Marvel’s Daredevil is the Holy Grail in a genre that has become stale and boring.
After watching Age of Ultron, I became disillusioned with the superhero film genre. I was exhausted with these films that consisted of colourful heroes rising to a new threat, overcoming that threat with a conclusion that teased a new threat.
I saw this Daredevil television show, the first in a planned series of shows that would culminate in a big “event” mini-series, as a cheap money-grab to reel in viewers at home. How I was wrong.
After only one season, Daredevil not only stands tall among the best shows on television, but wipes away the monotony that Marvel has brought to the big screen.
Marvel’s Daredevil stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer by day and masked vigilante by night who uses his heightened senses and combat training to rid Hell’s Kitchen of crime.
By his side is Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Matt’s best friend in college and partner in their new law firm. Their first case is to clear the name of the enigmatic Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), a woman framed for a murder she didn’t commit.
As these three discover the criminal activities that Karen’s employer was muddled in, they become involved in a much greater scheme led by Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). Matt Murdock must use the law and break it as both lawyer and masked vigilante to save his city.
I’ve often heard that if a scene doesn’t develop its character or advance the plot, then it is worthless. The show-runners surely heard this too, because there is not a single minute of this show that constitutes as ‘filler’.
Each character has their own interesting story to tell and not a single episode has been watched without making me gasp.
For a studio that often seems to forget giving substance to its female characters, Karen Page has some of the most interesting sub-plots in any show of late.
To say this show has one of the best casts of supporting characters is an understatement. However, I believe Wilson Fisk deserves a special mention.
Portrayed as the yin to Matt Murdock’s yang, Wilson Fisk is a deadly brute who demands your attention anytime he comes on screen. The fact that they managed to make this kingpin so intimidating, despite displaying his very human vulnerabilities, makes him the greatest super villain that Marvel has ever brought to screen.
Vincent D’Onofrio was superb in differentiating the character, first brought to life by Michael Clarke Duncan in the 2003 Daredevil film.
Marvel’s Daredevil cannot be discussed at any length without mentioning the fantastic fight choreography. I expect great stunts from a big-budget blockbuster film, but this television show has the best choreography I have seen in a very long time.
Never have I been so thrilled by a fight scene that I punched several combinations in the air out of sheer excitement, but Marvel’s Daredevil made me do it.
I had never thought that fight choreography could aid the development of a character, but Matt Murdock’s uncanny fighting style tells as much of his upbringing as it asks.
A lot of things just don’t get me excited like they used to. Comic books have become too serialised, video games are too tedious and the top films of today are sequels to yesterday’s films.
Marvel’s Daredevil has given me that giddy feeling of joy and jolt of excitement that I haven’t felt in years. I eagerly await season 2.