1.) Origin : The origin is told quickly and concisely very early in the series. We learn early why this blind lawyer is walking the streets beating people senseless. (no pun intended... well maybe a little bit.) For the fans, we know the story and for the people just meeting the character, the origin is told in away very faithful to the comic and then moves into the "now." They do a really nice job of pulling you in quickly.
2.) Matthew Murdock : I knew Charlie Cox from Boardwalk Empire, which from what I recall he was great in. But I wasn't sure what to expect when I learned he was cast as our favorite "sightless attorney." In the first few minutes of the show I was sold. We learn very quickly that his faith is very important to him, which is an essential part of his character. He is plagued by the "Catholic guilt" that only people in the faith can truly understand. We also learn early that he is extremely compassionate and wants to help people and his city using his skills as a lawyer. Matthew Murdock should come off as kind, but "sharp as the devils horns." He needs to have that come across when he isn't in the costume and it does!
3.) DareDevil : Many superheroes lead two different lives, which is the case w/ DD. This is why it's important to discuss Matt and DD as separate things. When I think of DD I think tough as nails. I think brutal and dirty. I think Blind blunt trauma. And of course... MAN WITHOUT FEAR! This is the DD we get w/ no apologies! Although DD is often compared to Batman due to the nature in which they fight crime... that being on the streets in the shadows. DD fights w/ pure heart and determination... he is like the rocky of superheroes. And they play up this fact very well in the series. Batman always has a plan... DD has more of a general direction for how he wants something to end. He is a skilled fighter, but many times takes more punishment than he gives out... then stumbles away. DD gets mean on the streets.
4.) Hell's Kitchen : The area of Hell's Kitchen like in the comics is important to the DD and the Kingpin. And on the series it becomes a character in the story. They talk about it all the time, as is talking about a troubled friend or family member they just have to help. Both Wilson Fisk and DD believe that what they are doing is right for the "city." The both believe they are what's best for it!
5.) Wilson Fisk/ The KIngpin : I love Vincent D'Onofrio as an actor, but I was a little unsure about him playing the Kingpin. I didn't doubt his acting ability at all... It was more about his physicality. Sure, he's a big guy, but was he big enough and imposing enough to be the Kingpin of crime? In the comics he is drawn huge! And he isn't just a big fat guy he is also a skilled fighter and very strong and quick. D'Onofrio isn't quite "Kingpin big" but he is close and what he lacks in size he makes up for in character persona. He is the Kingpin w/out question. His interpretation of Wilson Fisk is both vulnerable and SAVAGE. He is like a Nirvana song, soft and quiet one minute, loud and angry... even brutal the next. The Kingpin is like a "boogeyman" on the show people are afraid to speak his name, and eventually we learn why. He is completely unpredictable. I am honestly never completely sure how he will react to any given situation. And the way he moves during a fight is like an ape w/ rabies! He moves faster than you'd expect and is like a wild man. As everyone knows you have to have a great villain to have a great hero and D'Onofrio delivers!
If you haven't seen this show yet then you are in for treat! It is incredibly well acted and executed! The cast is perfect and the overall tone of the series is nailed! If you don't have Netflix then now is the time to finally get it. There isn't really an excuse not to have it... it's 8 bucks for "HBO" quality programming and all the movies and tv series you can handle. I don't work for them or anything I am just very pleased w/ their service and content. DD is a must watch, especially iF you are a comic fan or like what Marvel has been doing on the screen!
Be kind out there!