Marvel’s Daredevil may be one of the best shows on TV right now. Actually, it’s a Netflix show so it’s technically not on network television. But you can watch it on TV if your television is Internet-capable. Is it called a web series? Whatever, all I know is you should get on it right now! Jim and I have only seen 2 episodes but we are HOOKED. Don’t worry, this sort-of review is spoiler-free!
It stars Charlie Cox as Matthew Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil. I first encountered Cox as Owen Sleater in the Martin Scorsese-produced Boardwalk Empire.
I didn’t like him at first but his boyish charm just disarms you and he somehow slowly makes you completely trust him to the point that you will be willing to put your life in his hands. Yuck, OA! But seriously, he’s just got one of those faces. I guess that’s what makes him such a good actor and, as far as I can tell, Marvel made an awesome choice in casting him as Daredevil. He was, in fact, their first choice for the part.
I don’t watch Arrow, Flash, Gotham and I’ve never even seen Smallville so I can’t really say it’s the best TV adaptation of a comic book character. Although there have been rave reviews flying all around the Internet. Entertainment Weekly goes as far as saying, “TV superheroes tend to seem, well, juvenile,” and, “…viewers will be treated to the first superhero series that doesn’t seem like it was created to sell lunch boxes.” Charlie Cox is a far cry from the cute young superheroes we see on TV right now because he’s much older at 32 but that’s not to say he’s not eye candy for us ladies. Exhibit A:
Why does the show work so well and it doesn’t seem as cheesy as the 2003 Ben Affleck movie version? It’s because it’s NOT cheesy, in fact it feels real. Daredevil isn’t wearing spandex (at least not yet). He’s in an all black ensemble with a black bonnet pulled over his eyes. It makes the audience think hey, I could do that. But you won’t because, unlike Matt Murdock, you didn’t experience a vehicular accident involving radioactive chemicals that simultaneously blinded you and gave you heightened senses as a result. As comic book-y as that last line just sounded, Marvel went for a more crime series approach rather than a superhero one. It’s not totally focused on the superhero and why he’s the best character ever. It doesn’t try so hard – it’s more story-driven so it leaves you wanting more.
TRIVIA: It’s currently the second most-pirated show after Game of Thrones. That said, I’ve got more episodes to watch. Heehee. If you’re joining this TV Club, let me know your thoughts below!