There’s still six long months to wait until Netflix premieres the entire first season of Daredevil to their streaming service in May 2015. That will be one long weekend of Mountain Dew, Funyuns, and Daredevil binge watching for a lot of Marvel fans. The whole thing is being shot as one big movie and it will be interesting to see how it works out. The series lead Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), while doing red carpet press for the Theory of Everything premiere last night in New York talked about the daredevil series.
How’s he handling his new superhero role?
It’s great fun, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility. I wasn’t really aware of how vast the comic book world was until I became part of the Marvel universe. I went to Comic Con last week, and it’s really important to a lot of people. It really is. I’m having a great time.
When asked about what die-hard comic book fans can expect he said:
I’ve read comics after comics after comics — I’ve never read so many comics in my life, and we’re finding moments from the comics to reference in the show. We’re trying to make a show that’s new and much, much darker than anything I’ve ever seen Marvel do before.
He went on to explain what “darker” meant:
The concept that he can’t stop. He’s going out and he’s taking the law into his own hands, and he doesn’t know if he can stop. He might be addicted to it.
It’s funny how things turn complete circles in Hollywood and fandoms. Back in the 90’s everything comic book was going towards the darker and grittier style in both art and story lines. Fans couldn’t get enough of it. Now it seems that most fans have had enough of the Dark and Gritty Reboots and want stories that focus on the characters, the action, and a return to exploring the superhero mythos, along with some humor.
From the picture above I’m guessing that one recurring Daredevil gag might be Murdock explaining all those bruises. How many times will he say he walked into a door?
Cox’s comment about addiction is an intriguing one. Is Matt Murdock addicted to the violence, the vigilante justice, or the secret identity aspect of putting on those red tights? That will be an interesting thing to consider when watching the show and not a superhero issue that I think we have seen explored on television before.
From all accounts, the casting, the production team involved, and the writers, this Daredevil series looks to be on par with some of the best superhero television we’ve seen so far. Will Daredevil and the rest of the Netflix Marvel series help level the DC/Marvel television playing field? I think even the most diehard Marvel fan has to admit that DC is tearing it up on TV while Marvel hands down has the big screen under its thrall.
Daredevil hits Netflix in May of 2015 starring Charlie Cox, Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll, Toby Leonard Moore, Bob Gunton, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Ayelet Zurer, Elden Henson and Vincent D’Onofrio.