If there was any doubt Marvel's upcoming "Daredevil" TV show had buzz behind it and passion for it, NYCC 2014 put them to rest.
The special bracelets needed to be one of the select few to see the first images of Matt Murdock that will be coming to the small screen were gone within an hour of them being available.
A special signing by stars like Charlie Cox and Vincent D'Onofrio that was going to be attended by those winning a special drawing was canceled when people who had arrived as much as two hours before the con opened created such a line and logjam that Marvel just canceled it.
I was one of the lucky ones that got to see it.
My verdict? it was...okay.
Don't get me wrong. The production values are pretty high, especially for TV.
This is seen in the choreography of the fight scene - which the crowd loved so much Marvel basically showed it twice. It was very professional and well done.
Only one problem.
Without his trademark red suit, this black-clad Daredevil was almost impossible to identify during the kinetic, nighttime fight scene.
Before anyone starts telling me something I already know - this Daredevil is based in large part on Frank Miller's "Man Without Fear" comic-book limited series.
But what works in comics doesn't always translate perfectly to live-action.
I'm sorry, but it's tough to be invested in a fight where you don't know who is who.
So "Daredevil" might be too dark for it's own good.
Yes, I realize part of the supposed appeal of having Daredevil and the other "street-level" heroes set to follow him to the small screen be broadcast by NETFLIX is that they can get away with more violence and adult themes than they could on regular broadcast TV.
But "Daredevil" seems TOO serious.
No one smiles. There is no joy to contrast with the darkness. It is a flaw shared, to a different degree, by "Gotham".
But DC/WB are used to putting out dark material. So that fits.
But to have such a dark show - if the finished pilot and following episodes follow the lead of the shown footage - is very contrary to all of the MCU's cinematic franchises and even "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.".
Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight,also talked about how this isn't a typical hero story, where right and wrong are evident. rather, he said that "There is a lot of grey. Not so much right and wrong. But people who make different choices.
That sounds cool, but it's claptrap.
Part of the reason these heroes that Marvel has given us resonate do much is that 95% are clearly heroes.
If you can't tell who to root for physically and emotionally and morally, what is the point?
The best part was Vincent D'Onofrio's scene as Wilson Fisk meeting his future wife Vanessa for the first time.
Fisk, who D'Onofrio describes as " a child and a monster", is staring at a white painting at a gallery, his hulking frame and bald dome seen from behind as Vanessa approaches him. She tries making small talk with him (it appears it's her art gallery or she works there). Fisk seems agitated not by her but by the painting. She asked him what he sees in the painting, how it makes him feel. "It makes me feel alone," Fisk replied, far more vulnerable than you could ever expect from this legendary villain. Marvel's" Daredevil" would seem to be as much Fisk's origin if you will as Murdock's as a vigilante.
D'Onofrio reminds us in that scene what a gifted actor he is. (They all are).
Now, if they could just lighten up a bit....