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They seem to be fairly hot on continuity as well – Murdoch is often hidden away for days at a time whilst he tries to heal from his latest beating. Cuts and bruises remain visible for several episodes – none of this “I healed my broken ribs overnight” nonsense we see in so many other films. If Daredevil is stabbed in the shoulder, there is a wound that continues to bleed and renders that arm useless. It’s all there – plus it is a show that proves you don’t have to rely on sex scenes to draw the viewers in.
The action is very realistic and brutal; reminiscent of some scenes in Fight Club and is far superior to other superhero shows such as Arrow. But the violence is not just filler. The fight scenes keep your attention and retain the focus without there being too many cuts to distract you. There is a wonderful scene where Fish introduces a Russian to a car door that left me wincing a wee bit.
Now, as you’d imagine – there is a high level of violence to Daredevil, but they’ve taken it completely away from high-wire stunts and the one-punch-and-he’s-out-for-the-count fighting. This is raw and beautifully choreographed. It takes several punches to get a villain to the floor and Daredevil takes more than his fair share of the beating too; sometimes to the point where you think he’s been knocked down. Permanently. Charlie Cox is said to have put some serious hours in at the gym before filming began and he is in brilliant physical shape – but when he’s getting seven bells beaten out of him by the Russians, you do wonder if it was enough.
Also joining the main character cast list is the ever-lovely Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page. Any fan of HBO’s series True Blood will instantly recognise Deborah from her role of vampire Jessica Hamby. As my favourite character from True Blood, it’s lovely to have her back on the TV screen…and still equally as surrounding by blood as she ever was. Rounding off the main characters is veteran actor Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin. His casting is genius; he brings such presence to the character of Kingpin. He is cold, calculated and menacing. There is a complexity that only he brings to the screen; even when he is completely silent - his body language speaks volumes. He plays Fisk so well, that I actually began rooting for him at some points.
So, let’s talk casting. Matt Murdoch…played by that guy…oh, what’s he from? Ahh, it’s so annoying, his face is so familiar – where do I know him from?! That was my thought process for about 3 episodes – and no – I didn’t think to watch the credits that closely – I was too busy starting new episodes as soon as I could. Anyway, Charlie Cox is the British actor cast in the main role of Matthew Murdoch/Daredevil. Plenty may recognise him from Boardwalk Empire (I’m still on season 1, oh, the shame) or as Tristian Thorn in the wonderful 2007 fantasy adventure film Stardust. Murdoch’s partner in law Foggy Nelson is played by Elden Hensen – a name some of you will know from The Mighty Ducks or as Pnub in the cult-classic horror comedy Idle Hands.
The plot line moves smoothly from episode to episode; first outlining the background of Hell’s Kitchen, NYC and the seedy characters that inhabit its dark streets. Not a single episode left me cold – every single time the credits rolled, I had to hit ‘start next episode’ straight away.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot of this series - there are people out there that still haven’t had the time to watch it in full. Other things are going on in the geek universe; Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has just been released, we’ve just seen instalment 7 in the Fast and Furious world. Game of Thrones season 5 is also in full swing and as I type this, we’re only a week away from the UK release of Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road. Like I said, it’s a busy time.
Anyway, I cast all niggling doubts aside and pressed play on the first episode. The series starts how you’d expect – general character introductions…but it’s not overworked. It’s simple – which works. Generally anyone who will watch this series will either be a fan of the comics or the character, or will have at least suffered the aforementioned earlier film and will have a basic understanding of who Matt Murdoch is. This series just throws things out there fairly briefly; young child called Matthew, loses his sight in a freak accident, gets heightened senses, and lives with his boxer father. It’s like the writers decided “that’s all you need to know for now, anything else will be covered in a series of short flashbacks, so stick with us, yeah?”
I’m usually pretty late to the party when it comes to new shows – however – when a recent bout of flu left me bed-bound for 8 days, I seized the opportunity to step away from watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the billionth* time to explore Netflix and see what they had to offer. I’d heard that the entire series of Daredevil was available to watch, yet any geek will not be shy in admitting their reservations towards the character of Matt Murdoch following the cinematic abomination that was Ben Affleck as Daredevil in the 2003 film release of the same name.
Netflix are renowned for their original TV series – take Orange Is the New Black for example. An American comedy-drama set in an all-female prison; based on the memoirs of Piper Kerman about her year in prison. To date the series has had critical acclaim, winning Emmys galore and is now on its fourth series. Then there is House of Cards and Marco Polo. We all trust Netflix not to let us down...and with Daredevil, they truly didn’t.
This article contains mild spoilers: So go catch up on any episode you’ve missed and come back!
If you are looking for a different, darker and brilliantly directed new TV show – then I urge you to give Daredevil a try. If you like Batman and The Punisher, I would suggest this is a good series for you. With season 2 just being confirmed and seasoned Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Doug Petrie joining the ranks, I invite you swing by Hells Kitchen and if you find yourself on the wrong side of the law, you’ll always find help at Nelson and Murdoch: Attorneys at Law.