So like I explained in my article about the Ant-Man trailer/movie there are some Marvel characters I just don't know about or care about and you guessed it Daredevil is one. I mean come on a blind guy that can kick serious butt...that can get around like a ninja?!? OK, OK, I know what your thinking "It's a comic book Larry quit being an idiot...you need to suspend disbelief" I get that and I for some reason when it comes to alien guys that get super human strength and abilities from the sun or billionaire playboys want to run around and kick but with amazing gadgets or even a teenage boy who gets spider abilities from being bite by a radioactive spider. For some reason as a child those stories got me and Daredevil never really did unless he crossed over to one of my favorite comics like Spider-Man.
So when in 2003 they released the Daredevil movie with Ben Affleck I gave it a shot...and I was very disappointed, the whole tone of the movie was off. The acting was bad (I'm being kind) the casting I thought was off and it was just a bit to campy for my taste and please don't get me started on the Elektra spin off...The best thing about that movie, IMO, was the suit I thought they did a great job with the Daredevil costume.
Now moving ahead to 2015, there had been talk of Marvel doing some original programming with Netflix and after House Of Cards Netflix always has my attention with original programming but Daredevil...really. Well I was wrong , dead wrong, this show was fantastic, it hits all the right tones and is gritty as well as very well acted. I think Vincent D'Onofrio should win an Emmy for his portrayal of Wilson Fisk (the Kingpin) and he is just the stand out in a cast of fantastic actors. Charlie Cox as Daredevil/Matt Murdock is also great and very well cast.
I won't give you any spoilers but I will tell you that every episode had me hooked about characters I started out not caring about but by the end of episode 1 I was fully invested in them all. There were points during certain episodes I felt sorry for Wilson Fisk, which is an testament to the great writing and acting by D'Onofrio. I wanted to ramble about how great this show is and point out little easter eggs from the Marvel universe but the only thing I will tell you is that this takes place after the events in the Avengers and there are references to those events and other Marvel characters.
I highly recommend you watch this as a fan of comics but more importantly I think it stands alone as a great drama in its own right. I will be attempting to watch this again with my wife (fingers crossed) as I believe she would really enjoy it as well and I believe that is true for any non comic book fans, this is just a great show period.
Netflix has more coming up with original programming with Marvel and again I have no interest in these characters ( Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron First and the Defenders) but as I am starting to learn Marvel seems to know what I like even if I don't.