10 April 2012

Onscreen History of Daredevil

The Man Without Fear made his print debut in Daredevil #1 in 1964 donning a vibrant yellow costume. He has since made the switch to a more devilish red which has been seen in most of his onscreen appearances. 

Turns out, Daredevil nearly made his first appearance in the 70's. Angie Bowie, wife of Dave, shopped around her idea of a TV series featuring Daredevil and Black Widow. While the series never got the greenlight, some interesting promotional photos were taken. 

Matt Murdock made his first appearance on the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends animated series in lawyer mode in 1981. His costumed persona would have to wait a few more years.

Around the time of the animated Spidey series in the early 80's, a pitch was made for an animated Daredevil series, Daredevil and Lightning the Super Dog. You guessed it, Lightning was to be a super powered guide dog. This series also never got the go-ahead.

 Daredevil made his live action debut on the TV movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk wearing a ninja suit. The two heroes combined their efforts against the Kingpin.

In  1995 the costumed vigilante finally appeared wearing his red duds as a guest on the animated Fantastic Four series along the depowered team.

In 1996, Daredevil made the rounds to the Spider-Man animated series where he teamed with the Web-Head against the Kingpin.

2003 gave Daredevil his big screen break in which he faced Bullseye and Kingpin while courting Elektra on the playground teeter totters.

And while Daredevil did not appear in the 2005 spin-off Elektra film, Matt Murdock did appear in a deleted dream sequence.

Current rumors about a reboot of the Daredevil movie franchise leave us with hope that we have not seen the last of the Man Without Fear.

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