It was only a matter of time before I found another superhero/Marvel-affiliated thing to watch, and I’ll have you know that I waited a full 3 days of being bombarded by Daredevil on my Tumblr and Netflix dashboards before I finally gave in. I was intrigued because I remember watching the Ben Affleck movie version circa 2003. It’s been over a decade since I watched the beginning of what would eventually become Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner’s marriage, so I don’t remember a lot of detail. I do remember, however, that Colin Farrell had a weird cyclops thing going on in the middle of his forehead and that the movie was absolutely terrible.
I’ve watched the first 2 episodes of this Netflix original series, and I say to Netflix: bravo. It seems like there is a constant slew of sequels, remakes, and adaptations, and although Daredevil was a movie over a decade ago, this is a completely fresh take. It lends credit to the creators for knowing that the market will eat up whatever they dish out, but at the same time, they didn’t skimp out on the writing quality, which is top-notch.
Matt Murdock aka The Daredevil is played by Charlie Cox, which automatically put him into my good graces because he played the main character, Tristen, in Stardust. Matt was blinded as a child in a freak car accident with crazy chemicals spilling everywhere; the result of said accident being that the rest of his senses all became heightened. His superhuman senses allow him to engage in his nightly activities of fighting criminals and saving lives in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. In the day time, he works as a good-hearted attorney helping the innocent who find themselves in bad spots, unintentionally getting involved in company embezzlement scandals and mobster-run human trafficking.
You may be asking “Ok, but how is this different from Arrow, it has a secret vigilante at night too, only he’s not blind!” What is cool and different about Daredevil is that Matt’s day-job and night-job overlap. He works from a legal standpoint in the day, but unfortunately the justice system is corrupt with bad people infiltrating every aspect of society and keeping Hell’s Kitchen in the palms of their hands. And that is where the Daredevil steps in.
There are a lot of flashbacks to Matt’s childhood around the time of the accident, and the strong relationship he had with his father is the main motivation for the path he has chosen as attorney and vigilante for the less fortunate. It’s all very Bruce Wayne, except Matt is a man of the people who grew up in Hell’s Kitchen and never lived the highlife like the billionaire philanthropists Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen.
With Arrow and The Flash, I (sometimes begrudgingly) keep coming back for the characters even though I don’t expect all that much from the writing. With Daredevil, not only do I care deeply for the main character and his struggle for justice, the writing is fantastic and if that’s not enough to convince you, then I don’t know what will.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to finish the rest of Season 1.