As someone who actually remembers the Ben Affleck Daredevil movie with some amount of fondness, despite it being widely panned, I could not wait to check out the new Netflix and Marvel co-production TV series of the same title that released just recently. While it’s most certainly still a Daredevil show, it’s very very different from the Ben Affleck film. It’s an incredible adaptation of the comics that really shows off just what a Daredevil live action piece should be.
Daredevil centres around the main character Matt Murdock (played by the excellent Charlie Cox), a lawyer who was blinded at a young age in an accident. This causes him to have other heightened senses, primarily a higher level of hearing. As well as this, he brings incredible martial arts and boxing training that allows him to carry out this vigilante lifestyle as his alter ego, Daredevil.
One of the best things about Daredevil is the character interactions between Foggy, the other partner of his law firm, Karen Page, the secretary whose life he saves, and nurse Claire Temple, one of the only people who knows Murdock is Daredevil and treats his wounds for him. The script is funny when it needs to be and serious when it needs to be, the highlight of that latter being the flashbacks to his life with his father, who was a boxer.
Also of note are the action sequences, particularly the one at the end of the second episode. The fight scenes are incredibly well choreographed as well as being pretty gruesome for a TV show (rated 15). While they’re exaggerated and drawn out for effect, the fights are so well done you’ll be exclaiming constantly how cool a particular move is.
Of course, central to a super hero/vigilante story is the villain, in this case played by Vincent D’Onofrio. As a big fan of his from the Law & Order: Criminal Intent days, it’s great to see D’Onofrio really excel in a villain role. He plays the bald, hulking Wilson Fisk, a shadowy figure that owns multiple corporations which are used of course for nefarious means. I won’t spoil too much about the show, but suffice to say D’Onofrio plays a smart and intimidating villain which really suits the show.
Daredevil is another great example of what Netflix can do with original content, especially coming off Better Call Saul which just ended recently. Better Call Saul was also incredible, and Netflix deserves a lot of praise for what it’s doing. Soon regular TV will be obsolete, and service providers like Netflix will reign king, and they’ll do so extremely quickly should they keep producing shows of this quality.