Humble attorney Matt Murdock has the perfect alibi to conceal his identity as masked vigilante Daredevil. After all, how could a blind man possibly fight crime, especially the hard-edged crime found in Hell’s Kitchen? What few people know is that Matt’s blindness is balanced out by preternaturally heightened senses of hearing, smell, taste and touch – and he dislikes criminals enough that he’s determined to bring them to justice either in the courts or on the streets.
Daredevil is coming to Netflix this spring as the first in a series of five Marvel shows, all set in Hell’s Kitchen. In the red corner is Charlie Cox (Stardust) as the series protagonist – and in the blue corner is Vincent D’Onofrio (Run All Night) as crime boss Wilson Fisk A.K.A. The Kingpin. The cast also includes Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson.
These five principal cast members are the stars of a new set of character posters for Daredevil which, when combined, form a single banner set against a backdrop of what appears to be a key location in Hell’s Kitchen (it was also featured in a recent motion poster). Dawson plays Claire Temple, who seems to be the only other person who knows Matt’s secret. Henson plays Foggy Nelson, Matt’s law partner; and Woll is Matt’s love interest Karen Page.
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The pilot episode of Daredevil is titled ‘Into the Ring’ and was scripted by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), who was originally supposed to serve as showrunner before being called away to direct the now-defunct Sinister Six (though he’s probably going to direct the new Spider-Man instead). Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus) took over as showrunner and The Sopranos cinematographer Phil Abraham directed the pilot and the second episode.
Both of Marvel’s current shows – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter – have seen mixed responses from audiences and critics, and the pressure is on for Daredevil to make a strong debut and get casual audiences hooked for the rest of the upcoming Marvel/Netflix shows. With less than a fortnight to go before its release the excitement is mounting – but can Daredevil live up to the hype?
Daredevil season one will be available to watch on Netflix from April 10th, 2015.