Release Date: March 18, 2016
Length: 13 hour-long episodes (plus 13 hour-long episodes in Season 1)
Rating: TV-MA for violence, language, sexual content
A New York attorney who was blinded by radioactive material as a child and gifted with super-heightened radar senses. He now uses his abilities to keep the streets of Hell’s Kitchen safe from crime.
Created By: Stan Lee and Bill Everett
Previous Live Action Incarnations: Rex Smith in The Trial of The Incredible Hulk (1989); Ben Affleck in Daredevil (2003)
First Comic Book Appearance:Daredevil #1, April 1964.
Played By: Charlie Cox
Murdock’s college friend and current law partner.
Played By: Elden Henson
A former client of Nelson and Murdock who now works as their secretary.
Played By: Deborah Ann Woll
A Metro General Hospital nurse who was romantically involved with Murdock. Has a habit of showing up in every single Marvel Netflix series.
Played By: Rosario Dawson
Murdock’s mysterious childhood mentor and a blind martial arts expert.
Played By: Scott Glenn
An engineer who designed Daredevil’s body armor. Known as “Gladiator” in the comics. Played By: Matt Gerald
MAYBE ALSO RETURNING
A wealthy businessman who committed terrible crimes to control Hell’s Kitchen. Known as “Kingpin” in the comics. Currently in prison… as far as we know.
Played by: Vincent D’Onofrio
An art dealer who fled New York when her fiancé, Fisk, was arrested. Whereabouts unknown.
Played by: Ayelet Zurer
PROBABLY NOT RETURNING, BUT STILL IMPORTANT
Wilson Fisk’s right-hand man. Killed by Karen Page, unbeknownst to everyone.
Played by: Toby Leonard Moore
An award-winning investigative reporter for the New York Bulletin. Killed by Wilson Fisk.
Played By: Vondie Curtis Hall
AKA The Punisher
A former Marine Corps captain whose wife and children were murdered by the Mafia. Since then he’s devoted his life to destroying organized crime by any means necessary.
Created By: Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and John Romita Sr.
First Comic Book Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #129, February 1974
Previous Live Action Incarnations: Dolph Lundgren in The Punisher (1989); Thomas Jane in The Punisher (2004); Ray Stevenson in Punisher: War Zone (2008);
Played by: Jon Bernthal
Natchios Matt Murdock’s college girlfriend. After her father’s death (in the comics, at least) she became a bounty hunter and assassin for the Hand, a powerful organization of evil, mystical ninjas.
Created By: Frank Miller
First Comic Book Appearance: Daredevil #168, 1981
Previous Live Action Incarnations: Jennifer Garner in Daredevil (2003) and Elektra (2005) Played By: Elodie Yung
BEHIND THE CAMERA
Series Creator: Drew Goddard, best known for writing the screenplay for The Martian and directing Cabin in the Woods. He left Daredevil in a showrunning capacity to direct Sinister Six for Sony, but remains an executive producer.
Season 1 Showrunner: Steven S. Deknight, also the executive producer for Spartacus: War of the Damned and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. He left Daredevil to be a part of the Transformers writing room, and is currently attached to direct Pacific Rim 2.
Season 2 Showrunners: Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, both writers for the first season of Daredevil.
Known Season 2 Directors: Phil Abraham (Episodes 1 and 2), Marc Jobst (Episode 3), Andy Goddard (Episode 6), and Peter Hoar (Episodes 4, 10 and 13)
Stunt Coordinator: Philip J Silvera, who also worked on Deadpool and Thor: The Dark World.
TRAILERS AND TEASERS
New York Comic Con Sizzle Reel, October 2015
Coming Soon Teaser, January 2016
Trailer Part 1, February 2016
Trailer Part 2, February 2016
Suiting Up Teaser, March 2016
Final Trailer, March 2016
SEASON 1: THE HIGHLIGHTS
Karen Page is framed for murder when she accidentally uncovers an embezzlement scheme at Union Allied, the construction company she works for. Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock take her on as a client and get the case thrown out. Later, Murdock, while wearing a black mask and costume, saves Page from an assassin lurking in her apartment.
At night, Murdock attempts to take on the organized crime syndicates of Hell’s Kitchen single-handedly. Claire Temple finds him injured in a dumpster and stitches up his wounds. The two pursue a physical relationship, but the romance is short-lived as Claire is unable to deal with Murdock’s vigilante lifestyle.
Murdock believes there is a connection between Union Allied and the criminals he’s fighting on his off-hours. He discovers a name—Wilson Fisk—but can’t find any public record of the elusive businessman. Meanwhile, Page turns to Ben Urich, a reporter at the New York Bulletin, with the story of the scandal.
Fisk doesn’t want a vigilante—whom he calls the “Man in Black” and the press calls “The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen”—interfering with his plans. Vanessa Marianna convinces him to go public as a philanthropist, which makes it more difficult for Nelson, Murdock and Urich to go after him for his crimes.
In the midst of all this, Stick comes to town and enlists Murdock’s help in killing a Japanese weapon he calls “Black Sky,” which has been brought to New York by the Yakuza. When the “weapon” turns out to be a young boy, Murdock refuses and Stick disappears.
