I can’t express to you enough how much love I have for Marvel’s Daredevil.
First of all, before knowing too much about Daredevil, one can already derive an important truth: We take a lot of things for granted.
Perhaps the first thing people ever learn about Daredevil is that he is blind. Imagine waking up one day and not being able to see ANYTHING. Most people don’t think twice about thier 5 senses, simply because we’ve had them our entire lives.
Random Douche-face: Durrr but he’s got the sonar vision, he can still see DURRR.
Okay okay…well imagine not being able to see colors. Matt Murdock (DD) was not born blind. He was blinded as a young boy. This means that he was able to see colors at one point, and then had that gift stripped away from him. That sucks even more than being born blind. People who have been born blind cannot fully understand how crappy being blind is because they have never experienced sight. Similar to how a person would never fully understand “sour” if they never tasted “sweet.”
Now lets dig a little deeper into Matt’s life. We will eventually find out that he lost his father to a crime lord. Having a father is another thing many people may take for granted. Now, this is a bit more touchy than blindness because not having a father is much more common. I, personally, would do anything to have met my father. The thought of meeting him one day is one of the reasons the concept of “heaven” is so attractive to me.
Anyways, so he’s blind and parentless. I can picture a child saying “Wow! It must suck balls being Daredevil.” Rarely do you find a superhero that children would not want to be like.
So what else do I love about Daredevil? :O
I love his side-job. Let me first display some side-jobs that heroes hold:
Spider-Man: Photographer for a lame newpaper.
Superman: Works as a newspaper reporter.
Batman: Douche billionaire.
Iron-Man: Douche billionaire.
Whats my point? Daredevil has one of the most honorable side-jobs. As much as people may hate lawyers, Matt Murdock only works with the honest and innocent (He can sense liars by listening to their heartbeats). If he ultimately cannot help his client and a “bad guy” gets away, Daredevil makes sure he pays for his crimes.
Daredevil is the bee’s knees. Here’s my favorite picture of him. I believe that visual interpretations are just as important as written ones.
If you look at his costume, it’s heavily influenced by what boxers usually wear (the gloves, shorts, and boots). In the original Daredevil comic, Matt Murdock fashions his costume out of his father’s old boxing robes. After seeing his costume, you might shift your eyes to the gargoyles he’s standing by. These are an allusion to his Catholicism, which is a huge force in his life. Gargoyles are often used as a representation of evil. Their purpose is that of a warning: come to church, evil is near. The devil is also a representation of evil. Daredevil wears this symbol to deter crime in Hell’s Kitchen.
Nerdy & Pervy Chef (a Tumblr buddy of mine) also pointed out that the two stone figures to the upper right are Stick, his blind mentor who taught him how to fight and hone his skills, and Elektra, his former lover and master assassin.
http://nerdy-pervy-chef.tumblr.com/ (+18 Content)
Sorry for boring all of you, just felt the need to pay homage to one of my favorite heroes.
Well said Dogpool. Daredevil rocks :D
I often wonder if the film ever even had a snowball’s chance of being good. Not because “Books are always better” but because Watchmen is in its medium. You’re just copying it. There is no twist, no way to “cover it.” The Watchmen is not a movie, but a “stilly” using all cinematic styles and leaving the in between movement to the brain. To change that is to undermine the work. I stand firmly with Alan Moore. His works are adapted in a haphazard fashion and always fail to even see the bar let alone match it.
Furthermore this may be my issue with comic adaptations in general. So few understand the source material and the source MEDIUM. Don’t adapt a comic book unless you know comics in an intimate way.
So let’s start with the premise: An alternate world where Superman is the poster child of communism and second in line to the original “Man of Steel” Joseph Stalin.
In an image:
While it delivers really well on some ideas posing questions about both the nature of communism/capitalism and the dangers of binary thinking both during the Cold War and following it in our own time I think it undermined a great deal of it’s own power by having the entire story exist within *SPOILERS* a chronological loop via the age old “time travel” plot device.
The use of the Bottle of Kandor (or Stalingrad as it played out in this alternate world) as an allegory for the pros of an all seeing nanny state at the cost of any true freedom or autonomy was played successfully, but the foreshadowing and the manner in which it was executed I found to be a tad too predictable.
The inclusion of America’s historical pop culture elite via Dwight D. Eisenhower, JFK, Richard Nixon, etc. was done fairly well in a way that highlights some of the flaws of American ideology. The story also sought to illuminate the point that putting emphasis on either a “communist” or “capitalist” solution instead of realizing that innovation will only come through a mutual understanding of such extremes and blending them into a new system that serves the people more effectively.
Of course it wouldn’t be a “super book” without some other DC icons popping up a la “anti-commie anarchist” Batman, War Hero Hal Jordan in Green Lantern regalia, and a severely Super Matriarchal Wonder Woman, as well as the Arch Rival to Superman, the expected appearance of Lex Luthor playing his typical ego-maniacal self. Though his motives are highly questionable his character played out well appearing at times to be more of the protagonist than Superman himself. (Think Satan in Paradise Lost)
In the intro, film producer Tom DeSanto promises a book that uses the cinematic style of comic books quite well and I’ll give two thumbs up to that. The art team on the project put brilliant use to film style storyboards and the colors/use of propaganda style art (on top of alt universe costumes) are far and away my favorite part of the book.
All in all the book raises interesting ideas that could have used more nuance and less rush, though at times I will say the rush adds to the “impending doom feel” that many people felt about the Cold War and in our own time as well. It doesn’t live up to masterpieces like the quintessential in alternate realities/Cold War-scapes Watchmen, but I’d score Red Son around 3.8/5 for its work.