When the Netflix/Marvel collaborations began, we were told from the outset that this would be a dark take on these characters. And sure enough, between Daredevil (and his numerous bloody fights and kills), Jessica Jones (and her…uh…scenes with Luke Cage in a bedroom) and Luke Cage (violence, implied discretions) and so far, we got that. But when Iron Fist came around, fans were put off by how light and bubbly Danny Rand was. He was very childish, and he showed very little growth throughout the series in many fans eyes.
While at the TCA’s, showrunner for Season 01 Scott Buck revealed to IGN that he wanted Danny Rand to be “always going to see the good side of things and always going to be an optimist.” Even going so far as that he didn’t want him to be a dark character like the other three Defenders.
“But do you really want four dark, brooding Defenders?…We created him to fit into that world and be a counterpoint to some of the others,” Buck said. “Perhaps people were not aware that there were reasons for creating a character with that sort of specific [personality].”
Well, fans would likely have answered with a resounding, “YES!” as Danny Rand himself was one of the biggest faults of the series. Despite this, Danny will be in Defenders (though we knew that ahead of time) and he will be getting a second season. Hopefully, he’ll develop a lot more than in Season 01.
Defenders arrives on August 18th on Netflix.