'Daredevil' Season 3: What we know and what we don't
Are you ready for the Netflix return of the world's greatest blind superhero?
The devil of Hell's Kitchen is back – though fans eager to continue the adventures of Matt Murdock as the crime-fighting superhero Daredevil may want to wear extra padding for what's coming. Season 3 will once more pit Murdock against Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, in what promises to be an extremely vindictive confrontation over 13 episodes. Want to know more about what to expect from this latest chapter in Netflix's flagship superhero series? Scroll down below for all the latest facts and whispers.
The first teaser features a bloodied Matt Murdock
Those hoping the third season of "Daredevil" would push its characters in a decidedly darker direction will be thrilled with the first teaser.
"I once believed that justice could be found in a court of law. And in the light of day,” Murdock, played by British actor Charlie Cox, whispers as he sits bleeding in a confession booth. “But I was fooling myself. Darkness only responds to darkness. And the truth is I’d rather die as the devil than live as Matt Murdock.”
Murdock, given up for dead at the end of Netflix's "The Defenders," is clearly no longer holding on to the "truth and justice" M.O. he believed in earlier. It's clear from this teaser that regaining his humanity will be a big part of his character's arc in season 3.
Welcome back, Vanessa
After missing all of season 2, with her character presumably safely hidden in an undisclosed location, Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer is making her return as Vanessa Fisk in season 3 of "Daredevil."
"She was artsy and I didn't quite see her as the femme fatale in the beginning ... not that she is but, you know, classically speaking, that's kind of where she's leaning toward," Zurer told From The Grapevine in 2015. "I saw her more as an art-world gallerist with bizarre clothing, but that would be too much on the nose, I guess."
Ahead of an official announcement this summer, Zurer gave fans plenty to speculate about through her personal Instagram; with no less than two posts teasing her return as the love interest of the villainous Wilson Fisk.
With Zurer commanding the screen in everything from "Angels and Demons" to the mother of Superman in "Man of Steel," let's hope she survives the epic showdown to come between Daredevil and Fisk, played by American actor Vincent D'Onofrio.
The season 3 poster revels in darkness
Building off the tension of the teaser, the new one-sheet poster for season 3 doubles down on the dire with the words "Let there be darkness." The twitter embed of the graphic also featured the Bible verse Job 30:26 which reads, "Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness."
Job 30:26. pic.twitter.com/9kZ0s6FYQ7— Daredevil (@Daredevil) September 19, 2018
The series may bow in late October
Netflix generally likes to surprise the public with unannounced season launches, but a clue as to when Matt Murdock and Co. might return appears to have accidentally surfaced on Twitter. Amusingly, it came from Netflix itself, with the streaming giant's Thailand account tweeting out a promo with the accompanying caption of "October 19, meet Daredevil season 3."
While it's possible this date may differ from the U.S. launch, it's likely that October will indeed host the third season. With Halloween just around the corner, we can't think of a more fitting time to welcome back our favorite red devil.
The plot is inspired by a 1986 comic book arc
At the end of Netflix's "The Defenders," which saw Daredevil team up with such superheroes as Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the Iron Fist, Matt Murdock is shown barely alive and under the care of a nun. That scene perfectly echoes a panel from Frank Miller's "Born Again," a Daredevil comic series that debuted in February 1986. In the series, which spans seven issues, Murdock is nursed back to health by his estranged mother, who decades earlier became a nun. The story also features a violent and increasingly insane Kingpin, who stops at nothing to destroy Matt Murdock and all that he loves.
According to Charlie Cox, while "Born Again" serves as the inspiration behind season 3, even those familiar with the beloved comic book story can look forward to plenty of surprises.
"There may be elements from Born Again, but I’m sure there will be elements that are unfamiliar and surprising and different in order for the show to be compelling to fans who know the comics very well," he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017. "If we start making Born Again page-for-page, then the people who have read it and loved it — the hardcore fans — they won’t have too much drama.”
Get ready for another 'Hallway Fight'
Remember the epic three minute one-shot fight scene from the first season of "Daredevil"? According to Charlie Cox, that scene, nicknamed by fans the "Hallway Fight," will earn a sequel in season 3.
"The one thing that I am excited about is that we do have a scene in the show that is an homage to the corridor scene from Series One," Cox told Yahoo. "I'm very excited about the fans to see that."
The first trailer will likely drop at New York Comic-Con
The 'Daredevil' cast during the 2015 New York Comic Con. (Photo: Romer Jed Medina / Wikimedia
Fans eager for the first full trailer for season 3 will likely only have to wait a few more weeks. According to Deadline, Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, and English actress Joanne Whalley, who will play Murdock's mother, will all be in attendance during a "Daredevil panel at New York Comic Con. Running from Oct. 4-Oct. 7, the massive event would serve as the perfect launch pad for the new season.
"I can only say that we’re doing things that are just going to blow the fans away," D'Onofrio told Collider late last year. "We’ve already shot some things that are just going to be neat for the fans. There’s some awesome things that are very much in the history of Fisk and Daredevil, that people have been waiting for. We’ve already put some of that stuff in the can, and there’s a lot more to do. I think they’re gonna be very happy."
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