The Man Without Fear is coming to Netflix, and Marvel has released his teaser trailer:
What do you think? I confess (ha, see what I did there?) that I’ve never been very interested in Daredevil; unfortunately, this trailer does nothing to pique my curiosity. It’s covered in too much of the post-Dark Knight obligatory “grim ‘n’ grit” (not to mention a fair amount of blood) for my current tastes.
Theologically, the trailer raises some interesting points. Kudos to Marvel Studios for keeping Matt Murdock’s Roman Catholic background in play; we don’t usually see superheroes’ religious affiliations acknowledged on-screen–for fear, I suppose, of alienating either viewers who share those affiliations and/or viewers who don’t–but many of these costumed characters do have them (especially, it seems, in the Marvel universe, which has historically hewed closer to our reality than has its Distinguished Competition).
But can we really ask or expect forgiveness “for what [we’re] about to do?” God is gracious, but God’s no sap. “Anyone,” warns the apostle James, “…who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin” (4.17, NSRV). Fans of the comics (or, for that matter, the Ben Affleck movie–it must have its adherents, right?) will have to tell me: Does Matt Murdock commit evil in the service of a greater good? Does God’s grace cover bad means committed in the name of a good end?
We’ll find out whether Daredevil is really presuming upon the grace of God, or if the scriptwriters just wanted to give us a memorable line, when all episodes hit Netflix on April 10.
Will you be watching?