I binge watch TV on Netflix, I faithfully follow programs on Sunday, and my gluttonous ways are going to continue! I don’t know about you, but I am excited about Daredevil on Netflix and The Walking Dead, or rather Fear the Walking Dead coming to AMC, and I am not sorry!
Let’s talk Daredevil. Netflix and Marvel decided to throw their collective hat into the streaming service ring with the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. They’ve teamed up for four individual TV shows (Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Daredevil) and a Defenders miniseries. Daredevil is slated to premiere on April 10 with all 13 episodes. There have been a few trailers, teasers, and a motion video poster!
The two trailers that I have seen have been incredible! The first has Matt Murdock in a confessional talking about morality scattered with intermittent scenes of himself as a lawyer, then bruised, gangs, drugs, murders, and The Kingpin. It then launches with fragmented scenes of him in his black suit kicking ass, gun shots, action, then picking himself off the street, bloodied…ending with “I’m just trying to make my city a better place.” Whew….
The second has Wilson Fisk..The Kingpin (played by the awesome Vincent D’Onofrio) in a monologue almost echoing Murdock’s confession, “making my city a better place”. It makes one question who is good, who is evil? What is the price for stepping out of those boundaries? It continues showing more of Murdock in action, Stick (his trainer and mentor) makes an appearance, more dark and grittiness.
I’m not going to talk about or compare it to the movie that came out a few years ago, instead I’m going to compare it to the feeling I had reading Daredevil: Yellow by Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb. That series nailed Murdock as a person and as a hero because it followed him through the tragedy of losing his father, his training, his love for Karen Page, the measure of his character…as a man who wanted to do right to make Hell’s Kitchen a place people would be proud to live in!
Also, Daredevil: The Man Without Fear by Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr. This take showed that Murdock had every right, every motive, and every reason to be a villain, but through his motivation to protect the innocent and to do good, instead chose to be a hero. April cannot get here soon enough!
Onto Fear the Walking Dead
I’m an avid comic book collector and I have known and read about the existence of The Walking Dead for the past ten plus years! I didn’t collect it at the beginning because many other fans would tell me, “It’s depressing as hell!” or, “Dude, everybody freaking dies!” Well, crap! I read a few, up until the prison, and I couldn’t put it down. Then AMC announced it as a series…FREAKING LOVED IT!!! Every Sunday . . . it is my religion. I sit at my sofa, chalice in hand, snacks and everything goes silent as it comes on. I have withdrawals when it’s on hiatus and I find myself re-watching them on Netflix and on AMC when they have those infernal marathons! I’m hooked, I’m an addict, and I’ve gotten so many people on this bandwagon that I think of myself as the High Priest of Walkers. Well, a companion series has been announced and Fear the Walking Dead is coming this summer. BOOM! I am as happy as a walker in horse entrails!
According to recent reports and to pilot scripts being leaked, this series takes place right after the disaster (a prequel of sorts) strikes in Los Angeles and it follows two families as all hell breaks loose. The first season will be comprised of six episodes and the second season has already been green lit! So many questions–What caused this zombie apocalypse? How did it spread so fast? Will this series crossover to meet the Rick-tatorship? This is all new and has no source material from the comics, other than the zombies. But all that aside, we, as an audience, get to see another part of this expanding universe that Robert Kirkman created. New characters, new adventures, problems and dilemmas..the evolution of said characters. According to Access Hollywood….The first promo will air during the 90 minute season finale!! I’m in!!! And this summer cannot get here soon enough!
Great stuff ahead!! It’s a good time to be a comic fan and I am not at all sorry!! Bring on the Hail Mary’s!