At last, a full-length trailer for the Netflix mini-series adaptation of Marvel’s Daredevil, due out next week. The trailer hits the right notes, eschewing too much comic-bookiness (one of the flaws of the film adaptation… one of its many flaws). Daredevil has gone through many iterations over the years, but it’s been at its best with writers such as Frank Miller, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, and even Kevin Smith — writers who took down a darker, more serious path. For me, Daredevil — one of my all-time favorite heroes — always hit the sweet spot between Spider-Man and The Punisher. Harsh and realistic without being relentlessly grim or overly quip-heavy.
This new show seems to get that, at least based on early imagery. It’s assembled a hell of a cast, and Charlie Cox has the look right, as does a terrific-looking Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin. It’ll be a look at the early years, hence the more homespun-looking costume, and I appreciate that it covers the fact that Daredevil often takes a hell of a beating. He doesn’t use guns, but he also isn’t superstrong, so when he gets into it, he gets hammered around quite a bit. There also appears to be a brief glimpse of The Hand (I think), as well as Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, and Scott Glenn as Stick, the man who trained him (and who appears to be channeling his character from Sucker Punch).
Take a look:
Daredevil will premiere on Netflix on April 10th, and will be the first of a new slate of Marvel web-based television shows that eventually feature individual series about Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Danny Rand aka Iron Fist (still uncast), and will then lead into a show about The Defenders.