Before Jessica Jones commandeered the discussion with aplomb, it was New York’s spry lawyer-vigilante combo, Daredevil, that stood as a figurehead for a different kind of Marvel adaptation. The new Season 2 images from Daredevil’s imminent return on March 18 are meant as moody promotional shots laying out the premise - What if justice punched you directly in the face? - but in teasing several new characters it’s already taking advantage of that Netflix-ready format. If Marvel was rolling out The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Elodie Yung) as foils for a new movie instead, you’d already be cringing about clutter. Heck, even when it was just Elektra in a movie it was impossible to watch.
You’ve likely already seen suggestions of Daredevil Season 2 being a serialized shot across the bow of DC’s Batman v Superman, barreling into theaters in the same week, but it’s more useful to think of it as a light duel between mediums (and it goes without saying that it’ll be easy to watch both). Is a whirlwind of angry capes the better way to settle seething superhero disagreement, or is it better to get down on the pavement for a few hours and watch Daredevil and The Punisher bash out their philosophies with chains and garbage can lids?
The answer is: Whichever has the line “We’re not so different, you and I,” loses.
Daredevil Season 2 hits Netflix on March 18 with Charlie Cox and Deborah Ann Woll returning. Rosario Dawson will also return to bind various Marvel shows I mean the hero's wounds.
[Update: Daredevil Season 2 starts on March 18, not March 25 as this piece stated previously.]