Yes, Marvel’s newest “motion poster” sees Daredevil transition between his civilian and costumed identities, but don’t get too excited just yet! The motion poster, like the rest of the ‘Daredevil‘ publicity material so far, still uses the black “ninja” style suit seen in the trailers. But as well realized as the costume is, the question of if and when the hero will don his iconic red costume has yet to be answered.
Comics purists will note that Daredevil’s look in the series very explicitly draws its inspiration from the ‘Daredevil: The Man Without Fear’ miniseries, Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s 1993 retelling of the character’s origin and early years. In itself, this is hardly a surprise. Tonally, the trailer practically screams “Frank Miller,” and the man’s influence on Daredevil cannot be overstated. What has been a surprise is that the footage and publicity photos have steadfastly avoided so much as a hint of the classic red costume. This is especially peculiar given that the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole has developed a reputation over the years for keeping its characters visually consistent with their comic book counterparts. For some time the popular speculation on this inconsistency was that Marvel Studios were keen to distinguish this iteration of Daredevil from the 2003 Ben Affleck film and its lukewarm at best reception. But recent comments from showrunner Steven DeKnight suggest that there is more to it than that.
DeKnight begins by pointing out something that may not be readily apparent in the footage that has been released, namely that the ninja suit evolves gradually over the course of the season. He then adds the following:
“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.”
So there you have it. The classic Daredevil costume is in the cards. It’s not a question of “if” but rather of “when.” Based on DeKnight’s remarks, it stands to reason that some version of the red costume will likely appear towards the end of the first season or perhaps the start of the second as it evolves from the black ninja suit.
‘Daredevil’ stars Charlie Cox in the title role, alongside Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson, Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page, and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin. All thirteen episodes of the first season will be available to stream on Netflix beginning on April 10th.