With the release of Ben Affleck's train wreck film back in the early 2000's subsequently thinning out the character's fan base, Daredevil seemed doomed as both a film franchise and a potential tentpole superhero. The film garnered spiteful reviews from both long-time fans of the comic and a plethora of film critics alike. It seemed almost certain that the devil was truly dead and buried.
Fast forward to today as Marvel's Netflix series "Daredevil" was released to audiences across the globe... Audiences who had no idea what they were in for! The first episode plunges it's viewer into the world we know inhabited by big-name heroes such as Iron-Man and Captain America, acknowledging everything that has come before yet separating itself from the bright tones and big laughs of their franchises and focussing on the dark, gritty and sinister corners of Hell's Kitchen, New York. This allows audiences breathing space from the current MCU whilst not completely separating from it.
The shift in focus also allows the series itself to study themes and tones not previously showcased in the Marvel Studios oeuvre. Blood, brains, bones and batons fly across the screen as Daredevil swiftly cuts through the scum of the underworld with acrobatic moves that put even the great Dark Knight to shame. Marvel has seized the chance to distance themselves from standard action-violence and instead unleash all the gruesome, hard-hitting pulp-fiction-esque spectacle of the comic series.
Matt Murdock is portrayed as a complex yet humorous lawyer who attempts to see the best he can in all people whilst still knowing the distinction between good and evil is a small, sometimes invisible one. Cox plays him perfecly allowing the silence of the character to speak louder than his words, he is no doubt the best choice for the character.
Other characters such as Foggy Nelson and Karen Page however, fail to prove their importance in the storyline and come across as interference, halting development of the series.
However, just the same way that Charlie Cox is able to redefine Murdock, Vincent D'Onofrio shines as the Kingpin of crime Wilson Fisk. His quiet, throaty voice and slow, subtle movements allow him to deceive both his fellow characters and the audince from his great speed and enormous strength. D'Onofrio plays the character of Wilson Fisk in the light of a quiet, calculating mob genius who will go to any and all extents to secure his firm grasp on the throats of the powerful and the innocent who live in Hells Kitchen.
The series has achieved many great moments, dark storylines and thrilling blockbuster action sequences that easily trump that of other shows such as Arrow, Agents of SHIELD and The Flash whilst keeping in mind the most vital element to the success of a series like this: keeping faithful to the characters and not shying away from the darkness.