Daredevil is tricky to adapt. He obviously has to be strong, able to hold his own against many thugs, and go toe to toe with characters like Kingpin, Bullseye, and Elektra, but there's more to it than that. The people involved with a Daredevil adaptation can't just ignore his blindness like some of the comic books can. He needs to have a certain amount of vulnerability to him, a sort of weakness one can exploit. He needs to be more raw in his fighting than someone like Spider-Man. He needs to be strengthened by his blindness, but also weakened by it.
Luckily for both Marvel and Netflix, the Daredevil TV series nails it.
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From the moment the first fight in the series starts, I knew this show was going to be something. Daredevil is clearly a trained and superhuman individual, but he is still just a man. When he gets beat down and injured, it affects his fighting technique for the rest of the battle. It's clear he's getting tired from battle over the course of battle. He swings and misses, and he takes a beating. He loses sometimes. But he is also clearly more than human. His weakness makes him powerful. He sees more than anyone else, in a way. He can sense heartbeats to see(so to speak) when someone's afraid or lying, and he can sense the smallest of movements in people, making him an incredible crimefighter, and a pretty kickass lawyer too.
But the show is more than just fighting. Hell's Kitchen is actually a very nice place in real life, but the explanation given for its condition is quite clever, if not just a bit forced. Accompanying Matt Murdock AKA Daredevil are Foggy, his comic relief sidekick, and Karen, a secretary/possible love interest (though she seems to be more of a Foggy love interest at the time). The acting all the way around is quite solid in the show. Even supporting and bit parts are relatively well acted.
The one character I felt odd about was Wilson Fisk. Vincent D'Onofrio's portrayal seemed a bit too somber and sad for the character. He didn't feel like a big presence or a strong character, reminding me of a sad puppy. However, not only does he get more intense in the later episodes, you also find out his backstory, making some sense of his attitude. By the end, I grew to love D'Onofrio's work as Fisk.
The story is also a very interesting one for a hero. Matthew Murdock is not out for revenge like Spider-Man, and he's not trying to compensate for not stopping his father's death like Batman. He's simply fed up with the place Hell's Kitchen has become. And Fisk is a man much on the same boat. While Daredevil improves the city bit by bit, person by person, Fisk works on the broad strokes, making bolder moves in order to speed up his city's "improvements". They are working towards the same goal, according to Fisk. But, the city they envision is clearly different, making 2 men who may have been friends under different circumstances into rivals.
Yet another interesting facet of the show is the law. Namely, Matt having to step outside of it sometimes. The show doesn't exactly explore the idea of legal action being ineffective to its full potential, one of the show's few shortcomings. In fact, although Matt spends a lot of time outside of the suit and much of the show is dialogue, Foggy and Karen seem to be doing the lawyer work while Matt takes more direct action. But there's always another season to explore that. And I sincerely hope that Daredevil gets another season, because it's a show that deserves it.