The First Reviews for Marvel's Daredevil Are Almost Too Good

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 - 12:14PM
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 - 12:14PM
The First Reviews for Marvel's Daredevil Are Almost Too Good
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The first reviews for Daredevil are out, and there's good news and bad news. Good news: they're all raves. Every single one of them. Bad news: the reviews are almost too good, and therefore boring to read. Bad shows make for much funnier and more interesting reviews, but since Daredevil is apparently really good, everyone is basically saying the same thing. Luckily, we've rounded it up so you don't have to sift through the same review ten times.

By all accounts, Daredevil is a wildly successful tonal departure from Marvel's other outings, one that is much darker and more grounded than any of the films but still manages to throw in some of Marvel's trademark humor. It's less winky than an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or a Gotham and has more freedom to be realistically violent than Arrow. The performances are all pitch-perfect, especially from star Charlie Cox and standout Vincent D'Onofrio. It's really good, let's just say that.

Here are some of the highlights from the first reviews:

It's not only darker than the movies, but possibly better

"One thing that is easily found in the source material that we don't see in the movies are the normal people, the neighborhoods, and the rest of the world. Enter 'Marvel's Daredevil,' the first of five planned Netflix shows, which provides the exact storytelling boost that the MCU needed." - SuperHeroHype

"Daredevil's specificity feels much more intimate and nuanced than its big-screen counterparts... It's everything Nolan's Batman never had time to explore, everything Arrow wants to be without network boundaries, and exactly the street-level drama Marvel needs to complete its superhero world." - Screencrush

"Daredevil gets as dark as the source material requires. It's so dark, it's almost a better Batman show than Gotham, and that show actually has Batman in it." The Observer

"Tonally and aesthetically, the show is far darker and different than anything that Marvel has produced thus far– but in exploring a new color, Marvel has just found yet another corner of the comic book world to dominate." - CinemaBlend


"Daredevil can be brutal. You'll see arms getting broken, people getting stabbed and decapitated, bad guys getting tortured and a good amount of blood. A lot of that blood belongs to Daredevil himself. Unlike a lot of other Marvel heroes, Matt Murdock takes a beating. To be sure, he's an incredibly skilled fighter but he can and does get hurt. It gives this series a touch of realism that's absent from many Marvel franchises."Colorado Springs Gazette

"The violence level in Daredevil reflects the nature of the story. This isn't a big cartoon, so the punches are felt, the blood flows, and sometimes body parts are severed. In no way is it like a 'Saw' movie, but there's gore not found in any other Marvel production." - SuperHeroHype

"To put it mildly... at least several dramatic visuals afforded by Netflix's relaxed standards would never, ever make it into Marvel's Disney-fied PG-13 cash cows." - Screencrush

Charlie Cox is no Ben Affleck

Charlie Cox as Daredevil/Matt Murdock is impressive. The Brit is probably unknown to most but he has a subtle charisma that makes him enjoyable to watch. He plays an eloquent lawyer and a fierce vigilante equally well." - Colorado Springs Gazette

"Charlie Cox takes on the role of the man without fear and leads the cast with the perfect blend of wit, charm, humor, and grit that make Matt Murdock live on the pages of comics." - SuperHeroHype

"Cox brings the necessary mix of grit and Marvel-esque self-doubts to the dual role." - Variety

Move over, Loki, because Wilson Fisk is taking over

"Fisk is the most terrifying villain to come out of the MCU, bar none. He's ruthless, cunning, and deranged to a level that no villain within a two-hour movie can achieve." - SuperHeroHype

"Marvel fans espousing Loki as the movie empire's sole successful villain will eat an Infinity Stone at the unveiling of Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk, every bit the timid child and terrible monster D'Onofrio says in interviews." - Screencrush

"As lead antagonist Wilson Fisk a.k.a. The Kingpin, Vincent D'onofrio puts on a wonderfully affectatious performance that shows a skilled balance between weakness and strength." - CinemaBlend

But really, everyone is great

"All the cast members of 'Marvel's Daredevil' bring their A game and there's not a weak link in the bunch, from Elden Henson's hilarious portrayal of Foggy Nelson to the damaged Karen Page as brought to life by Deborah Ann Woll. Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich provide an even deeper root into this 'Real world' of the Marvel universe, and elevate the story around them." - SuperHeroHype

"Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll, and Vincent D'Onofrio all stand out and are well cast. Elden Henson as Matt Murdock's law partner adds humor and takes some of the edge off at just the right times." - Colorado Springs Gazette

For all you shippers out there, Fisk and Vanessa are an unexpected highlight

"You don't cast someone as talented as Ayelet Zurer without giving her something great to do. But I honestly didn't expect to be as enraptured with the two of them as I am; so far they have exceptional, twisted, compelling chemistry." - MTV

"[Fisk] astoundingly drips with as much innocence as terrifying conviction in his courtship of art dealer Vanessa." - SuperHeroHype

The first season of Marvel's Daredevil starts streaming on Netflix on April 10, and apparently you don't want to miss it.
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