Fans of the Netflix series Daredevil got a nice post-holiday season surprise, as the show’s second season will likely appear on the streaming service before anyone initially thought.
Comicbook.com noted in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly that the magazine mentions that the second series will come out in March, less than a year after the first season debuted to rave reviews. Both Marvel and Netflix declined to comment, but the Internet is already jumping with joy at the show’s quick return. Netflix produced 13 episodes of the show and put them on their service last April. The series got great reviews, scoring an 8.8 out of 10 from reviewers on IMDb.com and a 9.3 out of 10 from the folks at TV.com. It also received an Emmy nomination for special visual effects and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for outstanding group action sequence.
This is a far cry from the 2003 Ben Affleck movie that only received a 44 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com with its spin-off, Elektra, receiving a laughable 10 percent from the same aggregating site. Affleck’s Daredevil struggled, in part, because of its cookie-cutter approach to the superhero original story. The story’s narrative arc fell mostly flat, failing to capture viewers in a way, say, the Spider-Man movies with Tobey Maguire did so well. With so many superhero movies coming out at that time, Daredevil failed to stand up to the others.
That, of course, was not the end of the “Daredevil” character. The story of a blind lawyer-turned-vigilante spoke well to people, and he remained incredibly popular. And if you need any proof, look no further than the fact that he has his own casino-style game alongside the likes of Captain American and Iron Man, as indicated by Gambling.com. The best part about that, though, is that the game makes no mention of the horrible Affleck movies and instead shows love to the comics, which continue to do well. The series released three new volumes between when the Ben Affleck movie was released and this past December.
It’s obvious people still want more from the character and the Netflix series delivers on that. With 13 hour-long episodes, the show is able to go places the movie could not. According to the aforementioned “Entertainment Weekly” story, the Netflix series is supposed to get grittier in the second season. From the story’s subhead: “If you think Matt Murdock had it hard last season, just wait until you see what – and who – the new showrunners have in store for him next.”
Some shows with deeper subtext benefit more from being in the television format. The best example might be Friday Night Lights, a premise taken from a book of the same name that failed several times as a movie. The show needed more space to explore different subjects in order to give a full view of the story. While the premise is different than Daredevil, it appears that formula might be working. It also helps sometimes in stories like this if the main actor is not incredibly well known. Charlie Cox, who plays the titular character, obviously is not as famous as Affleck, helping viewers suspend disbelief as they want the show.
Daredevil was the first of three Marvel series on Netflix. Jessica Jones premiered in November, also to critical acclaim, and Luke Cage is expected out later this year as well.