Originally Posted by Mr. Wooden Alligator
Any good writer could make the rings mesh with Mandarin.
I have no real attachment to the character in the comics and didn't mind that he didn't have the magic rings or a dragon. The reason why I didn't like the role reversal is that I really dug the version that Kingsley had come up with and so I was disappointed that the character was barely in the film and, in fact, not actually in it at all.