While I don’t have any animosity towards the Ben Affleck Daredevil film from some years back, it is, unfortunately, the bulk of my familiarity with the character. That’s going to change on April 10 when Netflix releases Marvel’s Daredevil. They released the trailer for it yesterday, a month in advance, to whet appetites.
Now, considering I was not really amped up about this series before I saw the trailer, let me illuminate why my excitement level is now turned up to 11.
- The exact cinematic moment I got burnt out on “gritty superhero” was The Dark Knight Rises, but somehow the opening shots of Vincent D’Onofrio got me past that. Maybe its because there’s a touch of the exaggeration of The Dark Knight’s Joker to it. Or maybe because he seems to be channeling Marlon Brando’s Col. Kurtz. But then there’s the trailer’s end tag that adds humor as well. I’m hoping the show can manage gritty while also not taking itself too seriously. I have hope because…
- It turns out Drew Goddard is the show runner and the writer of at least the first two episodes. Yes, he of Clan Joss Whedon and co-writer/director of Cabin in the Woods. Also producing the show is another Whedonite Steven S. DeKnight.
- About halfway through the trailer I started to recognize the actor playing Daredevil–Charlie Cox, aka that beautiful man from Stardust! And he looks absolutely adorable here in his red-tinted glasses.
- Their cinematographer for the first two episodes at least is Phil Abraham, who has done Emmy winning work on Mad Men and nominated work on The Sopranos. The image of silhouetted Kingpin (or Daredevil?) getting up out of the rain puddles with his red blood dripping as the only real color is a beautiful shot. I dream of a series that has that kind of cinematography to elevate the material.
Netflix seems to be mostly on the right track with their original series line. We were excited when Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt came out last Friday. We’ve only watched three episodes, but that will certainly change soon. (Note: having a toddler undermines ability to binge watch anything.)