Into The Badlands' Daniel Wu On The Response To Iron Fist


In the critics against Marvel's Iron Fist, the AMC series Into The Badlands was often mentioned as how the fights should have been done. One of the stars of the series, Daniel Wu, was asked about their Netflix competition in an interview with Screen Anarchy.

Wu was asked his thoughts on the comparisons between the two series.

At first I was nervous about the competition. But now I kind of feel bad for them, because they are getting slammed so hard. It's one thing to be bad or whatever about the martial arts, it is still something that a lot of people put a lot of effort into, so to get slammed like that – I've definitely worked on projects where I've been on that end of the stick before and so it kind of sucks. I'm happy for us but at the same time kind of feel bad for them, but [simultaneously] it's like if you're going to do a martial arts show, then you've got to step the fuck up.

He also shared his thoughts on the outcry against casting Finn Jones in the role and how many people thought it should've gone to an Asian-American:

I think that's people going a little too precocious on that because originally the character was written white – it wasn't like it was a whitewashing thing. It's not like you are talking about a "Ghost in the Shell issue," right? And I still don't actually buy the Ghost in the Shell whitewashing issue either, and I certainly don't buy into the cultural appropriation bullshit because that's saying [for Iron Fist] that "only Asians are allowed to do martial arts" then that means only black people can play basketball and rap? That means Jeremy Lin shouldn't be playing basketball? And Eminem shouldn't be rapping? That's bullshit, you know. So I know Asian Americans are angry, but they should calm down and choose the correct fight in that case – I agree that Marvel missed the chance of doing something interesting and casting against the race – they could have done that – and that would have given them some credit, but they didn't, so what are you going to do about it? I think the important thing is that everyone learned a lesson from that – including people that weren't involved, so I think we just need to move forward, that's all.

Into the Badlands season 2 is airing on AMC. Marvel's Iron Fist is available on Netflix.


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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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