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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 [[wikipedia:Punisher|Frank Castle / Punisher]] and titled ''[[wikipedia:The Punisher (TV series)|The Punisher]]'', was ordered by Netflix in April 2016. On November 29, 2018, Netflix canceled ''Daredevil''.<!--Do not add a citation here per WP:LEADCITE! It is cited in the body of the article. Thank you!-->
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 [[wikipedia:Punisher|Frank Castle / Punisher]] and titled ''[[wikipedia:The Punisher (TV series)|The Punisher]]'', was ordered by Netflix in April 2016. On November 29, 2018, Netflix canceled ''Daredevil''.<!--Do not add a citation here per WP:LEADCITE! It is cited in the body of the article. Thank you!-->


One of the main underlying themes of this series is Matt Murdock's spiritual journey based on his Catholic faith. A recurring theme in the series is Matt's conflict of conscience in truly fighting evil without participating himself in evil actions. He sees that the only way to stop certain villains is with force, but he is conflicted about being himself the devil when forced to respond to violence with violence. Another significant theme is that of Matt's physical blindness: Matt lives in a world of darkness, afraid that he himself might succumb to the darkness. While his physical blindness gives him superior physical abilities, he is however afraid of interior blindness in not seeing the way of righteousness, similar to Jesus' reproach of the Pharisees:
One of the main underlying themes of this series is [[wikipedia:List_of_Daredevil_characters#Matt_Murdock_/_Daredevil|Matt Murdock]]'s spiritual journey based on his [[wikipedia:Catholic_Church|Catholic faith]]. A recurring theme in the series is Matt's conflict of conscience in truly fighting evil without participating himself in evil actions. His moral compass tells him that he must not murder another human being in order to bring about justice. He sees that the only way to stop certain villains is with force, but he is conflicted about being himself the [[wikipedia:Devil_in_Christianity|devil]] when forced to respond to violence with violence. And here the title of the series comes into play, between Matt's being a [[wikipedia:Stunt_performer|daredevil]] coming to a fine line with his being a [[wikipedia:Devil|devil]].


{{Quote|text=<sup>12</sup> Then his disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?”  <sup>13</sup> He said in reply, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.  <sup>14</sup> Let them alone; they are blind guides (of the blind). If a blind person leads a blind person, both will fall into a pit.”|title=Gospel of Matthew 15:12-14}}
Another significant theme is that of Matt's [[wikipedia:Visual impairment|physical blindness]]: Matt lives in a world of darkness, afraid that he himself might succumb to the darkness. While his [[wikipedia:Visual impairment|physical blindness]] gives him superior physical abilities, he is however afraid of interior blindness in not seeing the way of righteousness, similar to Jesus' reproach of the [[wikipedia:Pharisees|Pharisees]] ({{Bible quote|version=NABRE|ref=Matthew 15:12-14}}):


==Season 1 Episode 1 "Into the Ring" confession scene==
==Season 1 Episode 1 "Into the Ring" confession scene==
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== Season 1 Episode 2 "Cut man" ==
== Season 1 Episode 2 "Cut man" ==


After Daredevil took out a covert russian operative who came searching for him at Claire's apartment, there is a scene of a dialogue between Daredevil and Claire in which he asks her explicitly, why she has decided to help him. The conversation touches on who Daredevil is, a little bit along the lines of the evangelical "Who do you say that I am?" (Gospel of Marc 8:27-28). As a vigilante, Daredevil seeks to bring justice to those who are in need of justice, resorting to the use of force to counter those who perpetrate injustice in the city. He is in someway a ''messiah'' figure, though quite different from [[wikipedia:Jesus|Jesus Christ]] in his approach to bringing about justice. Claire Temple admires Daredevil but is also a little bit afraid of him and his ways. When she mentions the people that have been helped by Daredevil, and Daredevil invites her to be not afraid, it sounds almost a bit like Jesus answering the doubts of the disciples of John the Baptist:
After Daredevil took out a covert russian operative who came searching for him at Claire's apartment, there is a scene of a dialogue between Daredevil and Claire in which he asks her explicitly, why she has decided to help him. The conversation touches on who Daredevil is, a little bit along the lines of the evangelical "Who do you say that I am?" ({{Bible quote|version=NABRE|ref=Marc 8:27-28}}).  
 
