In probably the most in-depth session the public has gotten so far about Marvel’s new Netflix series “Daredevil,” New York Comic Con fans learned about the cast, found out who Rosario Dawson is playing, and got the chance to see not one … not two or three … but four exclusive, never-before-seen clips from the show on Saturday (Oct. 11).
And importantly, Vincent D’Onofrio ran chills down spines some spines.
On stage were Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Ben Urich), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa) and Bob Gunton (Leland Howsley). Producer/showrunner/writer Stephen S. DeKnight joined the actors and head of Marvel television Jeph Loeb moderated.
While Rosario Dawson wasn’t able to make the panel, “it’s kind of hard to explain how awesome she is in the show … there’s been a lot of speculation. She’s Claire Temple,” said Loeb. “She’s a nurse … who works at night.”
Vincent D’Onofrio, “is very honest” said Zurer, who plays his love interest Vanessa. D’Onofrio himself explained Fisk as “a child, and a monster. Vanessa, however, brings him out of his shadows. We’re playing it real, and moment to moment … and I’m digging it.”
Cox said that the story “has so many aspects. The blindness, and physical, action sequences. It’s about human emotion and turmoil. We’re meeting a man who is loyal by day, and believes in justice, and at night, takes matters into his own hand, deciding what justice should be.”
“We also deal a lot with Matt’s father, and who he wanted Matt to be, and that plays on Matt’s mind,” said Cox.
“True Blood’s” Deborah Ann Woll, “The most interesting characters are the ones who are flawed … and Karen is trouble.”
So what were the clips like? Much gritter and … darker … than most Marvel content. There’s nothing bright and shiny about this Hell’s Kitchen NYC story. It’s dirty windows, backlighting and visceral fight scenes. It’s not a pretty place.
This is not your Disney/ABC Marvel show.
And one of the four, which featured a quiet D’Onofrio who maybe only said 10 words, produced goosebumps. Seriously.
Of note, one fan asked Loeb if “Agents of SHIELD” will be featured in “Daredevil.” To wild applause, Loeb said, “that’s a level 7 question, and as you know … man … “
“It’s all connected.”
“Daredevil” is the first of five Marvel created series appearing exclusively on Netflix. It premieres in 2015.