We've already shown you the first images of Vince Vaugh as "Kingpin" and you've might have seen the teaser, but now we have the full trailer for Marvel's first series with Netflix, Daredevil.
Pretty cool looking, eh? But I was excited about this project even before this and here's why.
1. Steven DeKnight
This is a writer/producer I'd pretty much follow anywhere, thanks to my tremendous love for his Spartacus series on Starz. Even before Spartacus, he was a powerhouse writer on both Buffy and Angel, having crafted some of the most gut-wrenching episodes of both series (I'm STILL not over "Dead Things" or "You're Welcome"). He's proven himself to be adept not only at action and intrigue, but at crafting truly three dimensional characters in interesting ways. He's also given us diverse and varies queer characters of all orientations, and has been vocal about supporting diversity in general. This guy has my loyalty.
2. The Cast
Where do I start? Well, I guess the lead is a god place. I've been enamored of Charlie Cox since his turn as a love sick protege of Heath Ledge in Casanova (a criminally overlooked gem of a movie). Following his roles in Stardust, Downton Abbey, and Boardwalk Empire (and do not get me started on how upset I was about his character's fate on that show!), I've been waiting for him to get a role he could really devour, and this looks perfect for him.
Next up is Deborah Ann Woll. Now, maybe I'm partial to tall redheads named Jessica, but I loved her on True Blood, where she often remained the only character with human depth in an increasingly insane show. I'm excited to see what she does with an actual human character.
Finally, as we can see from the trailer, in VIncent D'Onofrio, who seems to have taken on Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin) as the role of a lifetime. As I mentioned before, Steven Knight has a way of making bed guys complex and understandable. that capability plus D'Onofrio letting lose could be awesome.
Now, we all know that all we need in life is Cats (or dogs in my case) and Netflix. Netflix has been the home of some of the most innovative and groundbreaking programming in the last few years. From House of Cards to Orange is the New Black to their latest hit The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The company known formerly for just DVD deliveries (and employing me as a call center rep eight yeas ago!) is now the destination for great TV. Add that to the ever expanding Marvel brand, which did so well with the limited series of Agent Carter (in terms of telling a full story in a few episodes) and I'm hoping we have another masterpiece on our hands. We also might see a bit more adult content than we're accustomed to from Marvel, when ratings don't need to be considered, but we'll see.
4. The Daredevil brand
When Ben Affleck's Daredevil came out back in 2003, my friends and I saw it in theaters. When Daredevil actually killed a guy my friend whispered to me: "This is how you can tell it's second tier Marvel. People die." It's true. Daredevil is a very dark and gritty character, which will certainly show us a much more human side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also. I might have been the only person on earth that actually kind of enjoyed Daredevil the movie, though I can't remember much of it. So I'm jazzed to see a character I like so much get another chance.
So, are you guys excited? Will you be with me on April 10 to watch the first episode?