I told you a while ago that Marvel was having a hard time getting a showrunner for their Iron Fist Netflix show. The problem, I was told, was that the guys at Marvel didn't really know what they wanted from the show, and they were skittish about the more overt mystical elements, and this made it hard for writers who were coming in to pitch. But something changed, or else someone had the exact right killer pitch they wanted: Iron Fist has a showrunner. And a synopsis!
The new showrunner is Scott Buck, who previously wrote and produced on Six Feet Under and Rome. He was also the final showrunner on Dexter, taking that series to a conclusion that a lot of people didn't like.
What's he doing with Iron Fist? Well, he's bringing in the actual iron fist punch, according to the synopsis:
“Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.”
There it is, the fiery power of the Iron Fist. I'm curious to see how it looks onscreen.
Some might look at that synopsis and think it sounds like Arrow, and yeah, it's another rich kid who travels the world and returns home a vigilante... but K'un Lun is very different from Arrow Island or whatever they're calling it, and Danny Rand is no Ollie Queen. But who is Danny Rand? Now the question becomes how they cast the role. Marvel's greatest strength thus far has been casting, and I expect that strength will continue here... but will this Iron Fist be white or Asian? Marvel does tend to be traditional with casting of its most major characters, so I wouldn't be surprised if Danny is a white guy. And I wouldn't be surprised if the internet was mad about it for a while and then fell in love with the actor and the character when Iron Fist debuts.
Heroic Hollywood broke this story, and Marvel immediately confirmed it.