By: Casey (@DarthHockey)
At midnight tonight, Netflix and Marvel Studios will release Daredevil. I’m really excited about this, as my decreased usefulness as a human this weekend will show. While there are many things to look forward to with this story, I wanted to share the three things I’m most anxious about.
1) The Start of Something New
Yes, it takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and there will be some superhero name-dropping, but this will be a story that stands on its own. While Daredevil may show up in a movie later on, it looks like Marvel is saving him and his future Defenders characters (Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) for Netflix-exclusive content. In a way, that means we’re not seeing the continuation of an old story this weekend, but the beginning of a new one. While the Avengers defend the world from alien invasions and killer robots, we get to see a blind attorney defend 11 city blocks of New York.
2) More Grounded in Reality
Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has stated that one of his templates for Daredevil was the Jason Bourne franchise. This tells me that the fight scenes will be a little more brutal than what we’re used to seeing from Marvel. I like this. My favorite Marvel film to date is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Aside from the story, one thing I really enjoyed about the film was the more realistic fighting that also seemed Bourne–inspired. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing Iron Man blast Chitauri warriors out of the sky as much as the next person, but there’s something about seeing a superhero get into a bare-knuckled fight with a bad guy that excites me. I don’t know, maybe it makes the character more relatable. Maybe the realism draws out the 8-year old inside of me that desperately wanted to be a superhero. Maybe it’s just a nice change of pace from all the CGI-driven comic book movies we usually get. Either way, I’m ready to sit back and enjoy a more grounded superhero story.
3) I’ve Been Waiting For This For a Long Time
When I was a kid, my first introduction to comic book characters was through television and film. Daredevil was a favorite. I first saw him on screen in 1989 for The Trial of the Incredible Hulk when his alter-ego, Matt Murdock, acts a defense attorney for David Banner (that’s not a mistake; he was not “Bruce” for this adaptation). A few years later, the Frank Miller-inspired Daredevil: The Man Without Fear miniseries aired with Rex Smith playing the title character and John Rhys-Davies playing Kingpin. I haven’t watched this since it aired, but in my mind, it was great. It’s what jumpstarted my love of comic book characters, and as much as I loved Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, I despised the Mark Steven Johnson-directed adaptation starring Ben Affleck. So, I’ve been waiting 26 years for another good Daredevil adaptation, and something tells me Marvel Studios will not disappoint me.
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