It is crazy to believe that it is over 12 years since the last time we were waiting for a version of Daredevil to hit our screens. Back then the world was still waiting for to see Ben Affleck take on a superhero role that would make him a mega star and movie fans were apprehensively waiting for the release of a new Star Wars film. How times have changed.
But that was then and, thanks to Netflix, we’re now getting a brand new version of the man without fear. Marvel studios are moving forward with their cinematic universe at great pace with phase two coming to an end this summer and phase three beginning in earnest next year. But before that happens we have the beginning of their street level Avengers TV series when Daredevil is made available for binge watching on the 10th of April. Netflix have had some great success with this method of releasing TV shows recently with “House of Cards”, “Orange is the New Black” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” turning out to both critical and commercial successes.
But “Daredevil” is a different kind of project as not only is it the beginning of the video streaming sites new venture into comic book TV, it is also an ambitious attempt to create a shared universe that not only takes in this show but also the other Marvel Studios properties. This shared universe will comprise of Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Iron Fist, and Marvel’s Luke Cage all of which will eventually lead into Marvel’s The Defenders in a few years. Two of those shows have already announced their main cast with Krysten Ritter penciled in to play Jessica Jones and Mike Colter to play Luke Cage. Although we haven’t had anyone confirmed to play Danny Rand in Iron Fist yet, this shared universe is shaping up nicely if what we’ve seen from this Daredevil Netflix trailer.
This trailer offers a better look at the gritty and realistic tone we should expect from this reclaimed Marvel property. The main cast are all coming into this show from other critical successes with Charlie Cox bringing his charm and poise to the character of Daredevil. Cox may be familiar to audiences from his roles in “Stardust” and “Boardwalk Empire”. People might look down on the Ben Affleck version of Matt Murdock but, although he was let down at times by some dodgy storytelling and set pieces, I thought there was one or two scenes where his portrayal of a battered and broken down peoples champion was brilliant.
— Daredevil (@Daredevil) October 11, 2014
For those unfamiliar with the story of Matt Murdock here is a quick run down. Known as the man without fear, Matt Murdock is a lawyer by day and the vigilante Daredevil by night. Unlike other Marvel heroes, Daredevil has to rely on his will power, and training, to protect the people of Hell’s kitchen, New York. His alias of the man without fear comes from the fact that Murdock is in fact blind and has been so since an accident when he was a child left him blind but enhanced his other senses.
The main antagonist of the show is Wilson Fisk otherwise known as the Kingpin. Fisk will be played by Vincent D’Onofrio who is known to audiences from his time on Law and Order. Fisk is a Machiavellian character who controls New York’s underground from the shadows and his rise to power is very much linked to Murdock’s rise to prominence as the unheralded champion of the city.
Rounding out the cast is Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson and Scott Glenn as Stick. Rosario Dawson is also part of the cast playing Claire Temple who comic book fans might know better as Night Nurse. It has been implied that her character might be appearing across the Netflix shared universe as their is a history between her and Luke Cage.
The trailer had some brilliant action shots featuring our hero taking on multiple villains while getting his ass handed to him. We also got some shots of Hell’s kitchen and some further character development for our hero. How this fits into the rest of phase three for Marvel or if we might see some of these characters pop up on the big screen has still to be confirmed. This is certainly one of the shows I’m looking forward to this year so fingers crossed it lives up to the hype.