As a longtime fan of the Daredevil comics from Marvel, especially the Bendis/Maleev run, I’ve been giddy with excitement for the Netflix series to come out.
I was never a huge fan of any of the Avengers (and was lukewarm about the first Captain America and both Thor movies) but I’ve been happy about the success of the Marvel films. Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy all blew me away.
Although one could be sad about Daredevil not getting the silver screen treatment, I think getting 13 hours to flesh out a good story is more than okay. And the fact that the producers wanted to take it into a more gritty, grounded direction with inspiration from The Wire? Yes, please.
As the series is about to be released, I’ve been thinking about the Netflix model and whether or not it’s a good approach. Having all episodes at once definitely satisfies the need to cram as much of the show into my eyeballs as quickly as possible. But I wonder if it doesn’t also hurt the perception of the show in some ways.
Take the approach of another hotly anticipated show that is coming back this weekend: Game of Thrones.
HBO sticks with the weekly release structure, and I think it’s ultimately a richer payoff. Having a full week to distill and discuss what happened in the one hour we get is part of the appeal of watching these shows.
Such as in the last season, we get an episode where Oberyn declares to Tyrion that he’ll fight for him in trial by combat. Then we have to wait an excruciating week until we see the fight happen.
I just don’t see that story resonating as much in the public forum as much as it did if we had all been able to just immediately hit “Play next episode” and not experience the build up.
Netflix released the third season of House of Cards earlier this year and even though there was a lot of attention brought to it, the talk around that show seemed to die down almost immediately afterwards. I just don’t want to see that happen with Daredevil.
Ultimately, it’s probably a minor gripe. I know I’ll be binge watching the show as much as possible. Everything looks on point so far, so I’m expecting to be pleased despite my high level of anticipation.
As for Game of Thrones, it’ll be interesting to see how this season will play out now that they’re outpacing the books, and have wiped the board of so many characters.
I’m eager to see more of Dorne and those inhabitants. I’m less excited for Dany even with the prospect of Varys and Tyrion running around in her neck of the woods. Arya’s journey will be great as well as the interactions between Jon Snow and Stannis.
I’m hoping to see if they introduce Wyman Manderly in White Harbor, mostly to see if the theories about the Grand Northern Conspiracy hold true. Because if they did… holy crap.
Which brings me to my main concern of the show splintering away from the books… I don’t mind if they deviate and reshuffle things to fit the format of an episodic television show. But when they start omitting characters and story lines, such as Lady Stoneheart or everything about the Ironborn, it basically tells me that they won’t have much of an effect in the books.
Regardless, I’ll be watching the show and expecting it to be great as it’s usually been.