Marvel & Netflix Drop a Bloody, Two-Fisted 'Daredevil' Trailer

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 08:21 Written by  iamrogue
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Marvel & Netflix Drop a Bloody, Two-Fisted 'Daredevil' Trailer

The latest Daredevil trailer is grimmer and grittier than any before.

After all manner of fisticuffs, it concludes on a little joke, a reminder that, despite almost unrelenting darkness and dourness, the show is still a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a place of armored avengers and magic hammers.

Yeah, the first Marvel and Netflix series is a part of the MCU, but it's a dusty, grimy little corner where heroics are a whole lot dirtier than in Avengers Tower or Asgard.

Matt Murdock explicitly points out that the line between good and bad isn't always so clear, and this trailer suggests that's a thematic sticking point in the first season of Daredevil.  After all, it begins not with Matt, the finest blind vigilante/lawyer in Hell's Kitchen, but with the Kingpin, the ruthless criminal overlord.  Except that the villain is also just trying to make his neighborhood a better place.  And like Matt, he steps outside the law to do it.

It's all intriguing, but it's all so dark.  Literally dark.  So dark that Charlie Cox, in his all-black Dread Pirate Roberts-style DD costume, is frequently little more than a vague crimefighting blur.  He stars against Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin, and he's generally easier to see thanks to his bulk and shiny bald head.

Daredevil isn't unique only in its darkness: unlike the other major players in the MCU, Murdock is actually concerned with keeping his identity secret.  How old fashioned.

Kingpin isn't the only character who gets a showcase in this trailer.  We finally get to spend a bit of time with Scott Glenn as Stick, the wise old hardass who teaches young Mattie to use his echolocation abilities as a whirlwind of violence.  And Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, and Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, a doctor who stitches up Murdock's vigilante wounds without letting the fuzz in on it.

Steven DeKnight, a Buffy and Angel alum best known as the creator of the Starz Spartacus series, is the showrunner on Daredevil, which is executive produced by Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb.  The first several episodes were written by Drew Goddard, the Cabin in the Woods director who was initially on board to executive produce.  He might just be the guy directing Sony and Marvel's rejiggered Spider-Man at this point.

But back to Daredevil.  "We really wanted to take our cue from [films like] The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon, Taxi Driver, and make it very, very grounded, very gritty, very real,” DeKnight said not too long ago. “We always say we would rather lean toward The Wire than what’s considered a classic superhero television show.”

Looks like DeKnight accomplished that mission.  We'll find if there aren't some flourishes of color and/or whimsy when the first thirteen episodes of Daredevil hit Netflix on April 10th.

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