When Marvel and Netflix came up with the idea for a Daredevil series, they tied that idea to a rocket and lit the fuse. All we’ve been hearing about it since have included casting news, set videos, story concepts, etc. It’s been an onslaught of information and it has done nothing but jazz up fans for this seemingly epic endeavor. While some efforts offer the occasional tidbit and leave you mostly in the dark, Daredevil has been barreling through its process, and made us part of it the whole way. As a champion of the theory that Marvel handles its properties better than any other studio, I have oodles of faith that this series will make us forget the Affleck travesty. Everything’s been spot on; from the projected tone to the casting. For example…
Fresh off his successful turn in ‘Silence Of The Lambs,’ Scott Glenn has been perfectly cast in the coveted role of Matt Murdock’s blind mentor Stick. Wait, what? ‘Silence Of The Lambs?’ What’s Glenn done since 1991?? Looks like he’s had some work in the ‘Bourne’ movies and a whole bunch of stuff I never heard of. How could a guy who’s so entirely fallen off the radar even come to mind when geeks put up their dream cast list? Well, Marvel’s Head Of Television Jeph Loeb sees this as a match made in heaven.
“Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock’s life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero’s journey…There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in Matt’s journey to become the super hero we call Daredevil.”
And I agree 100%. Never saw it coming but I love every minute of it. I think Glenn not only looks the part, but has those drill sergeant chops needed to make the role believable. Matt’s relationship with Stick is full of tough and laborious exchanges designed to build the boy into something beyond his blindness. He trains and works that kid to death, forcing him to get past his affliction and accept his destiny as a martial arts ass-kicking machine. On paper, it’s rougher than a night in jail. On screen, it will just be a prelude to a series that showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight calls “grounded” and “gritty.” He recently shared a lot of info with Paste Magazine, because these ‘Daredevil’ people just can’t shut up about this show…
“With this version of Daredevil we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray. That naturally fits in with the Daredevil character. Matt Murdock, on a regular basis, would get the shit beat out of him. That’s one thing that makes him a great character. He’s not super strong. He’s not invulnerable. In every aspect, he’s a man that’s just pushed himself to the limits, he just has senses that are better than a normal humans. He is human. The other thing that really drew me to this character is that he’s one of the most morally grey of the heroes… He’s a lawyer by day, and he’s taken this oath. But every night he breaks that oath, and goes out and does very violent things.”
Yes, a normal guy who just happened to take down Spiderman once or twice. It wasn’t pretty, and it was probably his luckiest day ever. But it happened.
That’s Daredevil for you. He’s just a blind guy with heightened senses (and a radar sense, which helps, Mr. DeKnight). But he’s also an Olympic-level athlete and a major beatdown artist who carries weighted batons to hit you with. And sometimes he might hit the bad guys a little harder than he needs to. He might have a few tainted ideas about fairplay, but when you’re not strong like the Hulk, you gotta fight dirty. DeKnight agrees because, like I said, these folks spill Daredevil beans like Mumbles ratting out Big Boy Caprice:
“The image that always stuck in my mind was the Frank Miller Elektra run where he’s holding Bullseye over the street, and he lets Bullseye go because he doesn’t want Bullseye to ever kill anyone again. When I read that originally, when I was young, I’d never seen anything like that in comics. Superman scoops up the villain and puts them in jail. This time the hero didn’t do that. It was a morally grey ground that I found absolutely fascinating. There are two sides to this character. He’s literally one bad day away from becoming the The Punisher!”
I can’t be more gung ho about this series. If I didn’t already have Netflix, I’d get a subscription just so I could watch this show. Everything they’ve done so far has been amazing. No, I’m not so sure about Charlie Cox in the title role yet, but I’m open-minded. Vincent D’Onofrio playing the Kingpin was a pleasant surprise. Deborah Ann Woll cast as Karen Page is a welcome addition now that ‘True Blood’ has met the true death. Still don’t know who Rosario Dawson is playing but I’m always glad to see her. And now we have Scott Glenn as Stick. How good is this news?
As far as I’m concerned, Spring 2015 can’t come fast enough!
Via – Marvel