Comics On Screen

ComicsVerse is proud to present the first episode of Comics On Screen, hosted by Travis Czap. Each episode of Comics On Screen will focus on the television and film exploits of one of your favorite comic characters. In this first episode, Travis discusses one of Marvel’s most well-known street level heroes- Daredevil!

A Brief History of Daredevil on Screen

Daredevil, seen in several animated forms throughout the years, first arrived on the big screen in 2003. Starring Ben Affleck as the titular hero, Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin, Colin Farrell as Bullseye, and Jennifer Garner as Elektra, the film was hoping to capitalize on the success of Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN franchise. Unfortunately, due to several issues ranging from miscasting to poor writing, the film didn’t deliver what fans were hoping for. Despite spawning a sequel movie- ELEKTRA– thoughts of continuing the franchise were quickly dismissed.

Comics On Screen

Eventually, Marvel Studios bought back the rights to the characters, and Daredevil has found a new home on Netflix. Starring Charlie Murphy as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Netflix’s DAREDEVIL has already had two seasons. During the course of those two seasons, the show has introduced Daredevil, Kingpin, Elektra, Punisher, Night Nurse, and other iconic characters. Plus, DAREDEVIL kicked off Netflix’s own corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we will soon see The Man Without Fear join forces with Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron First in Netflix’s DEFENDERS.

READ: Want to know our Daredevil essential reading list? Click Here!

This first episode revisits the 2003 movie, defending the director’s cut edition of the film, which expands the story and adds more fluid storytelling. That said, it is not without its flaws. Travis is quick to point out not only what 2003’s DAREDEVIL got wrong, but also what it got right.

What do you think? Is the director’s cut really any better? Where will DAREDEVIL season three take us?

Let us know in the comments!

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