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While much of the comic book-loving world is geared up for Joss Whedon’s blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron coming next year, we’re over here like, “Don’t forget about Netflix’s Daredevil, people!” We now have another solid look at the sight-impaired superhero, and it apparently won’t take long for him to show off his fisticuffs skills.
Okay, so there’s nothing too exciting about seeing Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock in a suit and tie while walking around with his cane. We’ve seen that before. But it’s that first picture (which can be found in the 2015 preview issue of EW) that has me a little excited, as it’s another actual shot of Daredevil and not just Matt Murdock: Lawyer for Hire.
Though there’s a chance that the first few minutes of this show will replay the character’s origin story in which he was blinded as a child, that stuff will hopefully be inserted in a clever way. I’m admittedly more interested in watching Murdock turn from legal beagle into a nighttime vigilante, and what that will entail. We obviously won’t be getting the signature red suit immediately, as he seems to be dressed in all black here, as the character was in Frank Miller’s iconic The Man Without Fear comic. (First-time Superhero 101, right there.) No sign of who he’s beating up in the image, but it’s probably just a nameless thug…who called a cab first?
Within the article, Marvel TV exec and comic legend Jeph Loeb says that the show will definitely be a crime drama first, and that the superhero stuff takes a backseat. (Kind of like Gotham, but with hopefully less procedural tactics.) But what fans are really wanting to know is how adult this content will be, especially with Spartacus creator Stephen S. DeKnight in the driver’s seat. Here’s how he put it.
It’s a little grittier and edgier than Marvel has gone before, but we’re not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity.”
Honestly, as long as the fights and battles are well-choreographed and exciting, there’s really no need for blood-soaked carnage around every corner. No decapitations necessary. And as for the nudity, well I guess it would be amusing to watch Murdock awkwardly feel a girl up and accidentally try to stick it in her bellybutton, but that’s a tad sophomorish for this show.
Marvel’s efforts on the small screen have been mostly kept to the non-superheroes in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but hopefully Daredevil will reinvigorate everyone’s interest when it debuts on Netflix in 2015.