RELEASE: Netflix’s Iron Fist Reimagined with Asian American Superhero

Filmmaker Releases Iron and Rage to Contribute to National Conversation of Fairer Asian American Representation in Hollywood.

Netflix’s Iron Fist Whitewashing Controversy Ignites Filmmaker to Reimagine Marvel with Asian American Superhero and Diverse Cast

In anticipation of this week’s release of Netflix’s Iron Fist series — which controversially cast a white actor to play the titular character to tell an “outsider” narrative — Asian American actor and filmmaker John Brougher produced a short film in response. His film, Iron and Rage, reimagines Marvel and portrays an Asian American superhero with a diverse supporting cast. It was released yesterday in a live-streamed conversation with The Nerds of Color’s Keith Chow.

“We put this film together in just a weekend to tell a quiet story that is revolutionary in its execution – namely, that casting actors from different backgrounds doesn’t have to be a sacrifice or tradeoff, but a powerful creative move that lifts up unheard voices and allows our art to go further,” says Brougher. “I hope that this project will contribute to the broader conversation of recognizing Asian Americans fairly and authentically in Hollywood and challenge studios and networks to be more inclusive.”

Over the past several years, a growing national conversation has emerged on the urgent need for greater diversity in casting, including Asian American representation in the media — from who plays roles onscreen to what characters exist or are absent to what stories are even told at all. In addition to the casting of Iron Fist, controversy had arisen over a variety of recent movies, including the casting of Emma Stone in Aloha, Matt Damon in fantasy film The Great Wall, and Scarlett Johansson in anime-based film Ghost in the Shell.

There have been many leading voices on the issue of Asian American representation in entertainment, including actor Constance Wu; comedian Margaret Cho; and directors such as Andrew Ahn, Justin Lin, and Jon Chu.

Read “Why I made an Asian American superhero movie” on Huffington Post.

Watch the live-streamed conversation with The Nerds of Color’s Keith Chow.

Follow @IronAndRageFilm on Twitter and Facebook, and @JohnBrougher on Twitter.

5 thoughts on “RELEASE: Netflix’s Iron Fist Reimagined with Asian American Superhero

  1. I really wanted to like this, but some of the actors felt flat (the white chick in particular) and, being a stranger to Iron Fist, the plotlines introduced over five minutes didn’t connect with me. I still applaud Brougher for the effort, but this just wasn’t that good.

  2. Great work & it was made in a short amount of time. Imagine what could be done with more time . ShangChi Master of Kungfu let them have Iron Fist. Do this one instead or create something totally different. I loved it . More please.

  3. Maybe if the actor wasn’t pudgy… I mean, aren’t there any ripped Asian actors? Iron Fist is supposed to be a walking weapon, this guy looks more like a pillow fight.

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