I’ve spent the last day and a half, while not at work, binge watching the new Daredevil series on Netflix. What with one thing and another I’m only about half way through, but let me say WOW.
Agents of Shield kind of turned me off, it’s typical early primetime fare, a little fluffy, a little goody two-shoes, and frankly, with what the pay networks and other cable networks are putting out these days, major network tv is … perhaps not great.
Daredevil, however, is a whole new level for Marvel. Gritty, dark, most assuredly adult.
Helmed by a stunning cast, including Charlie Cox in the title role (You’ll remember him as the hero, opposite Claire Danes in Stardust) Rosario Dawson for five episodes as a nurse and possible love interest for Matt Murdock/Daredevil. And in a move that stunned me, the great Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, A.K.A. Kingpin.
D’Onofrio, as usual, steals the show, playing Kingpin both with malevolence and a charming vulnerability. The casting is perfect. D’Onofrio is at once menacing and pitiable. (Watch, you’ll see what I mean) In an era in which even the villains are usually portrayed as somehow sympathetic, D’Onofrio has once again done a masterful job, of going beyond the material. You see, the script and the backstory they’re putting forth would make Kingpin somewhat sympathetic. But D’Onofrio has played that in such a way that it’s clear, whatever his stated goals, Fisk is evil. (Trust me, spoiler alert, he decapitates someone with a car door, for embarrassing him with a woman.)
Cox does a great job of portraying a deep, three dimensional character in his Matt Murdoch and overall the cast, the production everything is typical Marvel — superb. Particularly as they’ve stuck to their stated goal of tying all Marvel properties together. They’ve done this while maintaining the integrity of the comic series.
I highly recommend you check the show out.