Ever since we got our first look at Daredevil’s black suit, a lot of fans have been complaining about the — shall we say it? — utter lack of red in it, and the deviation from what many consider DD's standard look. But fear not, because our beloved Man Without Fear (Charlie Cox) will eventually sport the iconic red costume and horns that the fans have come to know and love in the Marvel comics on the upcoming Netflix series.
Executive producer and showrunner Steven S. DeKnight recently spoke to Comics Continuum and explained how fans will recognize the influence of Frank Miller’s Man Without Fear comics (which explored our Hell's Kitchen hero's early, formative years) on the black suit the show settled upon for the new series. He also explained how the costume will evolve throughout:
"He always wore a black mask that was tied in the back," DeKnight said. "We went through a lot of different versions and did a lot of R&D before settling on something. If you watch very closely, you'll see the outfit evolve subtly into what we call the black ninja suit. The mask changes. He starts wearing protective pads. Eventually it morphs into the classic suit, because he wouldn't be Daredevil without it. Getting there is part of the fun. The idea was to back the story up to the point before Matt is Daredevil. Then we could take him to a place where some version of the red suit works in a grounded world. The solution is very exciting and makes complete sense."
The decision to settle on that black costume was, of course, decided upon early in the show’s development. Joe Quesada, Marvel's chief creative officer, who was also an artist on Marvel’s Daredevil comic books, added:
"We had to come up with a logic for it, It was a delicate balance, because the stories we're telling are so real-world. Matt starts out in a homemade outfit that develops slowly. As he starts getting the crap kicked out of him on the streets, he adds padding little by little."
Marvel executive producer and head of TV Jeph Loeb added:
"We couldn't just come out of the box with a guy running around in a red devil costume. We needed to be able to make sure that it looked not like a costume, but a uniform."
Stephanie Maslansky, the show's costume designer, also chimed in on the reasons why our blind hero will get to wear the black costume at first:
"There was definitely a history and mythology that needed to be adhered to, but it also had to seem authentic. It needed to be made of things that anyone could buy on the street, on the Internet or in an army-navy store. We wanted something that looked militaristic and functional, but also dramatic and sexy. It was really tricky to make it both be practical and look, as Joe Quesada likes to say, 'really bad-ass.'"
Check out the cool new transformation motion-poster:
All 13 episodes of Marvel's Daredevil will be available in one go on Netflix on Friday, April 10. Are you ready?