Get set to explore one of the less desirable zipcodes of the Marvel Universe in new Netflix show Daredevil.
It’s the first strike in Marvel’s scheme to build a grittier, more street- level world for its heroes, far removed from the cosmic stakes of its blockbuster movies. And Daredevil’s an obvious choice to bring urban justice to the small screen: the Man Without Fear operates in Hell’s Kitchen in New York, setting for some of the most brutal and evocative tales in comic book history. The show has been filming on location in the city, favouring the decaying alleyways of Brooklyn and Long Island for that authentic Frank Miller vibe.
Developed for television by Drew Goddard – who’s written the opening episodes – and showrun by Spartacus supremo Steven S DeKnight, Daredevil also promises to bring us a more morally complex take on the Marvel milieu, filled with flawed, ethically ambiguous characters. Seaso
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Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Cox is lawyer- turned- vigilante Matt Murdock, blinded by radioactive waste as a boy but using his enhanced senses – and lethal way with a billy club – to fight the rotten core of the Big Apple. True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll is enigmatic love interest Karen Page while Elden Henson brings the bromance as Foggy Murdock, Murdock’s law partner and best bud.
While De Knight may claim it’s a villain- free zone there are certainly some familiar antagonists from the comics world. Vincent D’Onofrio is Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin, a businessman with designs on Hell’s Kitchen. And Bob Gunton is Leland Owlsley, known as supervillain the Owl in the comic books.
Here’s the good news: all 13 episodes of Daredevil will drop simultaneously. Binge without fear! Nick Setchfield
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