The Film Studio Without Fear1 of 12After the all-too-brief teaser first released for Netflix's upcoming Daredevil series, the full-length trailer hit the Internet with much fanfare. Promising a gritty, street-level take on Marvel's resident Man Without Fear, the trailer plays directly to expectation.
Though the trailer moves at a quick pace, there's still plenty to take in. This Daredevil trailer shies away from easter eggs, saving the ways the show will connect to the larger MCU for when the show actually arrives, but focuses on giving viewers just a taste of the show's major characters and themes.
We've done the hard work of combing through the trailer for the important bits, so without further ado, here are ten things worth noticing in Netflix's Daredevil trailer!
The Kingpin2 of 12Daredevil's arch-enemy, Wilson Fisk, is seen only briefly in this trailer, the trappings of the Kingpin appear throughout. Kingpin has always hidden behind street-level thugs to push his criminal empire, dealing in drugs, murder, extortion, and other outlets of organized crime. It's only fitting then that Vincent D'Onofrio's Fisk is seen only for a moment, while the effects of his villainy run rampant.
The Costume3 of 12We've been told that the look seen in this first trailer isn't the only outfit Daredevil will don in the series, with his familiar red garb on the way. But this teaser gave us our best look at the black suit he'll initially wear yet. Not only do we get a better look at the subtle elements of the costume, such as the red piping on the shirt, we also get to see it in action.
Battle Scars4 of 12It's unclear yet just where in Daredevil's saga this series will fall, whether Matt Murdock is already firmly entrenched in his crime fighting alter ego, or this is the beginning of his journey. One this for sure, however, and that is the level of punishment Daredevil will undergo in his quest to clean up the city. With multiple shots of Daredevil's shredded, damaged costume and battered body, it's easy to see that the show's creators won't lose sight of the idea that deep down, Daredevil is just a man.
Stick5 of 12Though it's only a quick shot, the trailer's look at Scott Glenn's Stick has quite an impact. As Matt Murdock's mentor, the enigmatic Stick taught Matt Murdock not only to hone his enhanced senses and radar sense, but trained him in the use of martial arts as well. Stick is an integral part of Daredevil's origin, and his presence here gives some clue as to where in Daredevil's timeline this series will fall.
Religion6 of 12Matt Murdock's religion has long been an important component of his character. While his faith is occasionally called into question, Murdock's connection to the Catholic church is deep and intensely personal for him. In fact, in the comics, Murdock's mother became a nun when he was a child, leaving him alone with his prizefighter father. This trailer shows the connection through a confessional narrative between Murdock and a priest.
Violence7 of 12Daredevil has always been a street level character, and while he has occasionally returned to a brighter, more happy-go-lucky tone, many of the most iconic Daredevil runs in comics center around not just street level crime, but street level violence. Netflix's series looks to draw on that kind of knock down, drag out combat, with the trailer climaxing with a close up shot of a bloody and beaten Daredevil picking himself up off the ground - something the comic book Matt Murdock has done time and time again.
The Supporting Cast8 of 12Although only seen in glimpses, Matt Murdock's supporting cast are visible throughout the trailer. We've talked about his mentor and his nemesis, but also present are Karen Page and Foggy Nelson, some of Murdock's oldest allies. From the looks of the brief glimpse at Karen and Foggy, it seems like Page will come to Nelson for legal aid. Also caught in a quick shot in the trailer is Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple, a character who has comic connections to Luke Cage, and who has occasionally used her medical knowledge to treat injured superheroes.
Super-Senses9 of 12Many fans have wondered just how Matt Murdock's super-senses will be portrayed on camera. While Daredevil star Charlie Cox recently said that part of the portrayal of his powers would come down to his physical acting, it looks as though there will be a subtle visual component to accompany his abilities, including his radar sense. Whether the show goes farther in depth than the fish-eye effect portrayed in the trailer, it's clear that Daredevil's unique powers will be intact.
Physicality10 of 12Of course, Daredevil is more than just his radar sense. He relies on his incredible acrobatic prowess and martial arts training as much, of not more than his inherent senses. While there wasn't a lot of action in this trailer, it did make a point to showcase Daredevil's physicality and maneuverability in its action shots.
Darkness11 of 12Grim and gritty darkness has become a cliché when it comes to street level superheroes, but a lot of those tropes found their way into superhero comics via Daredevil's '80's heyday. Daredevil's TV creators have called out Frank Miller's crime noir take on Daredevil as a huge influence for their show, along with urban crime dramas such as Taxi Driver, and this trailer looks spot on for that kind of source material. Daredevil could be the darkest installment of Marvel's cinematic universe yet.
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