As the Daredevil Netflix show leans ever harder into its dark and grimy tone, the chasm between it and its cinematic predecessor grows larger and larger. That’s not gone unnoticed by the Marvel series’ star, Charlie Cox, who recently noted the difference between the two interpretations of the character as indicative of one’s success and the other’s...well, not-so-success.
According to an interview the star did with The Telegraph, the topic of superheroes came up quickly. The glut of superheroism on screen was addressed not as a destruction of the medium, but of a niche’s growing market share. “One of the things that has happened in the last few years is that the movies that typically make lots of money tend to be big franchises,” Cox said. “That means Marvel movies, DC movies, comic book movies...Harry Potter. Hollywood makes so many of these big franchises that there isn’t much space – literally cinema space – for smaller independent movies.”
This has been a problem for some actors, like Ethan Hawke, who see their options and the options for movie fans facing limitations. Cox admits he loves superhero films, though there are certainly different ways to approach their content.
Specifically, when looking at Daredevil the character, there’ve been two main adaptations. “I thought Ben Affleck did a great job,” Cox said. “I really liked his Matt Murdock. It was in keeping with the characters in the comics.” But the film itself wasn’t so successful, creatively speaking. “The problem with the film was that the best Daredevil runs in print are geared toward a slightly more mature audience,” the actor said. “He’s not Spider-Man...not really a teenage superhero. That’s where the film didn’t quite work – it was a little too, dare I say, comic book-y for that character.”
Just because the character came from the comics doesn’t mean he needs to conform to the stereotypes of the medium. That’s a sentiment that can explain discrepancies between the reception of two different adaptations of the same hero and the reason some fans take Logan's gravitas more seriously than, say, the flashy neon of Thor: Ragnarok.
Daredevil’s third season is now on Netflix.