Less than 3 days before one of the most anticipated superhero origin series, 'Marvel's Daredevil' debuts on Netflix and we get to binge the entire first season. So, let's look at what we know so far, and if this doesn't get you pumped for Friday, then 'Daredevil' probably isn't the show for you ;)
Netflix's synopsis says: "Marvel's Daredevil" is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night."
The series debuts at midnight pacific time on Friday 10th April, and all 13 episodes of season 1 will be available immediately. With a dedicated fanbase already waiting, I expect a vast numberof people will have finished season one by noon pacific time on Friday ;)
Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Lawyer and night time crime fighter)
Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page (Potential love interest for Murdoch and secretary at his law firm, but how close the show will portay her to her comic counterpart is yet to be seen)
Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson (Murdochslaw partner and friend)
Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple (A night shift nurse who assists Murdoch)
Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (New York crime overlord and super criminal, and Daredevil's sworn enemy)
Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Mariana (Art gallery employee and love interest for Fisk)
Bob Gunton as Leyland Owlsley (Empoyee of Fisks)
Toby Leonart Moore as Wesley (Fisks right hand man)
Vondia Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich (Journalist for the New York Bulletin)
Peter Shinkoda as Nobu (Business assosiate of Fisks with a hidden agenda)
Tom Walker as Francis (Unknown chcracter)
Scott Glenn as Stick (Murdochs 90 year old mentor and martial arts expert)
John Patrick Hayden as Jack Murdock: Murdochs father and professional boxer
Wai Ching Ho as Madame Gao: "An accomplished woman with her own trade"
Gideon Emery as Anatoly: A Russian trying to make a name for himself in America with his brother Vladimir
Nikolai Nikolaeff as Vladimir: A Russian trying to make a name for himself in America with his brother Anatoly
Matt Gerald as Melvin Potter: A machinist resting on hard times
Rob Morgan as Turk Barrett: A small-time criminal
Early reviews have been generally very good, with a number of journalists having access to the first five episodes. Reviews so far include:
Merrill Barr of Forbes said:
"Daredevil is precisely as excellent as everyone hoped it would be, but that doesn’t mean all the good it does will only affect the kind of projects Marvel can do in the future. Thanks to Daredevil, its network will benefit as well, and that alone is reason to celebrate its existence."
Brian Lowry of Variety said:
"The series does reflect the desire to inhabit a darker, edgier, more mature corner of the Marvel universe. Compared to Marvel's experience with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for ABC, operating in Netflix's pay-to-view world is clearly liberating, in much the way animated direct-to-DVD titles enable the comics companies to cater to knowledgeable fans without needing to worry too much about luring the uninitiated into the tent... By that measure, Marvel has shrewdly expanded its portfolio, and Netflix has upped its must-have quotient with a fiercely loyal segment of consumers."
Matt Patches of Esquire said:
"The show's exterior recasts the high fructose, splash page aesthethic of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America with neo-noir attitude. Goddard and DeKnight drench "Daredevil" in shadows and blood. The latter comes as a bit of a shock. Flinch and one mistakes "Daredevil" for a TV spinoff of Christopher Nolan?'?s Batfilms, morose and willing to break a few bones...What Daredevil takes five episodes to do, it could do in three, a problem that could derail binge-watchers"
Mark Hughes of Forbes said:
"Quite simply, in Daredevil Marvel delivers one of the greatest live-action superhero origin stories ever made. It is in the same top-tier category of true superhero origin films along with Batman Begins, Iron Man, and Superman: The Movie. The episodes are like mini-movies, and taken together the first two episodes could have been released almost as-is — with only a few minor tweaks to add some cinematic sense of scale — and it would’ve been hailed as one of Marvel’s best films to date."
A few videos, mainly tv spots and trailers have been released the past few months.
TV Spot 1
TV Spot 2
The transformation motion poster
Street Scene motion poster
Trailer 3 - Origins
Afterbuzz TV Daredevil Premiere Interviews
Deborah Ann Woll