Fight coordinator Clayton Barber isn’t fooling around.
In a video featurette for Marvel’s Iron Fist, Clayton, known for his stunt work on Creed (2015) and Black Panther (2018), spoke to the rewards in preparing fight scenes for the Marvel program’s second season.
“I’ve come from a fight background my whole life,” Clayton shared in the clip, which was released a month ago. “For this season, I wanted to come in and do something different.”
Iron Fist, whose first season premiered in March 2017, follows Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones), a martial arts expert with an ability to summon a special power known as the ‘Iron Fist’. Reviews for the first season were widely uncomplimentary, but a strong viewership allowed the show to remain afloat.
For his part, star Finn Jones sang Clayton praises. “The fighting style on this season is just wicked,” Jones said in the clip. “There’s an edge to the choreography. There’s a relentless, visceral energy to it.”
Finn further commended Clayton for his ‘clear’ and ‘game-changing’ vision in conceptualizing his stunt visuals.
‘Punk rock’ imagery
For the latest season, Clayton was intent on emphasizing high-octane action sequences as one of the show’s ‘stars.’
“I really set out to make a punk-rock song,” he began. “We focused on rhythm, tempo, things like that. The fighting has evolved and changed; it’s gotten bigger and better.”
“I just told (the cast) to stop thinking about it and just do it.”
A 10-episode second season of Marvel’s Iron Fist premiered on September 7, 2018 via Netlix.