Monday, March 28, 2016

Currently Watching 3.28.16



The Devil in Hell's Kitchen


Okay, so I went back and forth about writing about Daredevil. I'm eleven episodes into the thirteen-episode season and I know my thoughts are going to change based on how things end. Luckily, I've decided that this week's blog post isn't going to be a review nearly as much as it will be my thoughts on why I think this character is amazing, original and downright inspirational. 

Matthew Murdock, aka Daredevil, is a creation of writer Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett with contributions from other artists like Jack Kirby. Created in 1964, Daredevil became a global icon, just like many superheroes from the Silver Age of comic books. Stan Lee claims inspiration from wanting to create a superhero who was also disabled. Many of his heroic creations came about this way - the Fantastic Four is a dysfunctional family, Thor was originally crippled, the Hulk had the whole Mr. Hyde complex thing, Iron Man has a bad heart and Spider-Man...well he just has a crappy life all around. Having a damaged superhero makes them more realistic for a reader. Though fifty years later this has gotten cliched and overused, this was such a big deal compared to the success of past superheroes of the Golden Age like DC's alien Superman and billionaire Batman or Marvels's Sub Mariner. 

  1. Young Matt Murdock, the son of a boxer, tragically was hit by a truck filled with radioactive waste that struck his eyes and blinded him forever. This waste, though blinding him, gave him incredible abilities - he became able to use his other four senses to their utmost peak. He could smell sweat glands from blocks away, hear the heartbeat of people all around him, taste the chemical compounds in food and feel letters on a page as easily as one reads Braille. His heightened senses gave him a type of sonar that allowed him to "see" everything around him. Still, despite his really cool powers, the fact still remained, he was blind. And he spent a majority of his life struggling to adjust. After his father is murdered for not taking a dive for a local crime boss, Matt is left alone in the world with his father's dying wish - that he will become a lawyer, which he does. But after being trained in mixed martial arts to hone in his abilities, he decides to also become a costumed crime fighter to protect his home city, Hell's Kitchen. 

THIS origin is what season one of the Netflix show, Daredevil, did so well. There's a lot to cover and a lot of themes to hit, and I felt like they made Matt's story personal, as well as the conflict. Also, Charlie Cox who plays Matt Murdock did a great job playing someone who was blind and struggled with the things that a normal blind person would. When Daredevil was first published in the 60's, the blind community was overjoyed to have a hero they personally could relate to. It was the first comic to become nationally produced in Braille. He produced so much hope. The fact that his story is rooted in the protection of his city, and that he is blind, are both so important. What's bothering me about this season is that these two things aren't nearly as present. In an effort to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe through this show, and appease fan boys, the show is losing some of its crucial elements. That all said, I like Elektra, I LOVE the Punisher, and I appreciate the cinematography provided by the budget. 

Stay golden everybody,
Mike

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