As a vigilante, Daredevil seeks to bring justice to those who are in need of justice, resorting to the use of force to counter those who perpetrate injustice in the city. He is in someway a ''messiah'' figure, though quite different from [[wikipedia:Jesus|Jesus Christ]] in his approach to bringing about justice. Claire Temple admires Daredevil but is also a little bit afraid of him and his ways. When she mentions the people that have been helped by Daredevil, and Daredevil invites her to be not afraid, it sounds almost a bit like Jesus answering the doubts of the disciples of John the Baptist ({{Bible quote|version=NABRE|ref=Matthew 11:2-6}}).
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{{Quote|text=<sup>2</sup>  When John heard in prison of the works of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to him  <sup>3</sup> with this question, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”  <sup>4</sup> Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:  <sup>5</sup> the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.  <sup>6</sup> And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”|author=Gospel of Matthew 11:2-6}}
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When Claire shows her admiration for Daredevil's ability to take a beating and stay dignified, Daredevil attributes this to his Catholic upbringing. Perhaps he is referring in some way to Jesus' teaching about ''turning the other cheek'' in the context of the [[wikipedia:Sermon on the Mount|Sermon on the Mount]], even though he is ready to punish wrongdoers with force.
When Claire shows her admiration for Daredevil's ability to take a beating and stay dignified, Daredevil attributes this to his Catholic upbringing. Perhaps he is referring in some way to Jesus' teaching about ''turning the other cheek'' in the context of the [[wikipedia:Sermon on the Mount|Sermon on the Mount]] ({{Bible quote|version=NABRE|ref=Matthew 5:38-39}}), even though he himself is willing to use force to stop the injustice of wrongdoers.


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{{Quote|text= <sup>38</sup> “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  <sup>39</sup> But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on [your] right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.|author=Gospel of Matthew 5:38-39}}
 
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=== Movie clip ===
=== Movie clip ===


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|FATHER=[[wikipedia:List_of_Daredevil_characters#Father_Paul_Lantom|Father Lantom]]
|FATHER=[[wikipedia:List_of_Daredevil_characters#Father_Paul_Lantom|Father Lantom]]


|FATHER|Started to wonder if you'd ever turn up again.
|FATHER| Started to wonder if you'd ever turn up again.
|MATT|Yeah, I've, uh - been busy.
|MATT| Yeah, I've, uh - been busy.
|FATHER|- Hmm. Well, I'll be inside, you wanna take confession.
|FATHER| Hmm. Well, I'll be inside, you wanna take confession.
|MATT|Uh, Father? I was wondering if I could take you up on that latte?
|MATT| Uh, Father? I was wondering if I could take you up on that latte?
|FATHER|Sugar?
|FATHER| Sugar?
|MATT|No.
|MATT| No.
|FATHER|So, what's on your mind, Matthew? Wasn't that hard to find out. People still remember "Battlin' Jack" Murdock around these parts and what happened to his son. Seal of confession still applies, even over lattes.
|FATHER| So, what's on your mind, Matthew? Wasn't that hard to find out. People still remember "Battlin' Jack" Murdock around these parts and what happened to his son. Seal of confession still applies, even over lattes.
That what you're worried about.
That what you're worried about.
|MATT| Do you believe in the Devil, Father?
|MATT| Do you believe in the Devil, Father?
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|MATT| Sorry.
|MATT| Sorry.
|FATHER| Years later, I was in Rwanda trying to help local churches provide aid and sanctuary to refugees. I'd become close with the village elder, Gahiji. He and his family had the respect of everybody, Hutu and Tutsi alike. He'd helped them all through famines, disease. The militia liked to force Hutu villagers to murder their neighbors with machetes. But nobody would raise a hand against Gahiji. They said, "Well how can we kill such a holy man?" So the militia commander sent soldiers with orders to cut his head off in front of the entire village. Gahiji didn't try to put up a fight. Just asked for the chance to say goodbye to his family. By the time he was done, even the soldiers didn't wanna kill him. So they went to their commander and asked permission to shoot him. At least give him a quick death. The commander wanted to meet this man who had won the respect of so many. He went to Gahiji talked with him in his hut for many hours. Then he dragged him out in front of his village and hacked him to pieces along with his entire family. In that man who took Gahiji's life I saw the Devil. So yes, Matthew I believe he walks among us taking many forms.
|FATHER| Years later, I was in Rwanda trying to help local churches provide aid and sanctuary to refugees. I'd become close with the village elder, Gahiji. He and his family had the respect of everybody, Hutu and Tutsi alike. He'd helped them all through famines, disease. The militia liked to force Hutu villagers to murder their neighbors with machetes. But nobody would raise a hand against Gahiji. They said, "Well how can we kill such a holy man?" So the militia commander sent soldiers with orders to cut his head off in front of the entire village. Gahiji didn't try to put up a fight. Just asked for the chance to say goodbye to his family. By the time he was done, even the soldiers didn't wanna kill him. So they went to their commander and asked permission to shoot him. At least give him a quick death. The commander wanted to meet this man who had won the respect of so many. He went to Gahiji talked with him in his hut for many hours. Then he dragged him out in front of his village and hacked him to pieces along with his entire family. In that man who took Gahiji's life I saw the Devil. So yes, Matthew I believe he walks among us taking many forms.
|MATT|What if you could've stopped him from ever hurting anyone again?
|MATT| What if you could've stopped him from ever hurting anyone again?
|FATHER|Stopped him how?
|FATHER| Stopped him how?
}}
 
