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The Trailer For Marvel/Netflix’s “Daredevil”

By: Adam Basciano

Daredevil - Broken glass

We’ve had our fair share of imagery from the April 10th debuting Marvel & Netflix “Daredevil” live action series.  Finally, we now have footage in the form of a trailer for the series. Regarding the footage, it’s absolutely glorious. In 90 seconds of footage, you can tell the creative forces behind this show absolutely “get” the character of Daredevil.  Interviews kept stressing how gritty this would be, and they weren’t lying.  There was drug use, violence, and blood, but all this is what you’d expect to be present in Daredevil’s world.  Many will cite Frank Miller influences in this trailer, but influences from Brian Michael Bendis’ time with the character are there also.  This is especially evident in the tone. The trailer gives us glimpses of the main cast, quickly cut with action, some explosions, and fights. All of this is narrated by Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, who is asking a priest for absolution from sins he has yet to commit. I’m so glad they highlighted the characters religion.  It’s a key story point in the comic books, and I’m glad it wasn’t over looked just to appease atheists or the masses who are sensitive about dealing with religion.  As, for the fight scenes, even in 90 seconds, this trailer puts “The Dark Knight Trilogy” to shame in terms of fight choreography. Enough of my rambling, check out this awesome trailer if you haven’t already…

Executive producer Steven S. DeKnight spoke with IGN. Two things he touched on included Matt’s Catholicism, and the costume.  Regarding the religious aspect of the show he said;  “I think it’s vital to the character. Matt Murdock is, I think, one of the most if not the most religious characters in the Marvel Universe, with the heroes. His Catholicism is so much part of his being and part of his conflict, I think it would be incredibly disingenuous to attempt to do the show where that’s not a big part of it.”  Regarding, why they chose to start with the black costume instead of red; “Really, the reason we start with this version — which is hugely influenced by Man Without Fear — is for two reasons. One, this really is the beginning, the formation of Matt Murdock a Daredevil. On the flip side, it’s the formation of Wilson Fisk becoming Kingpin. It’s very much a parallel arc. We didn’t want to start him in the [red] suit. We wanted the early days of him figuring out what he was doing and making mistakes and getting the crap beat out of him on a regular basis. His suit, which we call his vigilante outfit, in the beginning – we tried practically everything, design-wise. We experimented with a lot of different head pieces. One version was a ski mask with the eyes sewn shut. We tried everything until we found something that just felt right. And also, really going back to that Man Without Fear, I can’t say where his costume ends up, where it goes, but there is definitely an evolution.”

(Sources: Marvel/Netflix, IGN)

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