Going from black into red can be fun
Suddenly the Marvel
Cinematic Universe ain’t so cosy any more. Daredevil may be the Man Without Fear but he’s now also the Man With The 15 Certificate – the first in the MCU. While the Marvel movies and network TV shows are unashamedly family friendly, Daredevil’s Netflix home means it can target those who get excited by the phrase “darker and grittier”. This is as close to a small- screen version of the Nolan Dark Knight trilogy as you’re going get without writs flying.
After DC’s ill- advised attempt to toughen up Superman in Man Of Steel, you have to applaud the way Marvel effortlessly creates a series that’s both hard- as- nails yet still feels fits comfortably in the larger, brighter MCU. Daredevil is more than just Spider- Man with the contrast turned down, though. The show is a consummately well- crafted, binge- designed experience. It’s also the first volley in a new offshoot of the MCU. While the hub of big- screen Marvel is the Avengers, the core
Fashion sense: The black costume that Matt wears for most of the series is based on the 1993 comic book mini- series Daredevil: Man Without Fear.
Comic Connections: Fisk’s associate Leland Owlsley is, in the comics universe, the supervillain known as The Owl. Daredevil’s costume maker, Melvin Potter, becomes the Gladiator in the comics.
Dubious popularity: In its week of release, Daredevil was the second most internet- pirated TV show in the world, after Game Of Thrones, with 2.1 million downloads.
Crossovers: Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple was introduced in 1972 as a character in the Power Man comics so presumably she’ll be cropping up in the Luke Cage series too.
Best Line: Bill Fisk: “Think of the man you wanna be. You sit here and you stare at that wall and you think about that. You’re my son. You should be a king, not some fat little pussy.” of this Netflix venture is the Defenders. Subsequent series of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will pave the way for a team- up and the creation of a live- action version of Marvel’s “strangest” superteam. ( Sadly, Doctor Strange, who’s heading for the big screen, doesn’t seem to be part of the mix, though Kyle Richmond, alter ego of Nighthawk, is namechecked in Daredevil, so he’s a possibility.)
One thing ’s for sure. If the Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist series are half as good as Daredevil, the Netflix/ Marvel team- up is going to have a rosy future. Because Daredevil is magnificent.
Here we have a quality crime series, evocative of ’ 70s urban thrillers like Taxi Driver