Just watched the first episode of Daredevil from Netflix.
Quite liked it.
Nice to see Marvel is now creating good TV shows. DC Comics has been much better on the small screen (Smallville, The Flash, Gotham, Arrow) and has only recently had any competition from Marvel (Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter).
Daredevil is a very good choice for TV - the character has limited powers - mainly trained as an "normal" ultimate fighter level athelete, with an enhanced radar sense and other senses to compensate for his blindness. This makes the storylines easier to create, as you don't have to create powerful (but with some glaring weakness that can be punched) villians each week. This is also why I like DC's Gotham - the storylines are typical detective stories, which can draw from a long history of comic book "reality". In both series, they seem to be thinking longer term - not starting with the big guns (e.g. young Bruce Wayne isn't fighting Joker in episode one), and letting the character side of the stories develop.
This was the key revelation of Marvel in the "Bronze age" - they brought characterization and depth to the stories - it wasn't all the "superhero" - they had lives, problems, relationships which were often at odds with carrying on the "secret life". It basically allowed for several stories to be interwoven, and reduced the need to find new ways to hit people - you'd follow Peter Parker, or Johnny Storm out on dates, or to job interviews, in addition to the confusion caused when they had to run to be Spider-Man or the Torch.
Smallville led the way with the logic of having Clark's life be the fo
cus. Had "Superboy" appeared early in the series, it probably wouldn't have run for 10 seasons, as the pressure to have Superboy appear more often would be constant, and the depth of stories would have been lost as a consequence.
|The actual "Nelson and Murdock" law firm - Universal Studios - Florida|
Looking forward to the rest of the series.