When the new trailer for Marvel’s Iron Fist was released last week, it offered fans their first glimpse of Danny Rand’s origin story. While most fans approved of the latest trailer, many could not help but notice the similarities between Danny Rand’s story and that of other superhero billionaires, particularly Oliver Queen of the CW’s hit series Arrow. In a Facebook post last week, series star Stephen Amell addressed the comparisons to the Netflix series while answering a fan question on the matter.
When asked how he felt about the common feeling that Iron Fist appears similar to Arrow season one, Amell had a simple response:
“I could care less!”
A blunt answer, but fair one. Especially when one considers that Arrow is not the only superhero adaptation to be compared to Iron Fist. Fans were also quick to note similarities with Iron Man and Batman Begins , which also featured billionaires who, by choice or chance, ventured to distant lands only to return with a renewed determination to make their world a better place as masked heroes.
Newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With Diggle back in the military and Thea adamant about hanging up her hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles, rather than allies, in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.
Arrow airs on Wednesday at 8:00 pm EST on The CW. Be sure to check back with Heroic Hollywood after each episode for weekly reviews!