Guardians of the Galaxy‘s James Gunn has watched Netflix’s first season of Daredevil and has some heartfelt things to say about it. He took to his Facebook page, his usual avenue to talk and interact with fans, with these words.
I have loved the character of Daredevil since I was a little boy. Outside of Batman, Daredevil probably has more great comic book arcs than any other character. From Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli to Kevin Smith to Ed Brubaker and on and on, the character has elicited some of the best work from some of the greatest comic book storytellers.
So I was a bit frightened last night when I dug into the new Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix series. I’m a rough TV critic – I love five or so shows on the air right now, but that’s about it – and I didn’t want to see one of my favorite characters come up short. On top of that I really like Steven S. DeKnight, the showrunner, and Drew Goddard, the creator, both as people and as creative forces (Spartacus, Cloverfield, Cabin in the Woods, etc).
Well, I love it. The cast is great. Charlie Cox is just awesome, and Elden Henson is about as an amazing a Foggy as I could have imagined. The fight sequences stand alongside Spartacus and Rome as some of the best TV fight sequences ever (so, the best TV fight sequences ever not performed in togas). And the scripts have been touching and on point and true to the character. In the first few episodes, I cried twice: once in a scene between young Matt and battling Jack, and again when I realized this character I loved so much for so long had been brought to television with such spirit, love, and care.
What I’m saying is, there’s a huge Marvel event going on right now, and it’s Daredevil on Netflix. I hope you guys check it out.
Looks like James Gunn is giving Daredevil two thumbs up and a raccoon. The only higher rating he could have given it would have been to include a dancing baby Groot.
Have you watched any of the series yet? I finished the first season yesterday and was simply put, blown away. I am always looking for Gateway comic books, movies, and television shows to introduce friends and family to my super hero filled world. Daredevil just joined that list of very recommendable introduction pieces.
Gunn mentions Ed Brubaker‘s Daredevil run, which is fantastic. I imagine we’ll see some version of it in season 3. Perhaps even at the tail end of season 2. If you haven’t read that yet, pick up the trade, well worth it.