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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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May “There are no he­roes or vil­lains,” says DeKnight. “It’s just peo­ple mak­ing dif­fer­ent choices.”

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

Well, they worked for El­ton John.

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