“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 becoming Frank Castle instead of Matt Murdock.”
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.
The character has enjoyed vibrant creative periods under teams including Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, and recently Waid and Chris Samnee (and previously Paolo Rivera).
Daredevil was previously brought to the screen in a little admired 2003 film starring Ben Affleck, who, of course, is tackling a new, high-profile superhero role, playing Batman in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
“Daredevil” will be the first of four new Netflix original series Marvel is producing — “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” starring Krysten Ritter is also set to premiere in 2015. “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage” will follow, leading up to a miniseries, “The Defenders,” which will see the shows’ primary characters team up.
This week, Marvel unveiled another new series, “Agent Carter,” in which Hayley Atwell reprises her “Captain America” role as a capable spy in 1946.
The ABC short-order series premiered Tuesday and featured a first-look at the full teaser for Marvel’s upcoming summer superhero outing, “Ant-Man.”
— Gina McIntyre and Blake Hennon | @LATHeroComplex
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