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Subj: Re: New banner by Superman's Pal! I've been thinking about this comic lately.
Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 04:49:14 pm EDT (Viewed 68 times)
Reply Subj: Re: New banner by Superman's Pal! I've been thinking about this comic lately.
Posted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 10:57:54 am EDT (Viewed 58 times)




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      Blaxploitation and Bruce Lee were very popular in the early 70's but must've waned a bit by '77 causing less interest in these titles.



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    I never understood why kung-fu went out of style. But I also have never understood what "blaxploitation" really is, despite reading articles about it. The word sounds negative, yet I watched the movie Shaft and there's nothing derogatory in that film. Quite the opposite. The character Shaft is portrayed as bigger than life and cool as all heck. (Unfortunately the film is pretty dull by today's standards. But back then a lot of films and a lot of TV shows were pretty dull by today's standards.)


I agree "Blaxploitation" does sound negative but I don't think it was ever really taken that way. I'm sure some blacks found the movies offensive and some whites degraded them but for the most part they have a reputation as being cool. Over time, this genre seems to have been embraced by everyone. I haven't actually seen many myself but Keenan Ivory Wayans' 1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is one of my favorite 80's parody movies, right below Airplane!.


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      I'd say that casting an Asian to play Danny would have missed the point.



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    Definitely.



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      Shang-Chi was Marvel's Asian martial arts hero.



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    And I'm still waiting for a Shang Chi appearance on any TV show or in any movie. Maybe in a few years we'll see a Netflix series about the Master of Kung-Fu. His back story is perfect for TV. Just name his dad something other than Fu Manchu and maybe, instead of Nayland Smith, bring in Jimmy Woo instead. Black Jack Tarr doesn't need to be renamed or replaced as he was never a Sax Rohmer character to begin with.



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      Danny Rand was more of an outsider because he was white. I know, most Marvel characters are outsiders, but Rand didn't fit in in K'un L'un because he wasn't Asian and he didn't fit in when he returned to Earth as an orphan who had spent most of his formative years in a mystical city. I haven't watched the TV show yet but I would be interested in seeing how he's portrayed.



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    On the TV show, he was an outsider at K'un L'un (but not because he was white) and he's an outsider here in our world because he grew up in a mystical city. The show is worth watching. Just know in advance that a great deal of of the show is centered around Danny's family (often with Danny nowhere in sight). This has trigger a pretty large amount of griping among fans.


I'm ok with that because the Iron Fist story that is most memorable to me is the origin. The whole ordeal with Danny's parents and Harold Meachum was kind of sordid and vicious in the comics and I'll bet it would play out well in a season long show. I haven't watched IF yet because I still haven't watched Luke Cage. I think I'm going to have to bump them up my list.


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