Starring: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onoforio, Élodie Yung, and Jon Bernthal
And while I am a big fan of Batman, those who know me know that I’m a little too obsessed with The Dark Knight like almost to a creepy extent…
|Alright, maybe not ALL things Marvel…|
To specify, I am a fan of Marvel Studios under the Disney banner, often referred to as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which I’m gonna call MCU from here on out cause I’m lazy…) And instead of going into all of the history of the MCU (which I actually may do later…) I’m gonna talk about their first series on Netflix, Daredevil.
|Not this one…it’s ok Batfleck you did your best|
For those of you unfamiliar with the character and the show, I’ll give you a brief rundown from Wikipedia on the two seasons that have been released.
The first season sees lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock (Cox) use his heightened senses from being blinded as a young boy to fight crime at night on the streets of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood as Daredevil, while uncovering a conspiracy of the criminal underworld being lead by Wilson Fisk (D’Onoforio). In the second season, Murdock continues to balance life as a lawyer and Daredevil, while crossing paths with Frank Castle / Punisher (Bernthal), a vigilante with far deadlier methods as well as the return of his old girlfriend—Elektra Natchios (Yung).
Alright since, I’ve probably already lost half of you after that, let me get into a little more detail on why this show has become such a massive hit.
|It’s not hard Michael, just stop using so many cameras|
And yet while these fight scenes are usually the center piece of the series, with a similar, one-take fight scene occurring in season 2 in a stairwell, it is the acting that makes this series stand out from the rest of the MCU.
And while Cox does an extraordinary job as the titular character, bringing gravitas to a role that has been butchered in the past…
|Kinda feel like I’m beating a dead horse here, but it deserves is|
However, the superior acting in the show usually comes from the supporting characters, with D’Onoforio in the first season as Wilson Fisk and Bernthal in the second as Frank Castle/The Punisher. Each driven to the extreme by the environment that is Hell’s Kitchen.
|God I found the perfect GIF|
However, time and time again it is shown that underneath this altruistic exterior is an angry man who will only accept the world if it fits his vision.
|They don’t show it, but he slams that dude’s head in the door until it pops off…|
It is not until the end of the season that he embraces who he is with one of the most horrifyingly badass speeches I have ever seen on film…
Now while I have some grievances with the second season of this show…mostly Matt being a whiny lil’ bitch…
|Alright not all the time…|
Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle was one of the most badass/interesting characters I have seen on television. And while it could be just because of this scene alone…
|I never said he was a good guy…|
And I know that all this flowery film/psych language won’t convince some of you to watch this show, I know that some of you just don’t like superhero movies…but if that’s the case then why the fuck did you read this far??