Netflix has finally shed some light on their new series based on the Daredevil comics by Marvel, as the first trailer aired on IGN yesterday. As the first in a wave of Netflix originals using the Marvel franchise, being followed by AKA Jessica Jones later this year, Luke Cage and Iron Fist after that, all cumulating in a Defenders mini-series, all set in the same universe as the main Marvel movies.
Starring Charlie Cox (Stardust, Boardwalk Empire) as Matt Murdock, lawyer by day, crime fighter by night. Blinded by a chemical spill when young, his other senses amplified to superhuman status, allowing him to use a sonar like ability to see his surroundings.
Drawing heavy influence from Frank Miller’s DareDevil: The Man with No Fear, the series showcases not just Matt’s first year as a crimefighter in New York’s’ Hells Kitchen, but Wilson “The Kingpin” Fisk’s rise to power. The trailer also shows Matt’s Catholic angst, with him asking forgiveness from a priest before starting on his vigilante spree.
The trailer also give us a good look at his first costume, also based on The Man with No Fear iteration, with a full black look, not his well known red leather, though they have said that the costume will evolve throughout the 12 episode series.
The last time we saw Matt Murdock on screen was in the 2003 Fox movie starring Ben Affleck. The movie was a financial flop, and the rights to the character went back to Marvel after a deal for Fox to keep the Fantastic Four rights, so they could greenlight the Josh Trank helmed film, which also received its first trailer last week.
Marvel’s Daredevil will air all 12 episodes on Netflix on April 10th.