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 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 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 [also known as Punisher] instead of Matt Murdock.”
The trailer also reveals glimpses of Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson and Vincent D’Onofrio as Daredevil’s chief adversary, Wilson Fisk, also known as Kingpin. The series also stars 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.
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” is to 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” are to follow, leading up to a miniseries, “The Defenders,” which will see the shows’ primary characters team up.
All 13 one-hour “Daredevil” episodes are scheduled to arrive on Netflix on April 10.
— Noelene Clark and Blake Hennon | @LATHeroComplex
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