There were a couple of different reasons that Iron Fist ultimately didn’t work, but one of the main reasons were the lackluster fight scenes. In an interview with IGN, Finn Jones talks about preparing fight scenes for The Defenders and how it was different.
“By the time of Defenders, I had been working on the character and training for about seven months, on and off, so by Defenders I was a lot more well-trained than at the beginning of Iron Fist because I had been doing it for so long. The good thing about Defenders, because it was an ensemble piece I wasn’t needed every single second of the day to shoot, which is often the case when you’re leading your own individual show. At the beginning of [Defenders] when we’re all separated, there was definitely days in the week where I didn’t have to shoot. Because of that, I went in and got a chance to rehearse, spend days on choreography before we actually shot. But then as we all came together and our schedules became a lot tighter because of the shooting demands, there was often times, especially towards the end of the show where we were picking up choreography on the day of shooting. That’s kind of a regular thing, that’s just television scheduling. Unfortunately, it’s just something we have to get used to,” Jones said.
Jones was aware of the criticisms and assures fans that the fight scenes in The Defenders are better.
“I think the choreography is a lot slicker and I think the way it’s been shot and edited is definitely a lot more cohesive [in Defenders]. I also think, just because I went from shooting six months of Iron Fist to immediately going on to shoot Defenders, just by nature of having all of that practice leading up to Defenders, the choreography felt a lot more grounded. It was a different choreography team and the way it was shot was a little bit different as well, and I think that definitely helped sell the fight scenes a lot better. And on top of that, I was more used to picking up choreography and the fluidity of the movements.”
While Jones’s inexperience with the fight scenes was a problem the editing just made it even worse. It’s good to hear that even he thinks these fight scenes will have better pacing.
Summary: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up to fight crime in New York City.
Marvel’s The Defenders, created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, and Sigourney Weaver. It’s streaming on Netflix now.
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