It is no surprise that the general public enjoys the idea and concept of a vigilante superhero on television. From the vintage Batman and Superman cartoons to the young-adult cult following shows like Smallville, Green Arrow, the Flash, and Supergirl, the whole comic-friendly formula continues to prevail each and every year. So, with the introduction to the DareDevil, I, like many others, had some serious doubts on the quality and standard this Netflix original can bring to the table.
After watching season one, I was absolutely astounded by the direction and cinematography that was brought into the DareDevil project. Unlike the 2003 Blockbuster film with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, the DareDevil Netflix original introduces a new and innovative approach to the comic book story. Rather than jumping into the storyline with a quick five-minute flashback, the plot explodes with the philosophical conundrum that our protagonist, Matthew Murdock (played by Charlie Cox) has in each and every episode. Season one entertained not just with a mysterious and never-ending line of villains, but an overall internal struggle of who and what the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen will be for the city of New York. For many fans, especially the Marvel ones, personifying the morale struggle Matthew has with the city’s corruption was by far one of the most important things this show was able to accomplish. Rather than start our protagonist with his notable red-attire, Matthew Murdock had to earn his way to be the vigilante the city knows and loves. To of course enhance the overall plot, the action sequences truly (action scenes) captivate the strengths and qualities that DareDevil has as a superhero. One of them in particular was the infamous one-shot hallway fight that highlighted both the brute strength, dedication, and meticulous choreography this show invested within its writing.
Now, with season two at an end, many questions come to mind about the overall direction this show is going towards. For season one, much of the show was dedicated in establishing the personality and character development for our main hero, his friends, and his arch nemesis. In comparison, for season two, we saw a whole new storyline where our protagonist is continuing his internal struggle, but in a different aspect where he is diving deeper within the darkness of power. Much of this can be attributed to the ever-growing influence of Elektra (played by Elodie Yung) and philosophical black-and-white mentality of the Punisher (played by Jon Bernthal). If that was not enough, the viewers are introduce to supernatural fantasies of ‘the Hand,’ a radical underground organization of evil mystical ninjas looking to take over the world with powerful occult magic.
While some people can say the show was trying to do too much, in my opinion, the show has propelled and grown in the most appropriate direction. When it comes down to it, this is an already establish story. The director, producer, and writing staff are not just creating a show to gain viewers. Instead, they are trying to accurately portray the comic book series in the highest of light. Yes, the show took a strong direction introducing a variety of new characters, but to consistently shape and alter the DareDevil in the most appropriate manner, all of the elements had to be hit. Whether it was the intoxicating love affair with him and Elektra or the eye opening realities to an underground ninja war, the show itself has done a phenomenal job.
For next season, I hope to see Elektra make her way back from the dead as not just a fleeting image for Matthew Murdock, but as the mystifying antagonist the fans have been waiting for. Until then, I will be counting down the days until I can appropriately binge watch season three of DareDevil.