In the comics, they call him “the man without fear,” and there certainly is fearlessness to this new series debuting April 10 on Netflix.
As my video review above says, Marvel’s Daredevil is the TV offering from the superhero giant that we’ve been waiting for. With Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight as showrunner and Boardwalk Empire alum Charlie Cox as the blind protector of a very rotten Big Apple, the 13-episode first season leaves the painful 2003 Ben Affleck movie a very distant memory.
With influences including features The Raid, District 13 and Taxi Driver, this very stylized Daredevil is hard to take your eyes off – which is a way of warning you that there might be some bingeing in your weekend. To that end, let’s give a shout-out to former showrunner Drew Goddard, who wrote the opening episodes. Sopranos and Mad Men vet Phil Abraham helmed the first two episodes in the series.
As with all things Marvel, Daredevil is part of a larger whole. In this case, the legacy of 2012’s The Avengers plays a big narrative role. Also the series is set as the first of four Marvel shows coming to the streaming service in the next year or so. Krysten Ritter will play Jessica Jones in A.K.A. Jessica Jones, The Good Wife‘s Mike Colter will play Luke Cage with an Iron Fist series to follow. All four will team up for The Defenders mini-series.
With all that in mind, check out my Daredevil review. Will you be watching the latest Marvel offering on Friday?