Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Trailer Breakdown: What Can We Sense About Netflix’s Man Without Fear?
Marvel’s Netflix ‘Daredevil’ finally blinded us with its action-packed first trailer, but with all 13 episodes debuting as far away as April 10, we couldn’t resist feeling our way through the full promo frame by frame, and sensing every spoiler within. Get an eyeful of everything you missed in the first official trailer for Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ series, only on Netflix!
Beware of potential spoilers, particularly of what we saw at New York Comic-Con, and check out everything we found in our inside look below:
The Devil’s God
Far before we see the man without fear swan-diving off any rooftops, the new trailer shows us first and foremost that Matt Murdock’s Catholic heritage will play a large part in shaping the character, as it often has in the comics. Don’t expect Marvel to start pushing a Christian agenda in Phase 3 exactly, but Matt’s sense of right and wrong will clearly provide a backbone of conflict for the Netflix series. And who knows? Maybe Wilson Fisk will throw a stained-glass window at him.
Someone Gets Jacked
It’s a bit difficult to make out, but we’re guessing this shot represents a flashback to the death of Matt’s father, Jack “The Devil” Murdock, a scene of whom was also glimpsed at Comic-Con. Not only do we see a young boy looking over someone toward the middle of the alley, but the anachronistic blues of the police uniforms and squad car would be out of place in today’s New York City.
Whereas the 2003 film created a CGI “shadow world” to illustrate Matt Murdock’s enhanced senses and “radar,” here we see what looks to be a much more subdued method of portraying Matt’s hearing. It’s hard to say if we’ll see anything more elaborate down the line, but considering the footage’s impressively grounded tone, the Netflix ‘Daredevil’ seems to subscribe to a “less is more” approach.
Karen Page, Meet Foggy Nelson
Here we see our first look at ‘True Blood’ hottie Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, clearly in some trouble to be sitting across the table from Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) in an interrogation room. Back at New York Comic-Con, Woll previewed that the character was trouble, moreso than a damsel in distress stumbling into it.
Not only do we see Karen discovering a body later, but the NYCC scenes revealed her in possession of information that makes her a target for a major criminal, facilitating her first rescue from Daredevil. The character will also find herself working (and cooking!) for Matt and Foggy, after the duo save her from the above legal damnation.
The blind will literally lead the blind, as here we see ‘The Leftovers’ star Scott Glenn as Matt Murdock’s sensei and mentor, “Stick.” Whether we’re seeing flashbacks to Matt’s training, or something more present day remains to be seen, though IGN talked to series showrunner Steven DeKnight for intel on the casting:
We spent weeks and weeks talking about Stick and who do we get and I had been saying coming into the show, I was obsessed with getting Sonny Chiba and mixing it up but that didn’t quite work out. We had mentioned in the [writers] room Scott Glenn and I don’t know why it fell by the wayside but I was watching The Leftovers and I saw him and I believe he is in his earlier 70’s and in better shape than me or anybody I know. So I suggested everybody take a look at The Leftovers and his performance and everybody was on board.
The Criminal Element
A brief moment to be certain, but also our first look at former ‘Falling Skies’ star Peter Shinkoda in the role of “Hachiro,” seemingly a criminal or gang leader. Considering the out-of-place woman in the center of the shot here, surely something sinister must be going down, right? And might that be Bob Gunton’s Leland “The Owl” Owlsley, facing away on the right?
King of Pins
We never see his face or hear his name (“We don’t say his name,” says a voice through Rosario Dawson’s door), but here marks our first look at Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, known to comic readers as the one and only Kingpin. This scene was present among those shown at New York Comic-Con, as Fisk meets future wife Vanessa (‘Man of Steel’ star Ayelet Zurer) in an art gallery.
Showrunners have previously stated that the first season of ‘Daredevil’ will be every bit as much Fisk’s rise to power as Matt’s Murdock’s, and the love story will play a strong part in Fisk’s journey. D’Onofrio has also intriguingly described the character both as “a child and a monster.”
Helloooooo Night Nurse!
Our lone shot of Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple (traditionally a ‘Luke Cage’ character) doesn’t reveal much, though the comics tell us that her “Night Nurse” role will come into play, as she patches up Matt Murdock following one of his more brutal defeats. In particular, a Comic-Con sequence showed Matt waking up in her apartment, having been found in a dumpster and nursed back to health. Temple initially fails to recognize Matt’s blindness, and cheekily points out that he needs a better outfit for crime-fighting. Speaking of which…
Multiple photos and references have kept Matt Murdock in the Frank Miller-inspired black suit, a simple and functional outfit that allows Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ to stealthily experiment with his crime-fighting. That said, this shot offers a taste of red lining in back of the costume, surely a precursor to the actual outfit to come, which has been said to resemble the comic’s “Secret War” Daredevil costume.
A Little Boom-Boom
Stuff go boom! We don’t know. That looks like Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page sitting in the background of the Murdock/Nelson apartment headquarters, seemingly enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with what appears to be Matt, but it’s hard to say. Who cares? Explosions!
Rain Down the Pain
Though we’ve seen a few shots interspersed throughout the trailer, this sequence takes place directly after Matt Murdock enters Karen’s apartment to protect her Wilson Fisk’s henchman Wesley, eventually moving the fight outside in the rain. The sequence also utilizes the minimalistic radar effects to give Matt the upper hand, though as you can see from the trailer’s final shot, he suffers quite a beating. In all likelihood, this leads into the arrival at Claire Temple’s apartment, as well.
The Big Showdown
Careful though the trailer has been to not reveal too many details, this shot looks tellingly like a first meeting between Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk, and set in the same art gallery run by Fisk’s love interest Vanessa? Who’s going to give the devil his due, we wonder?
Well, what do you think? Does Marvel’s Netflix ‘Daredevil’ look like the most exciting superhero TV series yet? What else caught your eye from the first full trailer? Stay tuned for the latest, and tell us what you want to see from Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ when all 13 episodes hit April 10 on Netflix!