We Dare You to Do Better1 of 12It was announced that Daredevil, along with Jessica Jones and the Heroes For Hire Luke Cage and Iron Fist are making their way to small screens via Netflix. Now, we at Newsarama put together a list of ten things we'd like to see over at The Defenders series, but with Daredevil so soon back in the news with a new relaunch of the comic book coming in March 2014, this time we're talking about the Man Without Fear's solo act.
With casting going fast and furious, the new show runner steadily in place, and filming to begin soon in New York, we thought it was time to revisit the countdown about this series. What direction are they going to take with it? Netflix has committed to a minimum of thirteen episode seasons for each of the four series, which gives each one time to dive into the personality and world of the heroes.
Daredevil is one of Marvel's staple creations for sure, but we've only touched upon so little in his mythos and lore. Sure, we have the Mark Steven Johnson movie with Affleck and sure, it had Bullseye, Kingpin, Elektra, Ben Urich, and an origin story...and that's it. It was a movie that essentially was Daredevil 101. With a series, there can be more history covered and you can give the Devil his due.
Hell's Kitchen: The Place, The Character2 of 12There's so much that can be said by the type of man that would guard and patrol this part of New York (well, this version of it anyways). In the comics, Hell's Kitchen is a place that would give Gotham City nightmares, and in the 2003 movie, we got but a taste of how dangerous the city actually is, but here, we can take that a bit further. We could even possibly see the devolution of Hell's Kitchen when the crime started to flow into it, which gave Matt a reason to don the horns and billy club.
Think back to Burton's first Batman movie in 1989, with Gotham City being a force of its own, and you get the idea of what could be done here with the setting. Yes, we know Hell's Kitchen is now a gentrified brunching hot spot, but that doesn't mean that's so in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Room for History3 of 12Daredevil's history doesn't just start with young Matt Murdock becoming exposed to radioactive waste giving him super senses, no, at its core, Daredevil has one of the best father/son dynamics in comics. "Battlin'" Jack Murdock was once a great prize fighter whose life took a downward spiral when he had to raise Matt by himself. When he refused to throw a fight, he was murdered, fueling Matt's need for vengeance and becoming the Man Without Fear for the first time.
True, the movie showed a little bit of this, with Jack and Matt both supporting each other after Matt lost his sight, but there's also Matt at Columbia meeting Elektra for the first time, as well as meeting being roommates with Foggy. Now, there's no real need to show everything in Matt's life, but a little more expansion and introductory course would be good to have for non-DD fanatics.
Make Those Powers Shine4 of 12There's no wrong way to show DD's echolocation, and the film adaptation did that pretty well, but also how do you show sense of smell and taste. Mark Waid/Chris Samnee's arc with Foggy's cancer showed us some insight on how potent both of those senses are to Matt, but to have the live-action visuals make his powers come alive again is just that extra bit of comic cool factor. Especially when this is important to the number two on this list...
Three Words: RED AND YELLOW5 of 12While Daredevil is mostly known by his trademark all-red costume, but for the first six issues he wore a red and yellow costume that was designed by Bill Everett and Jack Kirby. The idea that the first costume was makeshift really works, but it does have a more striking image than the more one-shade of red outfit he's most known for. You almost can't take it seriously, until the man wearing this costume beats you senselessly with a barrage of roundhouse kicks and throat punches.
Much like the recently leaked scene from The Wolverine with Logan coming across his famous mask, something like this would be cool to Daredevil fans and gives us something we haven't seen before.
Casting Caaaall6 of 12Now this one might seem a bit of a no-brainer, but given Daredevil's mediocre history in live-action media, it's about time to give him some A-list acting treatment. Not to say Affleck was completely horrid in the role, but there's always room for improvement and seeing Marvel's track record of great casting choices thus far, perhaps Daredevil could join that club.
Though it's on Netflix, they've really gotten some great talent on board with their original series. Don't believe me? Just check out Kevin Spacey in House of Cards. Add into the fact there are serious budgets behind these productions and it's a win-win for us fans.
Don't Forget: He Loves Being Daredevil7 of 12In the Marvel Universe, Daredevil has a history of being one of the more morose characters and rightfully so. The 1980's pretty much took him through the ringer and he became something that resembled Marvel's equivalent to Batman in gritty tone and demeanor. But that's just one side to Daredevil/Matt Murdock...
Mark Waid's recent run has showed us that Matt doesn't have to be so forlorn and depressed all the time. You can still have classic Daredevil adventures without sacrificing Matt's mental well-being. He's overcome so much in his life, it's good to see him crack a smile here and there. Plus, with Marvel heading this production, you know it'll have some serious moments, but still pack some fun along the way. Ultimately, yes, Murdock sometimes lives a tortured (even literally so) life, but ultimately, he loves being Daredevil.
Foggy + Karen + Matt = Instant Drama8 of 12While the film adaptation barely skimmed this trio (Page was played by "Grey's Anatomy" actress Ellen Pompeo) and most of her scenes were cut, but can be seen with the director's cut. For years, Karen and Matt flirted and in the comics, the attraction was almost instantanious when Foggy brought her on board...and thus began the problem.
Foggy began feeling inferior to Matt and while Matt never spoke of his feelings towards Karen, Foggy felt that Karen might have feelings for him, but this was not the case. This whole scenario was played beautifully in Daredevil: Yellow by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, but given the right sort of actors to bring this to life, and it adds that extra bit of depth to who these characters are.
Don't Forget the MCU, but Don't Push it Either9 of 12By now, we're pretty used to Tony Stark/Stark Industries getting a reference here and there, but when Tony first showed up in the Incredible Hulk, admit it, that was cool for the time. But we've moved on and forward and it's time to expand to other parts of the Marvel Universe, mainly to Parts Unknown...
While Spider-Man, the X-Men, Fantastic Four can't show up as they're owned and operated by different studios, it would be cool to get a feel of this world as a whole if we talked about the little things, especially things outside of the Daredevil bubble. Squirrel Girl? Silvermane? A Thunderbolts reference? Maybe even an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. reference to tie this universe up in a nice little bow would help it all feel more like one great big Universe.
Matt Murdock: Lawyer By Day10 of 12Another thing the Director's Cut showed that was cut out from the theatrical release of the Daredevil film is Matt Murdock as a lawyer using his powers to investigate and prove the innocence of his client (played by rapper Coolio). There could be so much more room to explore Matt's ability and intuition as a lawyer and sort of detective, especially when you have the visuals of his powers at work. Something smells like gasoline or even arsenic, he knows somethings up and gets to the bottom of it. Plus him defending those who can't really pay high-price lawyer fees shows the humanitarian in Matt we didn't see much of in other portrayals.
Bring On the Villains11 of 12While Daredevil has the trademark villainous trio of Bullseye, Elektra (who is only part-time foe), and the Kingpin (originally a Spider-Man baddie), he has one of the most bizarre and eclectic rogues gallery that should definitely get some screen time. Bring in guys like the Owl (who hopefully won't look like Wolverine in a Dickensian period piece, but that's part of his charm), the Purple Man (already mentioned in the Defenders countdown), Stilt-Man, Leap Frog, and while he can't go against Electro, there's no reason we can't have a version of the Emissaries of Evil, or even a Fellowship of Fear.
True there's only thirteen episodes to encompass a lot of Daredevil material, but an expanded and lesser-known rogues gallery would be just the thing to Daredevil fans have long awaited.
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