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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]].


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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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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]}}
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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