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You Can't Imagine How Tight The Daredevil Costume Is

I don’t know about you guys, but my skin starts to crawl if I wear clothes that are more constrictive than comfortable, so there’s no way I could ever be a superhero. (Added to a lengthy list of reasons.) According to Charlie Cox, the star of Netflix and Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil series, slapping the vigilante’s costume on in a well-oiled hurry is no easy feat. In fact, it’s pretty impossible.

Cox spoke with E! Online about his costume while at the Screen Actors Guild Awards this weekend, and he made it sound like the kind of hassle that only a hero (or an actor playing a hero) can put up with.

It’s pretty tight, I’m not going to lie. They’ve done such a great job. I can’t wait for the fans to really see it. But put it this way, there is no world where you can change in a phone box. It takes four people and about 45 minutes.”

In my head, I have no problem believing that someone who is blinded can develop additional superpowered senses, but it somehow removes me from things to know that it takes that long to don the cowl and costume. Matt Murdock would have to just wear the suit all the time with normal clothes over it, just waiting for the split-second when danger strikes and making excuses for why he looks so bulky all of a sudden.

And what about when he has to take a super piss? That actually won’t be that much of a problem for the actor.

They’re very clever about it. You get three zippers. You zip them all up, but when you have to wee, you just have to zip one down – the wee zipper.”

If only “wee zipper” made it into the show somehow. Fans have yet to get their peepers the iconic red Daredevil suit, as the only official images coming from the Marvel series have shown either everyday Matt or black-suited Daredevil. I certainly hope it’s easy to get around in, now knowing how long it takes to get into it. What comic book fans don’t need is someone that looks stiffer in the suit than Ben Affleck did in Mark Steven Johnson’s film version.

We don’t know too much about where Daredevil is headed, narrative-wise, beyond having the character serving up justice on a dark platter in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. The big bad he’ll be taking on will be Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin, a villain who will reportedly be just as important as Daredevil as the season goes on.

Regardless of what he’s wearing from one scene to the next, Matt Murdock will cartwheel and kick his way to audiences when Daredevil premieres on Netflix on April 10.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.