Daredevil/Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) has put the Kingpin/Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) in jail and order seems to have returned to New York’s Hell Kitchen. That is until criminal gangs start getting butchered and rumour has it that a relentless one-man army (Frank Castle aka The Punisher (Jon Bernthal)) is behind the killings. Along the way, Murdock’s ex-girlfriend Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung) and his ex-master Stick (Scott Glen) come back into his life as the supernatural ninja assassin organisation The Hand enters the scene to complicate the matters. These complications take a toll on his relationships with best friend Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and budding romantic partner Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll).
A no holds-barred adaptation of seminal Daredevil writer/artist Frank (300, Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns) Miller’s run on the comic book in the early 1980s. The series utilises the 13 episodes to develop strong characters like Page (who goes from secretary to investigative reporter), Castle/The Punisher and Elektra to stand on their own with Daredevil in this expansion of Murdock’s world. The performances are evenly superior with a brief return by D’Onofrio as Fisk, a surprise turn. However, there are times where the pacing is bogged down by too much exposition, plot or character. In addition, the series tries too hard to juggle a multitude of characters and plots and it can all get bewildering, especially, for non-comic book geeks.
Despite its flaws, the folks behind the series have got most of the major factors spot on, with Charlie Cox truly growing into the role. The writing, for the most part, is excellent, thought-provoking and the characterisations fairly consistent. The visceral nature of the violence may not be for genteel tastes but this is dark and gritty comic book adaptation at its finest.