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.
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 of Hell’s Kitchen in New York as a vigilante.
In addition to Cox, the series stars 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. Other cast members include Vondie Curtis Hall as Ben Ulrich and Scott Glenn as Stick, as well as Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna, Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsley 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.
— Noelene Clark and Blake Hennon | @LATHeroComplex