Yes. Daredevil is on Netflix. And it’s a great show. But Daredevil, like so many other great characters, was in print before he was on film. The graphic novels, comic books, and other incarnations, has been around for over 50 years. The thing is, the character, created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett for Marvel, has just the right amount of complexity and moral angst to translate easily from page to screen.
Daredevil is Matthew Murdock, a struggling lawyer who was blinded as a young boy. His heightened senses allow him to hear heartbeats, smell yesterday’s lunch on the breath of the guy upstairs, and sense the flight of a hummingbird – or a knife being thrown at his head. It’s these senses, combined with acrobatic fighting skills and perfect focus that Daredevil uses at night as a vigilante trying to clean up his boyhood home: Hell’s Kitchen. Supporting characters in both the graphic novels and the new Netflix series are Foggy Nelson, Murdock’s college roommate and law partner, and Karen Page, the firm’s secretary. Wilson Fisk, one of several antagonists in the graphic novels, is played by Vincent D’Onofrio in the series. Fisk is the ultimate bad guy, and while I love the look of D’Onofrio as villain, his performance seems forced. I thoroughly enjoy Charlie Cox as Daredevil in the series, though. Lots of deadpan stuff and that good-looking unshaven thing happening.
A word of caution to those who think Marvel is for kids. Most of the Marvel characters’ graphic novels have versions for children and adults in all of the MLN libraries. Unfortunately, all of the Daredevil books are in the adult collection. The Netflix series was made for adults – dark and bloody, with lots of evil for Daredevil to avenge.
Let us know which you preferred: book or web series. Or is it a tie???