Synopsis: A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.
Review: Like many people. I have spent my weekend watching the new ‘Daredevil’ series on Netflix and I’m with the majority who are saying that once again Marvel working with Netflix have raised the bar when it comes to adapting comic book characters for the small screen. If you are still watching ‘Gotham’ don’t bother. Watch ‘Daredevil’ instead because unlike ‘Gotham,’ which promised much when it started last autumn. ‘Daredevil’ delivers and doesn’t pull its punches. The show does suffer occasionally with pacing issues on and off, but for most part it flows really nicely.
A favorite episode of mine is when Foggy finally finds out Matt Murdock’s secret. In this episode we see some brilliantly intense scenes between Foggy and Murdock as well as some fun flashbacks of when the two first met.
As comic readers know already. ‘Daredevil’ has always been the street crime level of the Marvel universe and the Netflix production has embraced that quality in their 13 part series, but they have also embraced giving us a hero, who is flawed and conflicted about his mission to clean up Hells Kitchen and topple Wilson Fisk.
The writing on this series is top draw. The show is as much about Matt Murdock’s journey to becoming Daredevil as it about Wilson Fisk’s climb to become the Kingpin.
Charlie Cox does wonderfully in his duel role of Daredevil and Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio does a super job of giving us a much more layered version of Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin. I really enjoyed watching how the two main characters of this series developed over the 13 episodes.
Praise also has to be given to the supporting cast, which included Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson and my ideal woman Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, a character who actually made her first appearance in the Luke Cage comics. So it be fun to see if Rosario gets to reprise Claire Temple in that Netflix series.
The action in this series is visceral and violent. It’s not for the faint of heart. One scene in particular sees Wilson Fisk decapitate somebodies head with a car door. It’s very much a show for the more mature viewer.
- Fantastic story arc and character development
- Has some small pacing issues in parts, but nothing to bad.
The writing, acting, and production values were superb. That said, I won’t be coming back for more. Subjectively, the Hell’s Kitchen end of the MCU just doesn’t float my boat. I prefer the fantastical — the gods and monsters. I’m finding the grounded realism we’ve seen of late to be a taxing contradiction in terms.