by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
It’s about time. I was just talking to IR contributor Marcus Rivera about Netflix’s Iron Fist – or lack of. Mr. Rivera thought that the streaming service had given up on Danny rand and his exploits. I told him to have faith and wait, that they just want to make sure they get Luke Cage going before they get too involved in another show (and they also had season 2 of Daredevil filming too).
So I would imagine Marcus is pretty happy to learn that Iron Fist took a huge leap forward by hiring a showrunner. Heroic Hollywood and ComicBook.com jointly broke the news about Dexter and Six Feet Under alum Scott Buck being hired to steer the IF ship.
Buck took over Dexter for the sixth season, so that isn’t exactly the biggest bragging point for him but the show was already on a steady downward spiral after the awesomeness that was Season Four and John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer. His other credits include producer on Six Feet Under for the majority of the run as well as writing for Rome, The Oblongs and Everybody Loves Raymond.
The series is the fourth joint venture between Marvel Studios and Netlfix to bring some of the lesser known and harder to market characters to the screen for some compelling stories. The first series, Daredevil, debuted to rave reviews. And the recently premiered Jessica Jones seemed to be cut from the same cloth.
And while everyone is noticing that Luke Cage makes his debut in JJ before he gets his own series a lot of people are glossing over the Iron Fist connection. Carrie-Anne Moss plays Jeri Hogarth, a female version of Jeryn Hogarth, an Iron Fist supporting character in the four color world.
While this is just the first step, it’s a step in the right direction. The show still has a ways to go and probably won’t be ready until late 2016 – early 2017. But until then we can revel in the fact that we’re now one step closer to the eventual Defenders team-up.