I’m going to put this disclaimer right here: I’ve never been a Daredevil fan. The story of Matt Murdock/Daredevil has never really resonated with me and whenever he would show up in the comics I would read, I’ve almost always been pretty bored with the story. So, now that that’s out of the way, I’m going to give my thoughts on the teaser for Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix.
It’s been out for a couple weeks now, but for those who haven’t seen it, check it out here:
We open with a shot of the New York skyline, a tapping cane, and Matt in a church confessing to a priest. “It’s been too long since my last confession,” he says. I’m not going to lie, I’m already not all that interested. Heroes grappling with their own morality and the ethics of their actions can be interesting, but it’s so heavy-handed here, having him go confess to a priest, that I’m kind of rolling my eyes at this. I know that there’s the whole religious aspect to the character and he’s a devil doing good, but come on, reconciliation? Can’t we try for a smidge of subtlety here?
Matt continues his confession to the priest, talking about how he’s been thinking about morality and good and evil (again, do we want a little subtlety at any point here?), while we are shown a spattering of clips from the show, including:
Several people looking pensive, a blind man in an elevator, a bloody knife and woman by a body on the floor, a collection of…cufflinks? And we see the back of who I’m assuming is Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin.
There were two shots that were interesting to me in there, one being the bloody knife and woman by a body and the other being the back of Kingpin.
The bloody knife and woman by a body gave a small hint that this show might be a little more dark and violent than most of Marvel’s fare thus far, which would be an interesting change for the universe. Usually, even when the stakes are high, the true repercussions of vicious actions aren’t generally shown in Marvel franchises. Sure, characters might get bruised and beat up, but even when Phil Coulson was impaled through his chest, there was minimal blood and he came back to life, even got his own show out of it! So a grittier show could be a somewhat interesting change for the universe, as long as they don’t overdo it.
Then the back of the Kingpin was an interesting shot as well. I can’t quite put my finger on why I found it compelling, but I liked it anyways. He’s just standing there appreciating some art (even though it appears to be just a blank canvas), and the way he stands completely immobile was intriguing to me. The Marvel cinematic(/televised?) universe needs some more interesting villains, and Kingpin definitely could be one. Although, I have no idea how Vincent D’Onofrio is going to hold a candle to Michael Clark Duncan. He was the most imposing person who could have ever played the Kingpin, and Vincent has some massive shoes to fill.
Another disclaimer: I actually didn’t mind Ben Affleck’s Daredevil movie. I had such low expectations for the character that the movie didn’t bother me at all, and I found it somewhat entertaining. I still recognize that people think it’s a bad movie, but it wasn’t ALL bad. Michael Clark Duncan’s Kingpin being one of the good parts. Anyways…
Matt then informs the priest that he’s not asking forgiveness for what he’s done, but instead for what he’s going to do. OK, Matt, that’s kind of a dick thing to do. If you come in and say “forgive me for the murder I’m about to go do,” then you’re not really repentant, are you? Additionally, asking for forgiveness from god and a priest isn’t really who you should be asking forgiveness from, is it? Maybe ask for it from whoever it is you’re about to hurt? But I digress.
We then see Matt in all black (with a touch of red), performing some fighting and jumping and throwing and bleeding. There’s explosions and kicks and Matt saying that he just wants to make his city a better place. And “April 10” only on Netflix.
So, I know that this is just a teaser and it doesn’t show much of what it will actually be like, but I’m definitely ho-hum about the whole thing. I’m usually very excited for Marvel stuff, but this just seems like low-rent Batman. Like, literally low-rent Batman, as in Matt Murdock has no money for a cool car or even a decent superhero outfit. Like, really Matt? A sock over your face? I know that this costume is part of comic lore, but it still looks like shit to me.
I know that it’s his first costume and the slightly better one comes later, but it’s not a good one to try and grab attention for your show with.
So, in the end, I know that I will give this show a try. Of course I will, won’t everyone? It’s Marvel, it’s Netflix, they do good stuff. Plus, this is the first of several shows from them, so it’ll be an indication of whether the rest of it will be any good. I do have to say that this is probably the first Marvel cinematic universe property that I wasn’t genuinely excited for. Not to be a bummer, but Batman-wannabe just isn’t grabbin me by the horns.