In TV news (Netflix technically counts as TV, right?), we are lucky to have snagged a glimpse of Marvel's [Daredevil](movie:47230) in the latest FilmInk magazine. If you don't already know, here's the deal... it's going to be a 13-part Netflix series, and like all things Marvel, it is highly anticipated to be sure.
Netflix and Marvel teaming up seems like a pretty reliable recipe for success. I mean, this new model of shows that capture our attention and create an impulsive desire to binge-watch them is going to take some getting used to - but I'm not mad - I think if I like a show, I want to get through it as quickly as possible... on my own terms. Netflix allows for that, sparing us the week-long anticipation we randomly decided upon for the previous TV model.
Here's the official write-up about the series:
"Marvel’s Daredevil” is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.
And the photo:
These are Daredevil's formative years, before his outfit is finalized. You may remember the Ben Affleck version that hit theaters in 2003. Or the comic book version and outfit we have grown accustomed to. Both were red, and this one is black. We'll see the inception of Murdock's second life as a blind superhero, and I think it is going to be pretty awesome.
It won't be this...
In fact, it won't be much like the film at all, which featured Affleck and Jennifer Garner - it is widely considered to have been unsuccessful, and I think the showrunners for the TV series are pretty adamant that this will be a completely separate project.
Charlie Cox ([Boardwalk Empire](series:200674)) will play Murdock, aka 'The Man Without Fear', and brings good acting to the table. As we know, he'll be playing a blind man who has the rest of his senses heightened to the max. He's not invulnerable or invincible... he's also not perfect. He's flawed. He's a lawyer by day but takes the law into his own hands at night, doing what he thinks has to be done for the betterment of society.
His blindness doesn't define him - it makes him stronger, and I think that this series will show an often-conflicted man who literally dedicates his life to justice. Whether that is in the court room or out on the streets, he is fully 100% dedicated to battling for the greater good.
Cox even says in an interview a key differentiator between the comic book character and the version they plan to have on the show. He explains that unlike the comic book character, HIS Daredevil would, in fact, experience fear:
"Someone who does not have fear — literally does not experience fear — is not that interesting. The way I like to think about it is that he is a man with fear, but he on a daily basis decides to confront that fear and to overcome it. So the title of ‘the man without fear’ is almost a title that the public in his world gives him just because of what he does. But inside himself, he’s very afraid at times. And he finds a way to confront those fears and punch through it."
All of us have our limitations, whether they're as cut and dry as being blind or something more subtle that at times can make us scared. It's inspiring that Daredevil gets up every day and fights crime, even though he can't even see. It makes the rest of us get over our fears and face them head-on. It seems like he takes on that title with a little bit of hesitation. Our fear, if corralled and utilized can actually be one of our biggest assets.
The series comes out April 10, 2015 and I have a feeling I'll be binging on it pretty hardcore.
Are you excited for 'Daredevil' on Netflix?