Netflix’s Daredevil is an example of what Comic Book shows should be. Continuing the trend of keeping Marvel on top when it comes to live action series, Daredevil is an extremely well done take on the often mishandled property. Bringing to light the most canonically correct iteration of Matt Murdock’s blind vigilante to date, we get a glimpse at many supporting characters that are often neglected. Gone are the days of Colin Farrell’s abysmal attempt at playing Bullseye. Gone are the days of Ben Affleck’s phoned in performance of Matt Murdock. Oh, and to our relief, Jennifer Garner’s Elektra has been long washed from our palettes.
Within our brand new cast, we also get tons of supporting characters, as previously mentioned. Alongside Matt Murdock we see: Stick, Kingpin, Elektra, the Punisher, The Hand, and so many more. Each character is handled tastefully and with respect. Each feels like a compliment to the story rather than another component to be tossed in for fans’ sake. They don’t water down the violence. They don’t try to change or modernize the characters. If someone’s supposed to be a ninja, they’re a ninja. If someone’s supposed to be a killing machine, they’re a killing machine. There’s no reinvention here, and that’s a good thing, because it tells a story that hasn’t been able to be told properly before.
The camera work and cinematography are absolutely beautiful as well. There’s one fight scene particularly in the second season that takes place down a stairwell that is absolutely brilliant. There’s something about the way Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock) plays his character that makes everything so believable. He’s quiet, and reserved, just like Matt in the comics. Foggy Nelson is brought in too, and Elden Henson plays him in a way that is not even the least bit annoying. We also get to meet strong female characters like Elektra and Karen Page who compliment Daredevil in the best of ways.
I can’t rave enough about how well this show was cast. I think that Vincent D’onfrio is the best Kingpin that has EVER. EVER. EVER. Been on screen. He’s perfect. The way he plays the role…unbelievable. It’s a joy to watch him on screen being as bad as he can be. The only one I’m not sold on is Jon Bernthal as the Punisher, but that’s an unfortunate side effect of seeing the Walking Dead’s Shane in his face. He did a great job in the end, and I’m excited for his solo series as the Punisher as well. Regardless of my gripes, I commend his performance.
If you’re a fan of comic books, you have to watch this. If you’re a fan of Marvel, you have to watch this. If you’re a fan of Daredevil, YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS. Catch my drift? This is how I wish the Flash or Arrow would’ve been done. It’s a tastefully put together homage of the best ideas that Marvel can create. It does Daredevil a service by reminding the world that Matt Murdock is a badass, and Hell’s Kitchen has never been more safe.
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