If you haven't been watching Marvel's Netflix shows, you're seriously missing out. Not only are the Defenders series like Daredevil and Jessica Jones some of the best stories currently available on the streaming platform, but they're also some of the most visually impressive TV shows we have ever seen. One could even make the argument that (at least in terms of raw visual filmmaking) they rival the Marvel movies. Those shows are only going to become even better looking in the near future, as it was announced that Netflix's Marvel series will soon incorporate revolutionary High Dynamic Range technology into the post-production process.
Netflix has officially announced that it has teamed up with Marvel Entertainment and Deluxe in order to seriously beef up the visuals of the Netflix-based MCU properties. This primarily involves the incorporation of High Dynamic Range technologies to improve the lighting and color correction for the Marvel series. It's all quite technical, but at its core, HDR technology allows filmmakers to show brighter lights (up to forty times brighter, in fact) and a much wider range of color than standard formats have previously allowed. The HDR process will be applied to Daredevil first, followed by every other Marvel series in the Netflix catalogue -- thus creating an entire library of awesome superhero properties utilizing the eye-popping technology.
Check out a side-by-side example of HDR in action below:
Anyone who has ever conducted any sort of visual storytelling will instantly understand what this means for the future of Netflix's original shows. Color and lighting are instrumental tools when it comes to telling a narrative through visuals, and High Dynamic Range essentially broadens the arsenal of tools for these shows. By incorporating High Dynamic Range, shows like Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist have unprecedented access to a wider array of light and color, which allows for more flexibility and creativity in the storytelling process. You might have noticed that these shows tend to feature scenes taking place at night a lot, and this conversion will help make those after-dark rooftop fight scenes look as good as possible.
Check out Netflix's newly released video below for a more in-depth look at the High Dynamic Range technology, as well as its potential implications for the future of Netflix's Marvel series.
CinemaBlend will keep you posted with any and all relevant updates related to this development as new details are made available to us. Daredevil will be the first series to receive the High Dynamic Range treatment, and we'll be waiting for the other Marvel series to utilize the technology soon after. The Defenders universe will continue to expand when Iron Fist debuts on March 17, 2017. For more information concerning all of the most highly anticipated spring television debuts, make sure to take a look at our midseason premiere guide.