Marvel's Daredevil is coming to Netflix in May of next year. Like many people, I absolutely can't wait. This will finally give a much needed reboot to one of the most underrated comic book character of all time. Yeah, he's famous to a degree, but be honest: many more people know Spider-Man's origin than Daredevil's. What else can help Daredevil rise in popularity? Good villains.
Who has some of the greatest (or at least, the most memorable) comic book villains of all time? Batman. No I'm not one of those fanboys. This is a fact. Even though a lot of Batman villains (and Batman fans will definitely deny this) are pretty one dimensional (yes, there are still many who have depth to them, but let's be honest here), they have still become some of the most recognizable villains in the comic book world. Marvel needs to do a good job with Daredevil villains (though I don't doubt them at all), and make them well known. Here are my picks for villains on the show.
Leland "Owl" Owlsley was a ruthless financier, although he had a respectable image. An internal audit by IRS discovered files relating Owlsley with different illegal business enterprises. Owlsley decided to get rid of his previous image, and began scheming to become a crimelord in New York City. He began by hiring thugs for the Owl's Gang, and created a small crime empire. Somehow, "the Owl" managed to get a serum he supposedly used to glide and even fly for short distances; he had to use the serum frequently to retain these powers.
Marvel has already confirmed that the Owl will be in the show, played by Bob Gunton. Since they are going to do a very grounded, dark and gritty take on [Daredevil](movie:47230), I believe that they DEFINITELY might change some of aspects of the character, maybe going more for the crime lord route? All I can say is I can't wait to see how this villain will be portrayed.
The Maggia is an international crime syndicate, somewhat similar to the Mafia, but the Maggia differs in that it frequently hires supervillains and mad scientists to work for them. Count Nefaria and his daughter Madame Masque have both been leaders of an important Maggia family.
The Maggia actually has a lot of Avengers and Spider-Man villains involved with them. This will most likely be how they introduce a bunch of villains to the show. Also, the Nobili family of the Maggia is descended from Inhumans. This is why I believe that the Daredevil/Agents of SHIELD crossover (which I am almost 100% sure will happen) will involve the Maggia and the Inhumans. It's the best way to crossover the two shows. This would also introduce:
The Enforcers/Wrecking Crew
There are many things they can do with this. The Enforcers were a group of thugs that fought Spider-Man way back in the day. There have been numerous versions of the Enforcers. The Wrecking Crew ( Bulldozer, Piledriver, Thunderball and the Wrecker) are much more powerful villains. In fact, they have fought with the likes of Thor. So if they do show up in the show (I doubt they will) they will probably have severely changed origins. The Enforcers have a much bigger chance of showing up....
As I will talk about in a later article (my idea for a Spider-Man show), the Enforcers should be in a potential Spider-Man crossover. Since they are old school Spider-Man villains, that's my way to crossover. Keep in mind that the show is not going to have Spidey in it in the first season. This is a potential second season crossover.
Anyone who knows anything about Daredevil knows that he is Daredevil's greatest enemy. And most people who are excited for this show (just like I am) probably want him in the show. Well, it's not happening. At least, for the foreseeable future. Stephen DeKnight, the showrunner for Daredevil tweeted this. But don't worry, if the show does well enough it could get a second season or a movie, so he might still show up.