Marvel's TV universe continues to grow as the studio preps its Netflix series Daredevil for a premiere date that's much earlier than anyone had anticipated. On Wednesday, Marvel revealed that Daredevil, starring Boardwalk Empire's Charlie Cox, would arrive April 10. The announcement, made at the Winter TCA Press Tour, came along with a new motion poster, but we still don't know much about what we'll see on the show.
Here's the motion poster along with details about what we know so far.
1. It's Going to Be Dark
Charlie Cox is starring as Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, and he's called the show "much darker than anything I've ever seen Marvel do before." How so? He told The Hollywood Reporter: "The concept that he can't stop. He's going out, and he's taking the law into his own hands, and he doesn't know if he can stop. He might be addicted to it." Showrunner Steven S. Deknight previously worked on the very bloody, very naked Spartacus series for Starz, and he says Daredevil will get gritty, but nothing you'd see in a hard R or NC-17 movie. "I don’t think the material warrants that," he told Entertainment Weekly. "It is a little grittier and edgier than Marvel has gone before, but we’re not looking to push it to extreme graphic violence, gratuitous nudity or anything like that.
2. It's Influenced by Frank Miller
Best known for his legendary work with Batman, Frank Miller's fingerprints are all over modern comic book adaptations. He first began to build his daunting reputation by taking third-tier title Daredevil and turning it into a hit in the late '70s and early '80s. His run on the series not only changed the title, it changed comics, with many artists and writers seeking to emulate his grittier, hard-boiled style. Here's a side-by-side of Charlie Cox's Daredevil costume next to Frank Miller's reimagining of the traditionally crimson-clad character.
3. Kingpin Will Be the Main Villain
Vincent D'Onofrio has been brought in to play Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin, a New York Marvel villain famous for taking on the likes of Spider-Man and Daredevil. Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb told Entertainment Weekly, we'll be spending a lot of time with his character. "Fisk has very many different aspects so it’s not all, 'I want to conquer the city and make a lot of money.' In our story, we tell the story of how he met his wife Vanessa and how they fell in love — our antagonist actually has a love story. That’s the love story you’re following, the one you’re invested in, and seeing how that affects him and changes him. I think Vincent just brings such depth to it, his performance is just astounding."
As you can see September photo below, D'Onofrio was walking around practically in character all through the fall. He does look intimidating with a shaved head.
4. It Does Exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
When Daredevil goes out to fight bad guys in Hell's Kitchen, he'll be fighting in the same New York ravaged by aliens in The Avengers, but don't expect there to be much cross-over with Marvel's more powerful heroes. Marvel's Jeph Loeb says this is about one man's mission to try and save his neighborhood, not the world.