D’Onofrio Asks Fans To #SaveDaredevil
Yes, the whole world remains infatuated with The Mandalorian. However, even before Din Djarin and The Child tore up the small screen playbook — WAY before any Marvel series set up shop on Disney+ — there was Daredevil.
Daredevil — the man without fear — jumped headlong into streaming service stardom and propelled several Marvel series into the limelight on Netflix.
Then. Well, Disney decided to take the offensive in the streaming wars and Netflix canceled its Marvel series, including The Punisher, The Defenders, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and — of course — Daredevil.
The first season of Daredevil, while rooted in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe,” really stuck to its comic book roots. It’s boilerplate explained:
Blinded as a young boy, Matt Murdock fights injustice by day as a lawyer and by night as the Super Hero Daredevil in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Gritty, “Realistic” Comic Book Action
This is not Ben Affleck’s Daredevil. No. This is a very violent, gritty version of one of Marvel’s signature heroes. And the violence and vengeance with which the vigilante defends Hell’s Kitchen remain much more akin to Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One (Miller actually wrote many issues of Daredevil for Marvel Comics).
And, just like Batman’s Joker, The Kingpin brings out the best (and the worst) in Matt Murdock. These days, the man who played Kingpin in the show — Vincent D’Onofrio — looks to bring the seminal series back to TV.
Movieweb.com‘s Jon Fuge posted:
Yesterday, #SaveDaredevil advocate TJ Garvey took to social media to request signatures for the cause saying, “We have four days until the two-year moratorium is over. Have you signed the petition? We’re at 370,369 signatures and counting,” as well as tagging Marvel Studios, Marvel Entertainment, Hulu and Marvel Studios President/Marvel Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige. Vincent D’Onofrio himself then responded, calling for fans to “Sign this, people, for Save Daredevil.”
Sign this people, for Save Daredevil. https://t.co/YXvtPbPj01
— Vincent D’Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) November 26, 2020
The “Two-year moratorium” refers to the amount of time, which must pass before Disney regains control of Daredevil (and related characters) from Netflix.
The rights to Marvel’s Daredevil will reportedly revert to Marvel in a mere matter of days. With this in mind, Kingpin actor Vincent D’Onofrio has urged fans to flock to and sign the #SaveDaredevil petition, which asks that Disney revive Daredevil for a well-deserved fourth season once it is legally able do so.
The Best Marvel Show (So Far)
Straight up, the first season of Daredevil was some of the best Marvel content I have ever enjoyed; that grouping takes into account the show’s cousins in the MCU. It’s that good.
Check out this very PG-13 scene:
And a big (pun intended) part of that was D’Onofrio’s work as Kingpin. His co-star, Charlie Cox — Daredevil — really left everything on the table while playing their respective alter egos. And if you recall some of the great comic book nemesis pairings, you understand what we saw on screen via Netflix.
Finally, let’s hope we see Daredevil (and Kingpin) on Disney+ or Hulu in an upcoming show or spinoff. And, as MANY others have mentioned – Peter Parker seems to need a lawyer these days, no?