April 11, 2015 | 8:40 a.m.
“Daredevil,” the comic-based, crime-inflected drama that arrived Friday with 13 episodes on Netflix, represents a very different direction for Marvel. Think of it as superheroes, Scorsese-style. “Daredevil” is unquestionably more somber, and more graphically violent, than its Marvel Universe siblings, ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter,” two shows that reflect the company’s customary blend of uplifting entertainment, humor and mostly happy endings. “Marvel really wanted to take a chance,” said show runner Steven DeKnight (“Spartacus”). “When they told me that they wanted this to be grittier, very grounded, morally complex, that was right up my alley. We approached it as a crime drama first and a superhero show second.” REVIEW: Built for the binge: ‘Daredevil’ reveals the future of TV According to Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb (who, in his previous life as a comic book writer, wrote the […]
April 09, 2015 | 12:51 p.m.
Marvel fans get a first look at Matt Murdock’s iconic red suit in a new promo for “Daredevil.” The Netflix series, which premieres Friday, stars Charlie Cox as the blind superhero. Up until now, the character has been shown wearing a black mask, shirt and pants during his bouts of crime-fighting. On Thursday morning, Netflix tweeted an image of the character undergoing a transformation, first donning a suit and tie, then the black mask, and finally an armored version of the red suit the character wears in the comics. The real journey to becoming a hero starts here. #Daredevil #Spoiler https://t.co/sjSEgpEn2Z — Daredevil (@Daredevil) April 9, 2015 Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his […]
March 10, 2015 | 11:04 a.m.
The villainous character Wilson Fisk takes the spotlight in the new trailer for “Daredevil,” Marvel’s first TV series for Netflix due to arrive in April. Played by veteran actor Vincent D’Onofrio, Fisk, also known as Kingpin, will make life in Hell’s Kitchen difficult for Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock, the blind vigilante known as the Man Without Fear who, by day, is a practicing attorney. Watch the new trailer below. Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his other senses to superhuman levels. After his father, boxer Battlin’ Jack Murdock, is killed for refusing to throw a fight, the son takes up the fight for justice on two fronts: in the courtroom as an attorney, […]
Feb. 26, 2015 | 1:55 p.m.
The blind superhero Matt Murdock is front and center in new poster images for Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, “Daredevil.” Starring Charlie Cox, the series centers on the unlikely hero who is conflicted about his choice to become a vigilante, with his quest for justice taking him to some very dark places. Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his other senses to superhuman levels. After his father, boxer Battlin’ Jack Murdock, is killed for refusing to throw a fight, the son takes up the fight for justice on two fronts: in the courtroom as an attorney, and on the streets as a vigilante. “What I love about this show is the moral gray area […]
Feb. 04, 2015 | 7:22 a.m.
The first trailer for Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series is out, revealing a hero conflicted about his choice to become a vigilante. The blind superhero Matt Murdock (played by Charlie Cox in the Netflix series) is shown in a confessional with a priest. “I’ve been preoccupied of late with questions of morality, of right and wrong, good and evil,” Murdock says. “I’m not seeking forgiveness for what I’ve done, Father. I’m asking forgiveness for what I’m about to do. I’m just trying to make my city a better place.” And if the trailer is any indication, Murdock’s quest for justice will take him to some dark places. Murdock debuted in comics with the April 1964 cover-dated “Daredevil” No. 1, by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. As a youngster, Matt is blinded in an accident by a radioactive substance that heightens his […]
Jan. 29, 2015 | 1:45 p.m.
“A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is adding another actor to its growing ensemble. Actress Rachael Taylor (“Grey’s Anatomy”) will play Patricia “Trish” Walker, a close friend and ally to the title character of Marvel’s upcoming 13-episode series for Netflix, which is slated to premiere later this year. A syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star, Walker first appeared in comics (where she’s called Patsy, not Trish) in 1944; she went on to receive her own heroic identity, Hellcat, 32 years later. “The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both,” said executive producer and show runner Melissa Rosenberg in a statement. Rosenberg (“Dexter,” “Twilight”) will oversee the series, which will star Krysten Ritter as Jones. After a short-lived run as a superhero, Jones sets up shop as a private investigator in New […]
Jan. 07, 2015 | 10:36 a.m.
“Daredevil,” Marvel’s first series for Netflix, will premiere April 10, with 13 one-hour episodes becoming available at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time, the streaming service announced today. The series stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock as the blind superhero who battles injustice by day as a lawyer, with Vincent D’Onofrio as his chief adversary, Wilson Fisk. The cast also includes Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Vondie Curtis Hall as Ben Ulrich and Scott Glenn as Stick, as well as Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna, Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsey and Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley. “What I love about this show is the moral gray area that’s inherent to Daredevil,” said showrunner Steven S. DeKnight at an appearance at New York Comic Con last year. “He’s one day away from […]
Dec. 04, 2014 | 5:23 p.m.
Krysten Ritter is tipped to play the title role in “Jessica Jones,” Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series based on the character originally created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg will oversee the series, which is said to focus on the heroine as she runs her own detective agency while dealing with PTSD. Marvel did not officially comment on the casting. Ritter appeared in AMC’s acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad” and in the comedy “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” among other projects, and she can be seen on the big screen later this month in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” about the lives of Margaret and Walter Keane. Rosenberg’s previous credits include the short-lived ABC series “Red Widow” as well as “Dexter” and the films in the blockbuster “Twilight” saga. “Jessica Jones” is the second of four planned […]
Oct. 11, 2014 | 6:05 p.m.
“Daredevil” made its New York Comic Con debut Saturday, and perhaps fittingly for a show about a man who practices law by day and vigilante justice at night, the new Netflix series appears set to offer darker, more morally ambiguous television than some other superhero-inspired TV. Indeed, when “Daredevil” arrives in May, the producers and actors who turned out for the NYCC panel emphasized that the show will paint in murky corners. “What I love about this show is the moral gray area that’s inherent to Daredevil,” said showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. “He’s one day away from becoming Frank Castle instead of Matt Murdock,” he added to laughter. Said Charlie Cox, who plays the blind superhero, a character celebrating his 50th anniversary this year: “We’re meeting a man who believes in law and justice, and at night he is taking law […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.
New York Comic Con kicked off Thursday with an Adam West Batman tribute, a spotlight on “Doctor Who” actor Arthur Darvill and Disney’s previews of “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6,” among other panels. The pop-culture expo, held at Manhattan’s Javits Center today through Sunday, is expected to draw some 130,000 fans for a four-day convention that has come to rival the West Coast’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. If your schedule for this weekend’s events is still up in the air, consider these must-see NYCC panels slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY TNT’S “The Librarians” 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E The upcoming series (based on the TV movies) follow a group of librarians on their adventures to protect mysterious, ancient artifacts. This panel features a sneak peek of the first episode, which premieres Dec. 7, and […]