Now that fans have had the chance to devour some, if not all, of Netflix’s “Daredevil,” it’s time to talk about the red costume Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) dons at the end of Season 1.
Throughout the show’s 13 episodes, Murdock wore a homemade black costume, ripped straight from the pages of the comic “The Man Without Fear.” But he finished things on a high note when he assumed the Daredevil moniker with a new take on the classic red leathers.
While it may look reminiscent of the classic Daredevil attire, there is a very important upgrade. Unlike the comics — seen above is a Nelson Alexander Ross drawing of the character from 2014’s “Daredevil Volume 4, #1” — and even the 2003 movie, Netflix’s “Daredevil” is striving for realism with a suit that looks more like tactical armor than leather.
Considering the battles Murdock gets himself into — and the seemingly hundreds of stitches Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) has to administer — perhaps a little Kevlar is more fitting than leather this time.
Does it look as good, though? While function is important, this is a TV show. Looks matter and this new take on the Daredevil costume may be safer, but it’s certainly not as flashy as its predecessors.
Looking at the three versions of the red leathers, which do you prefer: The comics, the movie or the Netflix series? Make your choice in the poll below.
It’s important to note that while the red costume is the iconic look in the comics, Daredevil has suited up in a wide array of costumes since the character’s 1964 debut. He’s worn plaid, dressed in all black with no mask as an Agent of SHIELD and even donned a samurai-inspired costume for an issue of the “What If?” comics.