For the life of me I can’t remember the last time I review a TV show and given that I’m more of a DC fan than Marvel, it is a slight surprise to me that the next show I review is Netflix created live-action Daredevil TV series, but just like the show, it’s a good surprise.
Like most people, when I heard that Netflix was partnering up with Marvel to produce a Daredevil TV show, I was sceptical at best but figured that given how everything that Marvel touches recently seem to turn to gold and it can’t be worse than the film which came out back in 2003, I was willing to give it a go.
Taking place in the same universe as the film franchises and planned to be the first in a series of shows that will lead up to a Defenders crossover, the show had a lot of pressure on its shoulders, but with a relatively unknown cast and the Ben Affleck disaster to overcome, it has surpassed all of my expectations so far, giving me hope that A.K.A Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will all combine to give Marvel’s TV presence a boost after the mediocre at best Agents of Shield.
Unlike the film, this show expands much more on the Daredevil universe, giving you more of a glimpse of into the lives of both Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk, providing you with an insight into why they are who they are and made their motives more believable, both of which are the clearly conflicted characters, first you have Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), who flips between believing that he is the saviour of Hell’s Kitchen and a downright psychopath, contrast that with Murdock (Charlie Cox), who over the course of the series struggles with his convictions on whether taking a life is something he is willing to do or not, this introduces a much better dynamic to both of them.
But it’s not just the antagonist and protagonist that are interesting characters to watch, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Franklin “Froggy” Nelson (Elden Henson) both help to push the story forward in a believable manner (For a superhero TV show), adding some real emotion to the show and beefing up some mid-season episodes.
Overall Daredevil is a solid superhero show that includes some interesting twists along the way, drawing you in as the story progresses, paving the way for further shows and stepping away from the clean-cut Marvel, the makers weren’t afraid to get a little darker than the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe and maybe developing a grittier feel is what has made me like the show so much, feeling resistant of DC’s Arrow or Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, maybe just the show to convert fans.