netflix daredevil netflix daredevil Critics are calling Netflix's new original series 'Daredevil' one of the best superhero dramas ever created. (Photo: Netflix / Marvel)

3 things you don’t know about Netflix's 'Daredevil'

This gritty new superhero drama isn't your average Marvel comic series.

Move over "House of Cards," Netflix has a new jewel in its crown. 

The streaming network today released the first season of its new original series "Daredevil," based on the Marvel comics superhero of the same name. Unlike the 2003 film starring Ben Affleck, this refresh on the blind vigilante is receiving copious praise for its gripping storytelling and smart acting. Below are three things you may not know about "Daredevil," or as we're apt to call it: Our favorite new series to binge watch.

1. It's a more serious take on the Marvel universe

daredevil netflixNetflix's 'Daredevil' is bound to surprise people with its adult storyline and intense, thrilling action. (Photo: Netflix/Marvel)

After just one episode, you'll understand why "Daredevil" is being touted as the darkest of the Marvel media properties. Helmed by Stephen S. DeKnight, the same guy behind Starz's excellent "Spartacus" series, "Daredevil" pulls no punches, delivering thrilling action and a seriously good story. Sure, there's humor sprinkled in to lighten the mood, but don't expect the steady stream of wisecracks that are a staple of the "Avengers" franchise. To put it another way, if you enjoyed Christopher Nolan's "Batman" trilogy, you're going to love "Daredevil."


2. It features rising star Ayelet Zurer

Avelet Zurer'Daredevil' marks the second time in only a few years that acclaimed actress Ayelet Zurer has taken part in a superhero drama. (Photo: s_bukley/Shutterstock)

Netflix is making a name for itself in attracting star talent and "Daredevil" is no exception. One face you'll certainly recognize instantly  is that of Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer. Born in Tel Aviv, she has a long and acclaimed track record in Hollywood, with roles in everything from "Angels and Demons" with Tom Hanks to the upcoming big-budget remake of "Ben Hur." While she plays the wife of Daredevil's mysterious nemesis on the series, it's worth noting that this isn't her first time wrapped up in a superhero drama. In Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" movie, Zurer played Lara Lor-Van; otherwise known as Superman's biological mom. 


3. You'll experience Daredevil's super-senses

Daredevil NetflixTo better convey the main character's heightened senses, director DeKnight makes use of some clever audio and video effects to draw the audience in. (Photo: Netflix/Marvel)

The first season of "Daredevil" is something of an origin story, allowing us to experience as Matt Murdock (blind criminal attorney by day, vigilante by night) slowly embraces and morphs into his Daredevil alter-ego. The character's blindness, caused in his youth by a radioactive substance that fell off the back of a truck, knocked out his sight, but heightened all of his other senses. To show exactly how he moves through the world, DeKnight cleverly pulls us close – moving between blurred perspectives with words overlaid and emphasizing sounds. It's a subtle, but effective way to give the audience some unique insight into Murdock's world.

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3 things you don’t know about Netflix's 'Daredevil'
This gritty new superhero drama isn't your average Marvel comic series.