8 Things You Didn't Know About Daredevil
1. There's a reason Foggy looks SO familiar
If you're anything like me, it was driving you crazy trying to figure out why Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) looks so familiar. It took a trip to IMDb to reach two eureka moments when I discovered that not only was he the scrappy brute Fulton Reed from The Mighty Ducks, he was also Seth Green's partner-in-death in stoner-zombie cult classic Idle Hands.
2. That dog-killing mobster was Vincent Van Gogh
As a character, Finn Cooley may have only appeared in one episode but his viciousness will stick with us for a long time. Not only did he use a power drill to decimate Frank Castle's foot, he was also ready to murder a dog, which, we can all agree is so much worse. But it may shock you to realize that actor Tony Curran is best-known to sci-fi fans from that episode of Doctor Who. Considered to be one of the best episodes in the show's history, "Vincent and the Doctor" was a thoughtful exploration of greatness, sadness, legacy, and mental health.
3. At first, Daredevil couldn't have enjoyed his own show
Descriptive Video (or Descriptive Audio) is a narration service that helps people with visual impairments get a better appreciation of visual media. Unlike closed captioning, Descriptive Video still isn't a standard feature for media, and, as a result, when it first premiered Daredevil was largely inaccessible to the blind. To their credit, the service was added just four days after the series' launch but pressure from interest groups may have pushed Netflix's timeline forward.
To their credit, Netflix has now made a commitment to offer Descriptive Video for all of its original programming.
4. Star Deborah Ann Woll's partner is blind
EJ Scott is the long-time partner of Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page). He was diagnosed with Choroideremia in 2003, which will eventually render him completely blind. Scott regularly works to raise awareness for the disorder, including this year's campaign where he is running a marathon on every continent in 2016. You can follow his adventures on his website or on his podcast Scratch the Surface with EJ Scott.
5. Without the Ben Affleck Daredevil movie, the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe might not exist
You'll have to take this one with a grain of salt since it's difficult to confirm but as the legend goes, when Jon Favreau was playing Foggy Nelson in the 2003 version of Daredevil, he got to talking to Marvel about directing another movie based on one of their superheroes. That conversation would lead to 2008's Iron Man, the movie whose success led to the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
6. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are largely based on Daredevil
The very first published work featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was intended as a way to parody popular comic books of the time. With the comic, creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were lampooning series such as The New Mutants, Cerebus, Ronin, and last but certainly not last, Daredevil. Many of the iconic elements of the TMNT lore are meant as spoofs of Daredevil's lore. The ooze that seeps into the sewers is the same goop that blinded a young Matt Murdock. While Daredevil fights The Hand, the Turtles take on The Foot Clan. Even the word "Splinter" refers to him being a smaller, more annoying Stick.
7. This almost wasn't the first Daredevil TV series
In the early 1970's Angela Bowie (then spouse of David Bowie) purchased the rights to create a television series based on the characters of Black Widow and Daredevil. She would have a one-year window to get the series to air before the rights would lapse. The series was considered too expensive and never made it past a pitch and a photo shoot. Had the series been picked up, actor Ben Carruthers would have played Daredevil and Bowie herself would have been Black Widow.
8. The Netflix series earned military recognition for its depiction of Frank Castle
Got Your 6 is a not-for-profit campaign dedicated to recognizing realistic and fair representation of veterans in media. While Frank Castle's actions are certainly difficult to endorse, the second season's seventh episode "Semper Fidelis" featured a scene where Castle, on trial for 30+ murders, refuses his lawyers' suggestion that they try to get a lesser sentence by arguing that he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Castle sees the defense as an insult to soldiers and veterans actually suffering from PTSD. This show of respect earned the episode and the character Got Your 6's "6 Certified" classification.
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