Leaked pictures and casting rumors have been circulating the Internet over the past couple of months regarding Marvel’s newest television/Netflix project, Daredevil. Don’t worry – this show will not be anything like that less-than-sub-par feature film we got back in 2003. That was back when Fox was in control, and we all know how Fox is when it comes to superhero movies (see X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
But as of 2012, Marvel Studios has been in control of Daredevil, and it looks like Kevin Feige and company are not messing around when it comes to adapting the Man Without Fear. I mean, have you seen the trailer yet?!
I know it’s only a teaser, but I’m pretty confident that this show could turn out to match the likes of Arrow or The Flash, both of which are two of my favorite currently-running shows.
A little background on the character of Daredevil: as a young child, Matt Murdock was blinded by a vat of radioactive waste. However, while this toxic goo took away his sight, it actually enhanced his other senses to superhuman levels. During the day, Matt Murdock works as your average New York City lawyer, but at night, he patrols the city and exacts justice on those who deserve it.
First impression from the trailer: this show is going to be freakin’ dark! Like super dark, especially if you’re comparing it to the 2003 film. I admit, it was hard to gather what was going on at times during the trailer, and I actually had to lighten up my laptop screen to fully grasp what was happening. But maybe that was done on purpose? From what the producers have revealed, there is going to be a huge emphasis on Daredevil’s non-visual senses. Maybe Marvel is trying to put the audience in the same perspective as Murdock and show us the world from his point-of-view? It’ll be awesome to see how they portray his super-hearing and other abilities on screen. It’s been 12 years since the last film, and technology has come a long way. We could see some revolutionary production in this show.
Charlie Cox is portraying Daredevil, and though I’m not familiar with his acting, he seems like he could pull it off. We only catch brief glimpses of him throughout the trailer without the mask on, but I think it’s too early to judge whether he could portray Matt Murdock.
Speaking of Daredevil, you may notice a slight change in the costume. No need to be alarmed. Most people are iffy about the fact that the costume looks like a ninja outfit. But if you look into some of the Frank Miller stories, that’s how it’s supposed to be. Daredevil wore the all-black outfit originally, then he switched to a mostly yellow costume, and eventually went to the red side. Marvel has confirmed that we would see the familiar red costume, but for now, we’ll have to deal with the black outfit, and I’m totally okay with that.
Another addition to the show is the character of Stick.
Stick never appeared in the 2003 film, which was a huge letdown since this guy actually taught Daredevil how to fight in the comics (although he did appear in the even worse Elektra spinoff, played by Zod himself, Terrence Stamp). I was so happy to see that he was brought back into the mix for Marvel’s series. He’s almost as important to Daredevil lore as the Kingpin (who we don’t see much of in the trailer – one of my main gripes).
If I were to be honest, I’d say that this show really, really reminds of Arrow. Again, this is not a bad thing at all. Arrow cracked the formula for a decent superhero television show. I don’t blame Marvel for taking some ideas and changing them to fit the Daredevil series. Like with Arrow, I think Daredevil is going to jump right into the action and show us the Man Without Fear already in the midst of his vigilante ways. One of the shots of the trailer includes Matt Murdock with a scarred body, so it could mean that he’s been Daredevil for a while. There may be flashbacks interspersed throughout the season that show Murdock training with Stick (much like how Arrow did with Oliver Queen training with Slade Wilson).
The main reason I think Daredevil could succeed is because it has a significant universe backing it up. Arrow is trying really hard to stay within its own parameters and avoid mixing in with the DC films. Daredevil won’t feel as constrained. The show won’t be afraid to make a mention of things going on in the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, it’s been confirmed that this show will pave the way for other Marvel Netflix series featuring characters Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist. It’s all connected. Arrow may have The Flash, but Daredevil looks like it’ll have much more.
The series is going to debut on Netflix in April, and I’m already planning to binge-watch the entire series because of how awesome the trailer looks. I’m just hoping that it is significantly better than its 2003 counterpart, or else we can say goodbye to any chance of a decent adaptation of the legendary Daredevil.
Daredevil is going to release on Netflix on April 10th, 2015.
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