico and back, looks like a kind of porno Norwich City strip and might need a rethink too.

DREAM CASTING  Michael B. Jordan: Blond haired and blue eyed in the comic book, the casting wonks should take the chance to switch it up. Jordan’s charisma and superhero chops – see Chronicle for more on this – make him a strong shout for the role of the ass-kicking magnate with the Smaug fist. One thing that may stand in his way, however, is if he gets the role as Johnny Storm (a.k.a. Human Torch) in the planned Fantastic Four reboot, with rumourmongers currently pegging him as a safe bet. Check out his interview with Empire at Cannes for more details.

Michael B. Jordan

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1 Damien Lewis for DD
He's the only obvious choice for me. Get him beefed up and he can do both a vigilante and lawyer. easy. Plus he's ginger. More

Posted by DImperio on Saturday November 16, 2013, 17:33

2 RE: Breaking news
Michael Jai-White is perfect for Luke Cage because....well.....he practically IS Luke Cage - just look at the bloke!! aid Terry Crews would also be a great pick for Cage!! I wouldn't mind Garrett Hedlund as Matt Murdock, he's a competent enough actor - but I would prefer to see Damien Lewis in the part although he might be knocking on a bit for Daredevil! A younger version of Damien Lewis then.....ichael B Jordan for Iron Fist is just a lazy and cynical call from Empire quite frankly! He's Empire's flavour of the month and they knew that by suggesting him it would stir up a bit of controversy because he's black where as Danny Rand is white. That in itself doesn't really bother me unless the character needs to be a certain ethnicity (Black Panther, Thor etc) but I would prefer them to stick to the source material if I'm honest! How would we all feel about a Chinese Daredevil or an Indian Wolverine? Doesn't feel right does it? I'd personally like to see Lliam Hemsworth play him - hMore

Posted by Artoo on Monday November 11, 2013, 15:30

3 Breaking news
...Garrett Hedlund to join JGL, Tom Hardy and Ryan Gosling on the list of actors who are picked for every role under the sun. e.g. Case in point, reed voiced blonde Ryan Gosling as Batman. I like the article anyway guys but not a fan of these choices and Jai White is the only one I would even consider for the role. More

Posted by spideed2 on Monday November 11, 2013, 13:23

4 RE: Iron Fist? Black?
L: GrizBe Okay... that aside. I'm now going to petition Marvel to make a alternate universe with an all ethnic Avengers team... Captain Afro-America! /silliness. o need to make that petition. Just look at the current Mighty Avengers team. More

Posted by philglasgow on Sunday November 10, 2013, 22:56

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L: Osric L: JonnyFave You've suggested the most obvious (& boring) names for each role. Michael B Jordan & Garett Hedlund has been suggested for every franchise role available at the moment. Come on, Empire! Be more imaginative. would never have thought of Garrett Hedlund in a hundred years, but I think he's potentially PERFECT. When I saw On the Road I didn't even recognise him as the guy from Tron. He's just completely not on my radar. What else has he been suggested for? I think that's a really good shout. And Michael Jai White is obvious for a reason. Seriously, who better? C'mon genius - what are your amazing off-the-wall choices? hoa! Didn't mean to offend you that much. Just egging Empire to give other less-known actors, that haven't previously starred as a blockbuster lead, a chance. I think he was considered for Cap America and a few other big roles around the same time as bagging the Tron lead. My suggestions? Hmm, perhaps actors that have gathered More

Posted by JonnyFave on Sunday November 10, 2013, 22:29

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L: JonnyFave You've suggested the most obvious (& boring) names for each role. Michael B Jordan & Garett Hedlund has been suggested for every franchise role available at the moment. Come on, Empire! Be more imaginative. would never have thought of Garrett Hedlund in a hundred years, but I think he's potentially PERFECT. When I saw On the Road I didn't even recognise him as the guy from Tron. He's just completely not on my radar. What else has he been suggested for? I think that's a really good shout. And Michael Jai White is obvious for a reason. Seriously, who better? C'mon genius - what are your amazing off-the-wall choices? More

Posted by Osric on Sunday November 10, 2013, 21:03

7 YES
Michael Jai White in particular would be amazing - Black Dynamite and those scenes from The Dark Knight and (deleted) Kill Bill were all excellent. He should be in at least one of these shows! More

Posted by FoxDhoj on Sunday November 10, 2013, 20:34

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You've suggested the most obvious (& boring) names for each role. Michael B Jordan & Garett Hedlund has been suggested for every franchise role available at the moment. Come on, Empire! Be more imaginative. More

Posted by JonnyFave on Sunday November 10, 2013, 19:38

9 RE: Iron Fist? Black?
Completely agree that there is no reason that Danny Rand couldn't be black. Heck... looked at Heimdall in the Thor movies. Always white in the comic, but then that cast Idris Elba as him.. and now honestly I can't see him as anyone else. Should he be however? No. While I agree that there aren't anywhere near enough heros of different ethnicities, simply 'black-washing' existing characters isn't the way to do it to create more. If this was the other way around and Rand was already black and they were suggesting making him white there would be all kinds of outcries of racism etc. But that's not the point... making a character black, pretty much simply for the hell of it, is not a positive image or activity we should be engaging in. Okay... that aside. I'm now going to petition Marvel to make a alternate universe with an all ethnic Avengers team... Captain Afro-America! /silliness. More

Posted by GrizBe on Sunday November 10, 2013, 11:39

10 RE: Iron Fist? Black?
L: RobertX No. That doesn't need to happen and that shouldn't happen. hy not? Admittedly you're right in part... it doesn't need to happen. No reason at all why it shouldn't happen though. Danny Rand's ethnicity has never been a defining element of the character. If the right actor comes along and happens to be caucasian, hispanic, black, or even asian then there's absolutely no good reason he shouldn't be cast. More

Posted by philglasgow on Saturday November 9, 2013, 18:40

11 Iron Fist? Black?
No. That doesn't need to happen and that shouldn't happen. More

Posted by RobertX on Friday November 8, 2013, 22:37

12 PS. Where is ol' Frank Castle?
Here's hoping for a cameo from Thomas Jane in that Defenders crossover series. Punisher is the perfect addition to the "street level" heroes, besides i] Moon Knight - they still can't seem to decide exactly how mystical or batmany he is in the comics... More

Posted by veedlemonster on Friday November 8, 2013, 19:24

13 FANCAST!
Michael Jai White as Cage! Iko Uwais as Iron Fist (middle-class white orphan has been done to death)! Alexis Bledel as Jess Jones? Sure, why not. Garret Hedlund as Daredevil is... well, pretty perfect, I wish I'd thought of it.. More

Posted by veedlemonster on Friday November 8, 2013, 19:22

14 Epic fail
Ryan Gosling should get the gig for Daredevil if they ever decide to make another film-tv I wouldn't argue with Garrett as a tv DD-Charlie Hunnam as Iron Fist & Brie Larson for Jessica Jones-Michael Jai White I have no issue with as I have seen Black Dynamite & it wouldn't be a stretch for him but the others-PLEASE!!!! REALLY?!?!? (Michael B Jordan;empires answer to everything-even playing the shark in Jaws) More

Posted by themanfromunkle on Friday November 8, 2013, 18:27

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