Welp - Hollywood has done it AGAIN. This time? Iron Fist.
In case you're not familiar, Iron Fist is the identity taken on by Danny Rand - a white New Yorker who took on the mantle of Iron Fist after traveling to the ancient Asian city of K'un-L'un and being taught mystical kung-fu. Many viewed the upcoming Iron Fist series as an opportunity to correct an imbalance in the casting of superheroes on the screen. So often in the past, studios and executives have cast the same TYPE of people in these comic book adaptation leading roles.
We hoped Iron Fist might fix this continuing injustice - and now our hopes are dashed.
They cast ANOTHER British person to do an American superhero - this time it's Game of Thrones' Ser Loras Tyrell, Finn Jones. WHEN WILL IT END?!
The list of Brits playing American superheroes has grown longer and more embarrassing by the year. Superman's being played by the British Henry Cavill. Batman was played by Welshman Christian Bale for nearly a decade. Londoner Tom Holland will be portraying Spider-Man soon (taking the reins from fellow Brit Andrew Garfield!). And Netflix has already committed this sin once before, casting Englishman Charlie Cox as Daredevil.
Why do producers keep going back to the same well over and over? Are there not enough Americans to fill these roles? This lack of diversity in casting superheroes is worrisome - the faux-American accents are always just a littttttttle bit off, enough to affect the overall enjoyment of the final product. Frankly, it's shameful.
We live in a time of record lack of diversity in nerd properties - the two leads in the new Star Wars film trilogy are both British (thankfully only one is stuck faking an American accent), well-known Brit Martin Freeman is portraying Everett Ross in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and will very likely use a mediocre American accent, and The Walking Dead - possibly THE biggest geek-friendly show on television - has Andrew "So British That He Was In Love, Actually" Lincoln doing a SOUTHERN American accent.
We have all the faith in the world that Finn Jones is a fine actor and will do his very best on Iron Fist. This isn't about him, specifically - his casting is just part of a trend in Hollywood, of ignoring calls for diversity and demanding actual American accents for superheroes. Maybe someday we'll live in a more enlightened and diverse time for entertainment, but not today.
...also mighta been nice to cast an Asian person in the lead role. So long as they had a goddamn American accent.
Batman the animated series made you feel more than it should have: