I was never a huge Daredevil fan and I rarely read any of the comics, but I always admired the superhero and his legacy. There was something cool about Matt Murdock, a lawyer that was blinded by chemicals as a kid that enhanced his other senses and was trained to hone them along with learning martial arts from a guy called Stick (yeah I know). Throw in an impressive collection of enemies, especially Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin, and you had Marvel’s version of Batman in a sense. Now Marvel has teamed with Netflix to bring this series to the small screen in a big way with Marvel’s Daredevil that features thirteen episodes making up quite possibly the greatest comic book TV show adaptation ever.
Taking place early the crimefighter’s career, the plot follows our hero Matt Murdock (played awesomely by Charlie Cox) who is just getting his law firm off the ground with his best friend Foggy Nelson. The two have little money to make their practice work, but they vow to make Hell’s Kitchen in New York a better place by helping anyone they can. Meanwhile the Kingpin (played to perfection by Vincent D’Onofrio) is getting his criminal organization off the ground in an attempt to also make Hell’s Kitchen a better place by tearing it down and remaking it from scratch, no matter who gets in his way. So what happens when Matt becomes Daredevil at night and fights crime to get the justice he can’t have as a lawyer by day, and starts taking down Kingpin’s plans little by little? Let’s just say wins and losses will happen on both sides as this epic battle of wills plays out.
I’ll be honest, I’ve been excited to see this series after watching the teasers and trailers for it, as it reminded me a lot of a live action take on Batman: Year One. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, as it’s based off famed comic book writer Frank Miller’s origin story of Daredevil, who also went off to make some of the best Batman stories out there, including Year One. Thanks to this being a series, there’s more time to get invested in the characters which gives the show a lot of much needed depth, something that can’t be done properly in a film (despite what most people thought of it, I actually loved the Ben Affleck film though). I really liked how every character has a backstory and their own reasons for what they’re doing, especially with Matt and Wilson’s playing out like two sides of the same coin.
It’s also good to know that the action is just as great as the storytelling, as it’s by far the most violent Marvel production I’ve seen. There’s plenty of blood and broken bones (compound fractures at that) stemming from the well choreographed fight scenes that’s right on par with some of the best action films out there. Some of the more violent scenes may disturb some, including Daredevil himself when a lackey he confronts commits suicide in a grotesque way, but I enjoyed every second of it and can only hope we’ll have more of it as the next Marvel series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones comes our way later this year.
Whether you’re a fan of the comic book or not, Marvel’s Daredevil is easily one of the best shows out there that adults young and old will enjoy. It has everything you could want to not only make a great adaptation from the comics, but also that of a great TV series. A fantastic cast and storyline coupled with insane, awesome action will make any who view it become excited for the Marvel live action universe again and for what comes next.