Daredevil Season 3: The Hype and a Darker Matt Murdock Back In Black
Daredevil Recap: What We Know So Far
It’s been about two years since we’ve last seen Matt Murdock deliver some vigilante justice out in the streets and rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil in his solo series on Netflix. Taking on The Punisher in Season 2, who had his own critically acclaimed debut solo on the aforementioned site, managing his complicated relationship with Elektra, and fighting off those pesky cult ninjas of The Hand; the blind lawyer went on to defend New York with the rest of Marvel Netflix’s superheroes—Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist—in Marvel Netflix’s team-up collaboration show, The Defenders. The official announcement for Daredevil’s Season 3 came as no surprise, though was still filled with the same exuberance fans have come to expect of the streaming service’s popular character in a well received teaser trailer. A New York subway sign showing Hell’s Kitchen as the destination followed by the numbers 1, 2, and 3, with the latter being covered in blood after a brief second of the lights cutting out and sounds of fighting in the background. This teaser can be found on the Official Daredevil’s Twitter Media Account on the link below:
As mentioned above, Daredevil came back to fight alongside the other three Defenders against The Hand and its leaders in a culmination of a story arc that tied in all 4 of their respective series. The result was Matt Murdock’s supposed demise after a fight with Elektra at the end of the eight-episode series. However, this was not the end, as we saw at the end of the final episode Matt was seen heavily battered and beaten, barely alive, on a bed in what appeared to be a Catholic Nun’s convent. That scene was almost a straight-outta-the-comics adaptation of the “Born Again” storyline made famous by writer Frank Miller and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli.
There was another teaser by the same official Daredevil account on Twitter further confirming Matt’s return. In this teaser, it shows a supposed visual eulogy in remembrance of Matt both in print and in braille (Oh, the irony of the social medium).
The short clip above, with an almost “just brush it off” attitude captioned, “I’m fine” with the eulogy stating,
In Loving Memory of Matthew Murdock
“Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain, is the righteous man who gives way before the wicked.” — Proverbs 25:26
Going Into Season 3: Identity, Faith, and Fisk
Now in its third season, Charlie Cox is back to reprise his role as the title character. Or is he?
Sort of, as we see a very different Matthew Murdock. The third season’s showrunner, Erik Oleson, takes a different approach to Daredevil, and this time around it appears that this season is going to be much darker, broodier, and will take on a more in-depth look at each of the main characters on the show, going so far as describing Matt as “[starting] the season broken physically, broken emotionally, and broken spiritually.” (via EW.com)
The two following trailers show an obvious shift in the show’s tonality in comparison to the first two seasons. In the teaser trailer, we see Matt in his lawyer suit standing with blood on his head and his suit lamenting over the existence of evil, his internal monologue solemnly contemplating evil and the“one true way to end evil. To finish it off for good” before a quick shift in appearance and a different voice uttering “Let the devil out.” It includes thourhgout clips of him going back into the black outfit, reminiscent of Season 1 prior to getting the infamous red tactical suit, but with a much darker feel.
In a second trailer, we see Matt wearing the black outfit, bloody, in the confessional booth, but with a mindset that is drastically different to what it once was as he states,
“I once believed that justice could be found in a court of law, and in the light of day. But I was fooling myself. Darkness only responds to darkness. And the truth is…I’d rather die as the devil than live as Matt Murdock.”
Whoa there, Matt! It appears that after the events of the Defenders, Matthew might have had some kind of existentialism crisis between his double life as both lawyer and vigilante and how that relates to dealing out his brand of justice. Matt may also have a big issue surrounding his faith and, to some extent, the moral implications of his character. It’s very interesting that we see this different part of Matt.
Even the Daredevil and Marvel social media channels have even implied the significance of Matt’s religion, (he’s Catholic by the way) by having the replies to fans and posts quoting different verses from the bible. Whether or not this new season will include aspects of the “Born Again” run of the infamous graphic novel, it is worth noting that the title of that comic book run refers to a real life aspect where a person will redefine themselves and their identity mainly through some kind of faith and religion. Season 3 may similarly redefine Matt, especially after we’ve seen what happened at the end of The Defenders and how his relationships with the law, Foggy, and Karen Page have evolved since Season 1. So this season may actually see a personification of The Punisher’s words from Season 2 when Frank Castle said, “You’re just one bad day from being me.”
In the third season, Vincent D’Onofrio returns and reprises his role as fan favorite villain, Wilson Fisk, known more famously in the comics as Kingpin. When we last saw Wilson Fisk in Daredevil Season 2, he was in jail as a result of Daredevil foiling his plans to try and supposedly “rebuild” Hell’s Kitchen. However, as the ever cunning manipulator, Fisk has the guards at the prison in his pockets, and he has vowed vengeance against Daredevil for putting him in jail and separating him from his love interest, Vanessa Marianna (played by Ayelet Zurer). In the following teaser, Fisk appears more menacing than ever and, in contrast, has his own “Born Again” moment clearly intended to mirror Daredevil’s own teaser.
There is no doubt that there will be a huge battle between Daredevil and Fisk, but we are strung along with even more teases that continue to show how almost violently these two mirror each other, how incredibly similar yet drastically different they are as characters. Yet another teaser comes out hitting this home even more, with Daredevil burning his past life and Fisk returning to power with the donning of his iconic suit
Cast additions and possibly Bullseye?
In one of this upcoming season’s castings, and a very curious one at that, the addition of Wilson Bethel (Of CW’s “Hart and Dixie”) will be adding a very interesting development in the show.
Announced last year in an article by Variety, Bethel will be playing “a psychologically tortured FBI sharpshooter” according to Oleson and “could teeter towards good or towards evil, depending on who is manipulating or inspiring him.” One of the most notable Daredevil characters that fans have been clamoring for is Bullseye.
Now, we all know that Marvel loves to keep things tight-lipped when it comes to reveals, but there have been conflicting speculations revolving around Bethel’s character. Based upon the character’s description, some of that speculation leads to Bethel playing a character named Sin-Eater. However, writers from Screenrant seemingly confirm that Bethel might be taking up the role as Bullseye when some of the crew members posted pics and captions that would reveal the yet-to-be-confirmed character in the show. One of those pictures shows one of the costume designers, Elizabeth Vistola, posting a photo of a crew jacket with the show’s Daredevil logo along with the logo most associated with Bullseye. The articles regarding this could be found here and here. Until the official announcement is made, we will have to just sit on our hands. But wouldn’t it be scream-worthy and awesome to finally get to see this highly anticipated character facing off against The Man Without Fear?
Another exciting addition to the cast is Joanne Whalley, (Of BBC’s “Wolf Hall”) who will be playing the role of “Maggie” (via Deadline). Comic book and Daredevil fans would come to recognize this name as the mother to Matt Murdock and the ex-wife to Jack Murdock. Introduced In that same scene where Matt is lying on a bed in a nun’s convent in The Defenders, we hear someone utter the words, “Get Maggie. Tell her he’s awake.” While we don’t yet know much about beyond that role, we can anticipate that she will have a big effect on Matt’s life, his decisions, and his faith.
Recently announced to the cast is Lesley Ann Warren who will play “Mrs. Falb” described as “a woman of high morals and steely resolve” (via Marvel).
One of the yet to be answered questions created by the trailers or further discussion is whether or not Matt will have an open perspective about carrying the mantle of Daredevil and go back to wearing the red suit. In addition, we are also looking forward to how Matt’s new direction will affect Karen Page and his best (former?) friend, Foggy.
Tune in to the Season 3 premiere of Daredevil as it streams on Netflix on October 19, 2018.