12 years after The Man Without Fear debuted on the silver screen, fans will get a much different version of Daredevil with Marvel and Netflix's new TV series, debuting on April 10. Earlier this week, we saw a new look at the costume Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) will be wearing, which is much different than his iconic superhero suit from the comic books. Many fans have been wondering if we'll ever see this version of Daredevil don the traditional red outfit with the horns, and today we may have our answer. Empire Magazine spoke with the show's costume designer Stephanie Maslansky, who teased the costume's "evolution."
"In the end, somebody else [in the story] makes his Daredevil costume. What's really exciting is the evolution of it, and how he comes to have it made."
As for the outfit we have seen in the previously released photos, Stephanie Maslansky reveals it was made from, "practical sports and military wear, restitching garments from companies like McDavid, CAT, and G-Star," which are all items that Matt Murdock could "go out and find himself." Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight wouldn't reveal any specifics about if or when we'll see the red costume, but he did state that the black costume was taken from Frank Miller's The Man Without Fear.
"Without giving too much away, this show is Matt learning to be a hero. He starts in that first iteration of the Daredevil outfit which is taken very much from Frank Miller and The Man Without Fear. But I always questioned [the main costume]. I mean, one, he's blind. Did he stitch it together himself? How did he manage all that? So, actually getting him to that point I thought was really interesting."
The showrunner seems to be teasing that we will see the red costume eventually, but it won't happen right away. Perhaps the end of Season 1 will show Matt finally emerging in his trademark superhero suit, which would then carry over to The Defenders miniseries. Steven S. DeKnight added that, while Netflix doesn't have the same restrictions as broadcast networks, in terms of violence, the show won't quite be R-rated.
"Netflix, of course, they don't have a problem with pushing it. I mean, they go anywhere from G to NC-17. But the Marvel brand, that's a little different.They're obviously not comfortable going that far with it, though they've allowed us to push it much further than you've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since starting with Iron Man. It is much more geared towards adults. We call it PG-16. We don't quite get to R, but we kiss right up to it."