Daredevil has been one of Marvel’s more grounded and gritty characters for decades. Unlike most comic book characters, he is not a hero that is defined by a super ability. Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil (Charlie Cox), is actually defined by a disability and an unrelenting will. In the eighties legendary writer, Frank Miller, rewrote his history in series of bloody sagas that further defined the blind vigilante.
One month from today, fans will get to watch an entire season of mature comic book action when Netflix releases Marvel’s Daredevil. Marvel has given us a couple of trailers that simply set the mood for the upcoming series. This new look gives us an idea of the story, as well as frames the dichotomy between Daredevil and his adversary Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio). The trailer explicitly sets up the two forces as opposite sides of the same coin, who are both waging their own private war for the soul of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. This full reveal surprisingly features Fisk’s narration, not Murdock’s, about cleaning up the city. It is a monologue that you would expect to hear from the hero, which is a clear indication that the show’s characters will live in the grey areas between being truly good or bad.
It doesn’t seem as if there are many scenes of spectacle or jaw-dropping special effects, typically a signature of Marvel properties. Hopefully the Daredevil series will be defined by engaging writing and unforgettable characters instead. Judging by the trailer, it seems that Marvel is approaching the horned vigilante in a way that we have never seen before, in live-action or animation. Enjoy the trailer.
Marvel’s Daredevil” is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.
Marvel’s Daredevil first season will be available in its entirety on April 10th, 2015.