Marvel's Daredevil debuted it's first footage and official photos at New York Comic Con earlier tonight, and we have a rundown of what was shown, following our debut of the images earlier today. We also have video interviews with the cast released by Marvel.
Right off the bat, it's clear that Marvel and Netflix are going with a more realistic and grounded approach, showing off a Daredevil costume inspired by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.'s seminal Daredevil: Man Without Fear. The footage presented to the crowd includes a very violent fight scene, which is a deviation from the cartoonish nature of the 2003 feature film. This, we suspect, will make some fans very happy.
The fight scene shown to the crowd at the Javits Center reportedly takes place early in the series, and doesn't emphasis Matt Murdock's Charlie Cox's powers. Instead of a stylized visual spectacle, the series seems to be relying on well-choreographed martial arts sequences. This one in particular is shrouded in the darkness of the night, and some of the violence is implied not outright shown.
There were five clips presented altogether, and they give a pretty clear indication as to where this series is heading. Deborah Ann Woll's Karen Page is featured in the first scene, which finds her trying to retrieve a USB key from her apartment. She is attacked, but Daredevil, wearing the costume we see in the photos, arrives to save the day and a hand-to-hand fight ensues, ending with Murdock and his assailant falling out a window.
Rosario Dawson has been revealed as Claire Temple, also known as Marvel's Night Nurse. She is seen in the next clip having an exchange with Matt Murdock. She has saved him from the previous fight, and brings him back to her apartment, where, being a nurse, she attends too his injuries. Matt refuses to give his name, and she ends up calling him Mike. Murdock reminds her of an old boyfriend who used to like to keep secrets.
The next scene introduces Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin, and the just announced Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna. She's an art dealer, and the two bond over a completely white painting which holds different meaning for the both of them. For Fisk, staring into the whiteness makes him feel lonely. And he seems to enjoy that.
Next, we see Karen Page serving Matt and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) a homemade dinner in thanks for what they've done. Its Foggy who alludes to the fact that Daredevil actually saved her. Karen offers to work for Foggy and Matt in exhanche for their help, thanking them for believing in her innocence.
The final clip shown was a continuation of the first fight sequence. We see what happened to Matt after falling from the window. He is knocked unconscious, and has a memory of his father encouraging to make a better life for himself. Matt's father says, "Get to Work!" And Murdock awakens in the midst of a brutal beatdown. Daredevil is able to stop his assailant by choking him with a nearby chain, retrieving the stolen USB key. Karen reappears and assures Matt that he can't trust anyone.
There was also quite a bit of info about the series released during the panel. Producer Jeph Loeb explained how the series has been shot all throughout New York City, utilizing every aspect of the environment. He also went onto reiterate that, despite what we may have heard, neither Luke Cage nor Jessica Jones have been cast yet. Though, they plan to move onto both of those series when Daredevil is completed.
It was also revealed by show runner Steven S. DeKnight that not only is the costume inspired by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.'s work, but some of the storytelling has been inspired by that as well. Their gritty tone will definitely be reflected in the show.
Vincent D'Onofrio offered more insight into his Kingpin, describing the character as both a child and a monster. Every move that he makes comes from his own strong personal foundation of morality. In the series, we'll get to see how Fisk grew into the iconic character we know from the comic books. This may be twisted just a bit, though, as Steven S. DeKnight clarifies that here are no heroes or villains.
With the series streaming all at once on Netflix, you can expected it to feel like a 13 hour movie, where the idea of a cliffhanger from episode to episode is pointless.
Finally, Jeph Loeb confirms that all of the Netflix series are taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that everything is connected. He did not reveal if we'll see characters from any of the movies, or the ABC series.
What do you think? Sound fun? We may have the footage for you before too long. Its not quite clear when it will be available to go online.