Murdock uncovers more evidence of illegal activity in Hell’s Kitchen, but still can’t pin it to Fisk in a court of law. During their own investigation, Page and Urich find Fisk’s mother hidden in a nursing home; she admits that Fisk killed his own abusive father as a child. To protect Fisk, James Wesley goes after after Page, who shoots him dead. Fisk also learns of Urich’s investigation (though not of Page’s involvement, as far as we know) and kills the reporter himself. Nelson finds out about Murdock’s double life and demands to know the truth about his friend, who tells him everything.
Nelson and Murdock manage to get a corrupt detective working for Fisk to testify against his employer. Fisk is arrested by the FBI and briefly escapes custody but is taken down by Murdock, now wearing an armored, horned costume created for him by Melvin Potter. The press gives the Devil Of Hell’s Kitchen a new name: Daredevil.
SEASON 2: OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
"Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell's Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame—Elektra Natchios.
"Bigger problems emerge when Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as The Punisher, a man who takes justice into his own hands in Matt's neighborhood. Meanwhile, Matt must balance his duty to his community as a lawyer and his dangerous life as the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, facing a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero."
SEASON 2 SELECTED PRODUCTION DETAILS
April 6, 2015: The first season of Daredevil hits Netflix to much critical acclaim, particularly for D’Onofio’s performance as Wilson Fisk.
April 21, 2015: Netflix greenlights a second season of Daredevil, to air sometime in spring 2016. Steven S. DeKnight steps down as showrunner, to be replaced by Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez.
April 28, 2015: Variety estimates that the first season of Daredevil received 4.4 million viewers in its first 11 days of availability.
June 9, 2015: Jon Bernthal is announced as The Punisher.
July 6, 2015: The second season of Daredevil begins filming in New York City.
July 7, 2015: Elodie Yung is announced as Elektra.
October 10, 2015: Daredevil heads to New York Comic Con to bring us our very first glimpse of the new cast members.
February 2016: Rumors swirl that Marvel is considering a Punisher spin-off in the wake of Bernthal’s performance, which Marvel Executive Jeph Loeb attempts to downplay.
March 11, 2016: The second season of Daredevil gets a star-studded premiere in New York City.
SEASON 2 REVIEWS
“After a mostly top-notch debut on Netflix, Marvel’s Man Without Fear begins season two on an uneven note. [...] Stick with it, though, and the show blossoms, featuring a few terrific action sequences while introducing into this grim world seminal characters the Punisher and Elektra – both mostly victimized by earlier feature adaptations. So far, the Marvel/Netflix collaboration has brought a nifty dimension to both parties.” -- Brian Lowry, Variety
“The Daredevil costume continues to evolve, and only for the better, as far as I’m concerned. There are some great fight scenes that are fun to watch even when they’re quite clearly trying to top things that were done in season one.” -- Dan Van Winkle, The Mary Sue
“It shouldn’t present any surprise that Jon Bernthal utterly kills (murders, blows away, etc.) it in the role, turning on a dime from terrifying to relatable, and underscoring the comic Punisher’s scowling machismo with a sense of terrible burden.” -- Kevin Fitzpatrick, Screencrush
“Elodie Yung’s Elektra Natchios is the character to watch, though. The mysterious woman from Matt’s past is not only clever and cold, but every bit the physical match for Daredevil, as well as everyone else she crosses paths with.” -- Mike Cecchini, Den Of Geek
SUGGESTED COMIC BOOK READING
Daredevil: Man Without Fear
Originally Published: 1993
Created By: Frank Miller, John Romita Jr.
Notable For: A fairly straightforward update of Matt Murdock’s origin story, told in the gritty film-noir style that now defines Daredevil. Perfect for newcomers who want to skip over the first season, or as a refresher for fans.
Collected In: Daredevil: Man Without Fear
Daredevil #168 - #182
Originally Published: January 1981 to May 1982
Created By: Frank Miller, Klaus Jenson
Notable for: Comic book readers were first introduced to Elektra, as well as the Hand, the mystical ninja order she works for.
Collected in: Daredevil Visionaries, Frank Miller Volume 2
Daredevil #183 - #191
Originally Published: June 1982 to February 1983
Created By: Frank Miller, Klaus Jenson
Notable For: Daredevil clashes with The Punisher for the first time and enlists the help of Black Widow -- yes, that Black Widow -- in finally defeating the Hand.
Collected in: Daredevil Visionaries, Frank Miller Volume 3
The Punisher #1 - #12
Originally Published: April 2000 to March 2001
Created By: Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon
Notable For: One of the most definitive Punisher storylines, which inspired several of the movie adaptations -- and features Daredevil in a way that should look familiar to you if you’ve seen all the promotional season 2 images.
Collected In: The Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank
Daredevil Vs. Punisher #1 - #6
Originally Published: September 2005 to January 2006
Created By: David Lapham
Notable For: Daredevil and Punisher butt heads when they end up going after the same crime lord. Also the name by which Daredevil’s showrunners have described their second season in the press.
Collected In: Daredevil Vs Punisher: Means & Ends
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Iron Fist, developed by Scott Buck and starring Finn Jones as Danny Rand, will most likely debut sometime in 2017.
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The second season of Jessica Jones, starring Krysten Ritter as the titular Jessica, was announced on January 17, 2016 during a Television Critics Association press event. Melissa Rosenberg will also return as showrunner.
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