Finn Jones Defends ‘Iron Fist’ From Scathing Reviews

Netflix show was made “first and foremost for fans” and critics view it “through a very specific lens,” series star says

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has enjoy very positive reviews in recent years, but that trend did not extend to the new Netflix series “Iron Fist,” which has been roundly panned by critics. Still, the Iron Fist himself, Finn Jones, feels confident that the show can stand alongside past shows like “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil.”

“I also think some of the reviews we saw were seeing the show through a very specific lens,” Jones told Metro. “I think when the fans of the Marvel Netflix world and fans of the comic books view the show through the lens of just wanting to enjoy a superhero show, then they will really enjoy what they see.”

Jones’ casting as Danny Rand, the heir to a corporate empire who becomes the titular martial arts hero, has been a core part of the criticism leveled at the series. The Verge described Rand as “a privileged white member of the 1 percent drawing power from a fictionalized Asian culture” and compared Jones’ performance unfavorably to Charlie Cox’s performance as Matt Murdock in “Daredevil.”

“What I will say is these shows are not made for critics; they are first and foremost made for the fans,” Jones said. “It’s a fantastic show which is really fun and I think it stands up there with the other Defenders’ shows without a doubt.”

Jones will have another chance to prove the naysayers wrong later this year, when he returns to play Danny in “The Defenders,” the crossover series that will see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist team up with Claire Temple and other friends from their respective series to defend New York against a mysterious new villain, who will be played by Sigourney Weaver.
In the meantime, you can judge “Iron Fist” for yourself when it arrives on Netflix this Friday, March 17.