In seven days, a lesser-known comic book character gets a reboot.
"Daredevil," the story of a blind boy who becomes a lawyer by day and vigilante by night, will launch with a full-season of episodes on Netflix. The move by Disney and its recently-acquired Marvel will take the beloved characters from the comic books and graphic novels to its newest platform.
Call it the trifecta of entertainment with "Avengers: Age of Ultron" coming to the big screen this summer and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." continuing on Disney-owned ABC with new episodes this fall.
Hell’s Kitchen in New York is the backdrop for this newest venture, a world where crime is as prevalent as grit is on the street. Daredevil is one of the better known street-fighter level heroes of the Marvel world, and will be the first of four live-action adventure series that will be created for Netflix. The 13 episodes of "Daredevil" will be available all at once, allowing the viewer to watch them on their own schedule. I’m sure many comic book geeks, like myself, will watch in a binge.
Marvel landed a few great actors to take on the leading roles in the series. Charlie Cox is Daredevil, and the versatile Vincent D’Onofrio plays Wilson Fisk, better known as the Kingpin.
The rest of the group is led by Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Vondie Curtis Hall as Ben Ulrich, Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna, Bob Gunton and Leland Owlsey and Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley.
I’m most looking forward to seeing Scott Glenn as the fighting master Stick. Glenn, who is known for his roles as astronaut Alan Shepard in "The Right Stuff" and playing a drug dealer in "Training Day," is who I always pictured as what the mysterious Stick would look like in real life.
If "Daredevil" does well enough through the streaming service, Marvel Television will move forward with the other three character-driven shows of "Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones," "Marvel’s Iron Fist," and "Marvel’s Luke Cage."
All four of these series lead up to a team-up of the characters for "Marvel’s The Defenders."
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SURVIVAL: The National Geographic Channel will be airing what it calls the ultimate test of the limits of human endurance and ocean survival with "The Raft." The social experiment series will launch at 9 p.m. Sunday night.
In the series premiere, two sets of strangers are adrift on life rafts in the Bermuda Triangle. They will be tested to survive the unknown swimming beneath them as well as the daily tasks of getting food and clean water to drink.
5,000 DOLLS: At 8 p.m. Monday night, Fox Business Network will air two new episodes of "Strange Inheritance" hosted by Jamie Colby. The first episode covers a family in Palmdale, Florida, where children fight for control of their roadside-attraction inheritance, an alligator and crocodile ranch. At 8:30 p.m., Colby heads to Portales, New Mexico, where a man inherits 5,000 dolls from his mother including 500 never-opened vintage Barbies.
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