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“Daredevil” Review

The man without fear is back, only this time Ben Affleck is busy being Batman or something.

dd_vertical-bloodyknuckles_us-mainOn April 10th, 2015 Disney and Marvel Studios teamed up with Netflix to release a 13 episode run of Daredevil, the first of four superhero series’, eventually leading to a Defenders team up. I for one, was only able to binge watch the first 7 episodes before life took over and forced me to leave the house. Now less than a week later I have finished the finale and I am left wanting more. Like the comic book, Daredevil is set in the dangerous streets of Hell’s Kitchen. The crime rate is at an all-time high, half the police force can’t be trusted, and everything is overseen by one very rich and very mean man. Luckily, enter Matt Murdock. By day, he’s cleaning up the streets as a lawyer, and by night he’s a mask wearing vigilante distributing his own kind of “blind” justice. That’s a pun… Because Matt Murdock is blind. But don’t worry, his other senses improved and now he is a superhero.

Charlie Cox plays the title character. He may be a new face to most of us, but he falls into the role perfectly. Most people would take a shot at Ben Affleck here, but of all the issues with the 2003 movie, I don’t think Affleck’s acting was one of them. Vincent D’Onofrio plays Wilson Fisk, AKA The Kingpin. He’s one of the most badass villains in Marvel Comics history, and one of the best parts of the Netflix series. They give the character a tragic back story and something worth fighting for, which is key for a great villain in my opinion. My favourite episode in the entire series is Shadow’s in the Glass, which explores Fisk’s dark past. Since Jon Favreau is happy being the best friend to a different superhero, there’s a new partner at Nelson and Murdock: Attorneys at Law. Elden Henson, who I will always remember as a bash brother, is Foggy Nelson, and he’s fantastic. He’s charming and funny, and the perfect contrast to Cox’s Matt Murdock. I was curious going in who the romantic lead would be, as they cast two amazingly talented and beautiful women as important characters in the comics. I felt Rosario Dawson was really underused this season. She appears in a few episodes as Claire Temple and has a brief fling with Matt, but she can barely even be considered a main character. In the comics her character is a love interest for Luke Cage, so I’m hoping we’ll see some more of her when that series hits Netflix next year. True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll plays Karen Page, but unlike her comic book counterpart she isn’t really a love interest for Matt. She actually has some decent chemistry and a will they/ won’t they dynamic with Foggy. They have already begun to write some of the Karen’s problems with addiction, that lead to her tragic end in the comics.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Kingpin
Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin

Daredevil walks a fine line between a PG-13 and an R rating. It is definitely significantly darker than most of the movies and shows that exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s dark, bloody, and violent, but you’ll love it, I promise. The dangers that the characters face are a lot more real than we’re used to in Marvel movies. No alien invasions or trickster Gods in this one. The show was in good hands with the creative team of show creator Drew Goddard and producer Stephen DeKnight. I have been a massive fan of both of these gentlemen since their time under Joss Whedon‘s tutelage working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. They have helped open the doors to an amazing Defenders universe within the already existing MCU, and I look forward to seeing where these characters will go next.

Next up for the Marvel/ Netflix partnership is AKA: Jessica Jones, starring Breaking Bad’s Kristen Ritter and Doctor Who’s David Tennant.

3 thoughts on ““Daredevil” Review

  1. When Vincent D’Onofrio enters the series, it’s a game changer. I’d say it’s one of his best performances. He pulls off Kingpin brilliantly.

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