Monday, March 21, 2016

Review: Netflix's Origional Series Daredevil: Season 2

"Marvel hits it out of the park again with a new small screen adaptation of The Man Without Fear"

Growing up and even to this day, I have always considered myself a DC Comics Fan. Some of my favorite costumed characters include The Flash, Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, Rorschach, Dr. Fate, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Green Arrow. Despite my intense affinity for the DC Comics -character property, I often found myself gravitating towards some of Marvel Entertainment's roster.

Some of my favorite characters on the Marvel side include The Punisher, Captain America, Blade, Cyclops, Iron Man, War Machine, Luke Cage, of course Spider Man and then Daredevil. When it was first announced that Daredevil was once again coming to live screen adaptation, I was somewhat cynical. I did not care for the early 2000's run at the hero vigilante that stared the ever so loved, Ben Affleck at the helm but it always seemed to remain in the recess of my memory as a guilty pleasure.
The 13 part series is directed by acclaimed director Steven S. DeKnight who has had a more than successful run at the Starz original series , Spartacus as well as Black Sails. The series like the comics taken from, follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

In addition to superb writing and action sequences the series is rounded out by stars, Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsely aka The Owl), Vondie Curtis Hall (Ben Urich), Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley, Wilson Fisk’s right hand man), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa Fisk), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk).
What separates Daredevil from alot of other fictional characters is that he is religious. Throughout the comics as well as this series he is depicted as being Catholic. With this factor in place, it helps to provide insight into the moral ambiguity that the character feels as a result of his vigilante lifestyle. Another thing that helps to define and make Daredevil standout is his handicap. Because he is blind he most rely solely on his martial arts training, intuition, faith and other 4 senses.

Matt Murdock/Daredevil learning to keep going and persevere in the face of adversity is what makes him great and offers readers/ viewers the chance to learn something from him. To me this defines what it means to be a Christian and to "walk by faith". In it's purest form Daredevil's many virtues also show readers that life is about overcoming fear, pride in your home, respect for the law, and doing your best even through the worst scenarios.

I can't say how excited I am for this new step for Marvel Studios as well as Netflix. The first episode is as one my expect, insight into the characters origins as well as a brief glimpse into the characters iconic suit. There are several story lines going on that includes human trafficking and corporate corruption. It is television for grown ups, and the grown ups will enjoy ! As the late great Johnny Cash would say, he's got gravel in his guts and spit in his eye,but he doesn't give up! Remember despite how monumental your problems might seem, you can overcome them with God. With him, you have the power to triumph.

Daredevil is available for viewing globally on Netflix