Daredevil (TV series)
|Created by||Drew Goddard|
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||39|
|Production location(s)||New York City|
|Running time||48–61 minutes|
|Distributor||Netflix Streaming Services|
|Original release||April 10, 2015 –|
October 19, 2018
|Followed by||Jessica Jones|
Marvel's Daredevil, or simply Daredevil, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the first in a series of shows that lead to The Defenders crossover miniseries. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with DeKnight Productions for the first season and Goddard Textiles for the first and second seasons. Steven S. DeKnight served as showrunner on the first season, with Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez taking over for the second season, and Erik Oleson joining the series as its showrunner for its third season; Goddard served as a consultant for the series.
Charlie Cox stars as Matt Murdock / Daredevil, a blind lawyer-by-day who fights crime as a masked vigilante by night. Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent D'Onofrio also star, with Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Bob Gunton, and Ayelet Zurer joining them for season one, Jon Bernthal, Élodie Yung, and Stephen Rider joining the cast for season two, and Wilson Bethel and Jay Ali joining in season three. Daredevil entered development in late 2013, a year after the film rights to the character reverted to Marvel, with Goddard initially hired in December 2013. DeKnight replaced him as showrunner and Cox was hired to star in May 2014. Filming took place in New York City, in areas that still looked like the old Hell's Kitchen.
All episodes of the first season were released on Netflix on April 10, 2015, while the second season was released in its entirety on March 18, 2016. They were met with positive reviews. In July 2016, the series was renewed for a third season, which was released on October 19, 2018. A spin-off series, centered on Bernthal's character Frank Castle / Punisher and titled The Punisher, was ordered by Netflix in April 2016. On November 29, 2018, Netflix canceled Daredevil.
One of the main underlying themes of this series is Matt Murdock's spiritual journey based on his Catholic faith.
Season 1 Episode 1 "Into the Ring" confession scene
One of the interesting things about the show is that it takes Matt’s faith seriously, which allows his worldview to weave around those of his more secular friends. In Matt’s worldview, he was blinded and gained superpowers so that he would be able to fight injustice for God. In his worldview, his spiritual state is more important than his physical, hence why he doesn’t mind getting kicked around and beaten up in the course of making New York a better place. When we met him in season one Matt sat in a confessional, speaking to Father Paul Lantom, asking forgiveness for violence he hadn’t committed yet.
Matt: "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It's been... it's been too long since my last confession. My dad, he used to come to this church back when I was a kid. He was a fighter. Old school. Boxer. Lost more than he won. Had a 24-31 record before he, ... But he could take a punch. Jesus, he could take a punch."
Father Lantom: "Language."
Matt: "Sorry, Father. Yeah, guys he went up against used to say it was like hitting oak. And nights when he was outmatched, my dad's strategy was to let 'em hit him till they broke their hands. He never got knocked out, my dad. Knocked down, sure. But he always got back up. He was always on his feet when he lost. Every now and then, though, every now and then, he'd get hit and something inside of him would snap. My grandmother, she was the real Catholic. Fear of God ran deep. You'd have liked her. She used to say, "Be careful of the Murdock boys. They got the devil in 'em." And you'd see it sometimes in the ring. His eyes would go dead and he'd start walking forward real slow hands at his sides, like he wasn't afraid of anything. And the other guy, he'd see that look, and he'd try to get away from him. Nah. My dad, he'd catch him and trap him in the corner. Let the devil out. Yeah. Now, I didn't understand it. What he was feeling deep inside, I didn't understand it. Not back then."
Father Lantom: "But you understand it now? Perhaps this would be easier if you tell me what you've done."
Matt: "I'm not seeking penance for what I've done, Father. I'm asking forgiveness for what I'm about to do."
Father Lantom: "That's not how this works. What exactly are you going to do?"
- Lowry, Brian (April 1, 2015). "TV Review: 'Marvel's Daredevil'". Variety. Archived from the original on April 1, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
- Lowery, Brian (February 24, 2016). "TV Review: 'Marvel's Daredevil,' Season 2". Variety. Archived from the original on February 24, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
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