My thoughts on Marvel’s Daredevil (Netflix)

1) The first costume — Matt Murdock’s “work in progress” — takes me back to the Dread Pirate Roberts over and over again. I keep expecting him to pop out a British accent instead of Batman’s growl. I enjoy the costume that he eventually puts together, but the pirate look . . . damn!

2) Karen Page is a terrific character because she fights so hard for what she wants and needs. She doesn’t just cry and bemoan, protest and beg — she literally fights back, picking her moment for the surprise attack, defending herself from her assailants. I dig that about her.

3) I like the use of colour in symbolism, and this show has it in loads. Hubby and son binge-watched it both together and separately last weekend (kind of racing each other to see who could finish it first!), and I slept a lot instead of watching with them, so this week I’ve been reading up on different articles before viewing it myself, and one of those articles mentioned the colours. Absolutely true, and key to the storytelling. Love it.

4) I love that this Daredevil takes place post-Phase 2 Avengers, with references to the battle in the skies above New York City, and the rebuilding of the damage caused by the invasion and the Avengers’ defence. Very cool. Expanded universes make me happy.

5) As much as I love watching a hero at work, kicking ass without taking names (and feel for the nameless minions who get taken down again and again), it’s watching the protagonist powering through psychological and physical injuries until the job gets done that really fascinates me. It’s what I love about Spider-man, and James Fraser, and Tony Stark. That being said, I’m feeling bereft of a female hero who will do all of the same things. I used to love watching Xena, and indeed, my hubby bought me season 1 recently to re-watch, but I can only watch so much of that before its campiness gets to me. Where is Elektra’s show? Why can’t we get a Wonder Woman on Netflix?

If I could afford it, I’d be all over producing something with a strong female lead. Someone like Sarah Walker on Chuck, maybe, or Zohie on Firefly, or Kate Beckett on Castle, but with fewer high heels — let’s be honest, here, folks. Heels may look awesome and powerful and I love them for that, but practically, no. If you spend all your crime-fighting time on your toes, you’re going to be crippled by bunions and blisters after a week.

So, thumbs up for Daredevil. Now, go and do the same thing but with the other gender, please. Anna Kendrick in the lead, maybe? She’s got a hell of a right hook. Or Rebel Wilson. (Been on a Pitch Perfect bender this week again — can you tell?)

il_570xN.371904658_28ucUPDATE: Okay, so a fast-reading old friend of mine has informed me that it’s happening! Elektra is coming to screen (so THAT’s what David Tennant has been up to as the Purple Man!) in AKA Jennifer Jones, plus others are lined up. This blogger is pleased. Now, about those heels, though . . .

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