In case you hadn’t heard, Marvel released the new Daredevil original series on Netflix yesterday (Fear not, true believer, no spoilers will be harmed in the writing of this post). Series-wise, it follows the same 13 episode format as other Netflix original series. I’m only a quarter of the way through the series, so bear that in mind as you read the following impressions.
I’m not sure why, but I’m surprised by the dialogue in the series. There’s more swearing than what you’d get in a typical Marvel vehicle. I’m not saying that’s good or bad, but it just strikes me as odd considering the source. I have to say for the most part I’m very pleased with the casting thus far. Ben Urich was the only character that gave me pause, but eventually grew on me. The violence feels gritty – almost Walking Dead gritty. Again, I’m not saying that’s good or bad. It’s going to depend on your tolerance level of gruesome. What I enjoy is that the action seems more realistic than most comic-based films. Daredevil’s fight sequences eschew the over-the-top fantastic and instead show actual fatigue as well as normal human movement. I’ve also appreciated the treatment of Matt Murdock’s backstory as well as his love interests.
When I learned that the show was produced by Steven S. DeKnight and Drew Goddard (who also has a writing credit) of Buffy fame, I should’ve known it had a great chance of being top-notch. I’d say it’s worth checking out.