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The first photos from the Daredevil Netflix show have dropped, and the look of the character in the show is SIGNIFICANTLY different to how he is portrayed in the comics. Now, normally, I would be sort of pissed at this stage because DD is one of my favorite characters and now it looks like they're randomly changing his look. But I'm keeping it in check for a few reasons
1) This is only the first preview image. Between now and April 15 a lot can happen.
2) His look here is almost identical to his appearance in Frank Miller's "Man Without Fear" mini-series BEFORE he took up the costume. So this could be a proto-DD, which also tells us a little about the pattern that the story could be following. In fact, since it is (I think) 13 episodes, then he could be in costume proper before the thing is done.
3) Because DD is meant to kick off the string of DEFENDERS mini-series, It's possible his appearances in costume will turn up in later Netflix series.
4) The DD costume is really hard to get right, believe it or not. Solid red spandex can look ridiculous. And you can go the route that Mark Steven Johnson went with the Fox Daredevil movie, but you run into a couple of problems: First, all that zippered red leather and belt buckles look goofy. Also, it's hard to believe that a struggling attorney in private practice just out of law school can afford to have custom-tailored leather bodysuits with decorative emblems made in bulk and NOBODY know about it. So even if this is the final suit, I can understand the thinking behind it.
So, I'm not exactly thrilled about this, but I'm keeping an open mind, especially since the look of that still captures the feel of the Daredevil comics that I've read, and Marvel has a pretty good track record to date.
I'm also sort of amused that he looks EXACTLY like he did in the "Trial of the Incredible Hulk" TV movie from the 80's.
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