Marvel’s Daredevil Battles the 1 Percent (SPRING PREVIEW)

Marvel's Daredevil
Marvel's Daredevil

Matt Murdock may not appear to be superhero material–he’s blind, has no extraordinary powers, and suffers from a crippling case of Catholic guilt. Oh, and he also has a day job as an attorney. Played by Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire), the nocturnal crime fighter of Marvel’s Daredevil rarely even ventures beyond his own Manhattan neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen. But there’s plenty to keep him busy right there.

“Matt isn’t dealing with alien invasions or supervillains who are trying to conquer the world,” says showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus). “He’s out to preserve justice in Hell’s Kitchen, which he loves dearly and considers his home. Basically, he’s Batman without the money.”

Matt does have heightened senses due to his blindness–the result of a childhood accident–and he’ll rely on them to battle Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), a rising mobster and “one of those 1 percenters who has grand ideas for a better future,” DeKnight says. “The little guy doesn’t matter to Fisk. If people get hurt, he considers it collateral damage.” But Matt and Fisk aren’t black-and-white foes. “Listen to Fisk and you’ll find that he makes some extremely good points,” DeKnight says. “And there are times when Matt goes too far to battle crime. He’s a hero who easily goes off the rails.”

DeKnight promises Daredevil will push the Marvel envelope. “It’s more adult in terms of violence and language than the company’s other TV and film projects,” he says. “And, while it’s not sexually graphic, it’s most definitely sensual.”

Marvel’s Daredevil, Premieres Friday, April 10, Netflix