Daredevil – A Netflix Success or A Marvel Bust?

Daredevil-televisonI never really grew up a huge comic book fan. I remember a couple of comics that I followed loyally (I was a big mark for Power Man & Iron Fist), but other than that I would just buy whatever cover would catch my eye.

The PunisherHaving said that, I’ve been a massive comic book movie fan through the years. Sure, for every Batman featuring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson you had The Punisher with Dolph Lundgren. For every Iron Man was an Elektra. Thankfully, Christopher Nolan changed all that with his Dark Knight trilogy…pretty much re-inventing the genre.

That’s not to say there aren’t still some stinkers out there (Spiderman 3, anyone? Either one of the stand alone Hulk movies?), but for the most part the genre is doing well. It’s big and loud and colorful and fun to watch.

I’ll be the first to say that I didn’t hate the Ben Affleck portrayal of Daredevil.

I thought the movie was good (especially the Director’s Cut). I saw what they tried to accomplish and thought, for the most part, they succeeded. There were a LOT of failures in the movie, though (that final battle scene between Affleck and Michael Clarke Duncan was ridiculous), so I was EXTREMELY hesitant to open up to the new Marvel Daredevil series on Netflix.

Charlie CoxI mean, I haven’t watched a single episode of Agent Carter, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, or Agents of SHIELD…so why should I give Daredevil a chance? I didn’t recognize the lead actor (Charlie Cox?) and, to be honest, I thought he looked too dorky to play the part.  I mean, HE’S gonna play The Man Without Fear?

If you, like me, decided to still give Daredevil a chance on Netflix only because (a) you had the time and (b) you already had the service…you probably were just as pleasantly surprised as I was at just how damn good the show was.

I was completely sold on Cox playing Matt Murdoch. He was never over-the-top but was believable enough to be a bad-ass when he needed to be. I was also sold on Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Vincent D’Onofrio portraying The Kingpin himself, Wilson Fisk. The storylines were gritty, as was the action. The language was salty and one episode even had a Walking Dead-esque head decapitation-from-a-car-door scene. All in all, it’s been nothing like the movie versions of Marvel superheroes. It’s been an adult version without going over-the-top in an attempt to prove that they’re different.Daredevil cast

I’m not going to give away the story and I don’t think spoilers are a good thing, either. I think you should simply give it a chance, if you haven’t already. If you are on the fence like I was, then you will thank me later for watching it. It’s honestly one of the best things that has ever had the Marvel brand attached to it. It’s a huge victory for both Netflix AND for Marvel.

It also gives me great hope for the upcoming Netflix series on Luke Cage (i.e. Power Man) and Danny Rand (i.e. Iron Fist). Eventually, there should be a team-up happening…but until then, I’m just going to continue to enjoy the shit out of this version of Daredevil. Bring on Season 2!!Daredevil season 2

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