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Subj: Re: The Man of Iron
Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 at 04:58:15 am EST (Viewed 172 times)
Reply Subj: Re: The Man of Iron
Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 at 10:05:35 pm EST (Viewed 149 times)



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        Batman has Man-Bat so why not? Just don't have him say things like "gichii" if that's a Chinese word.



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      Mongolian, as is the name Tomor Sartak.



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    OK. Can't have that. All indication of a link to China must be expunged.



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    "Man of Iron" is great, though. I'm leaning toward it.



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    Karate is Japanese, by the way. (Kung-Fu is Chinese.) Also karate is taught worldwide. Man of Iron's original trainer may have been Japanese but his training could have taken place on any continent. But if we think karate is still too Asian we can switch his training to kickboxing. It really doesn't matter. Karate is kickboxing. It's just a particular style of kickboxing.



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    We can also drop the word "chi" very easily. We can say he's learned to channel his life force.



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You don't have to drop all of Asia, nor words like chi. Mongolia, Japan, Madripoor, and K'un-Lun are fine. You just have to drop specifically China, because China is a powerful dictatorship obsessed with its image, and only its image. It doesn't care in the slightest if characters from other parts of Asia are evil. China itself puts out enormous amounts of movies with the Japanese as outrageously, cartoonishly evil.

That's why you can still have groups like the Hand, and Ra's Al Ghul's ninja cult, Shadaloo City, and K'un-Lun's champions. Asia doesn't care, just the Chinese dictatorship.

So my thought is, keep him half Mongolian and half British, and end discussions of his nationality right there. That's not even a retcon, just an emphasis switch, which comics use as a soft-retcon all the time. Alternatively, put him in Madripoor, or K'un-Lun.






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