== Season 2 Episode 4 "Penny and Dime" ==
 
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=== Scene Script ===
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|FrLantom=[[wikipedia:List_of_Daredevil_characters#Father_Paul_Lantom|Father Lantom]]
|Matt=[[wikipedia:List_of_Daredevil_characters#Matt_Murdock_/_Daredevil|Matt]]
|Matt| It was a nice sermon.
|FrLantom| Thank you.
|Matt| Most priests would have found something kind to say about the man himself, but...
|FrLantom| I said he came to church. Nothing shines up a halo faster than a death, Matthew. But funerals are for the living... and revising history... only dilutes the lessons we should learn from it.
|Matt| It wasn't my fault.
|FrLantom| What wasn't?
|Matt| Grotto's death.
|FrLantom| No one said it was.
|Matt| Yeah. There's a new man in town, he's, uh... killing people in cold blood.
|FrLantom| Yeah, I read about what happened with the Irish. Must have been a... busy couple nights.
|Matt| Yeah, I did everything I could to... uh, protect my client.
|FrLantom| That work is done, Matthew.
|Matt| Because I failed.
|FrLantom| At least you tried.
|Matt| Well, like you said, his life had value. A whole world's been lost and others are dying one after the other...
|FrLantom| Matthew, what are you looking for?
|Matt| Forgiveness.
|FrLantom| For what?
|Matt| Uh... not doing more?
|FrLantom| You just said you did everything you could. If you're the man I understand you to be, I'm sure that's true.
|Matt| Then why do I still feel guilty?
|FrLantom| Guilt can be a good thing. It's the soul's call to action. The indication that... something is wrong. The only way... to rid your heart of it... is to correct your mistakes and keep going... until amends are made. I don't know what you didn't do or what you should have done... but the guilt... the guilt... means your work is not yet finished.
|Matt| Thank you.
}}
}}
== Season 3 Episode 1 "Resurrection" ==
During the course of Season 2, Matt's decisions seem to have taken him along a path in which he feels that he has lost himself and betrayed his relationship with God. His near death at the end of Season 2 was almost intended to be a suicide, an act of despair. In fact, in the opening scene of Season 3, Matt
{{Quote|text=is not grateful for his miraculous survival, and he doesn’t thank the nuns for saving his life—he’s too busy obsessing over Elektra. He knows that whatever arguments he made about wanting to bring Elektra “back to the light” he walked into Midland Circle with the other Defenders with no intention of walking back out. He knows he was committing suicide. He chose sexy death with Elektra over being God’s superhero. Father Lantom seems to intuit at least some of this, and immediately offers to hear his confession and give Matt Communion.
Because, again, in this worldview Matt is in a state of sin. He is out of joint with God, Catholicism, and his universe, and until he repents of his decision at Midland Circle and receives Communion he is, spiritually speaking, %!*#°$. He and Lantom both believe this.
And Matt literally turns his back and tells his Father Confessor to “give it a rest.”
Over the next four episodes Matt rails against his faith, speaking about God not as New Atheist or as a Recovering Catholic but as a betrayed lover. There’s no external romantic plotline for Matt in this season, because his real romance is with God, and they’ve had one hell of a falling out. And for all Matt’s attempts to hit Nihilism up as a rebound chick, he just can’t quit the Lord.
But, tellingly, he just keeps talking about God, not to God—he ignores Sister Maggie and Father Lantom’s invitations to Mass (hell, Karen attends Mass before Matt does) and he certainly doesn’t pray… except for one notable exception.
At the end of the first episode he goes out hero-ing for the first time (back in an all-black outfit that is at least partially constructed from a nun’s wimple) and while he rescues a girl and her father, he ultimately loses the fight. The goons try to leave him in the street but he calls them back, throws one of them a metal pipe, and offers his throat, saying “God forgive me.”
The goons are understandably confused and bolt when they hear sirens approaching.
So that’s two suicide attempts now.
But of course that happens out in the street, away from his church, and away from the priest and nun who he’s desperately trying to impress with his anger.|author=[https://www.tor.com/author/leah-schnelbach/ Leah Schnelbach]|title=[https://www.tor.com/2018/10/25/daredevil-season-three-recommits-to-matt-murdocks-catholicism-with-great-results/ Daredevil Succeeds When Matt Murdock Gets His Catholic Mojo Back]}}
The title given to this episode, "Resurrection", refers simply to the fact that Matt should have been dead but is somehow, somewhat miraculously alive. There isn't really any direct reference to a religious meaning other than perhaps simply bringing to mind Jesus rising from the dead, but while Jesus resurrection was one of hope and new life, that of Matt is in the sign of despair and loss of direction.


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