The Shadow was created by Walter B. Gibson, and long before he appeared in movies and television, he was a staple of radio. HIs first appearance was in the 1930’s, and he’s had a huge influence on heroes (and villains) to follow.
For instance, the origin of Marvel Comics’ Iron Fist and Doctor Strange are remarkably similar to the Shadow’s, as is the that of Batman (from the Christopher Nolan movies) though the way he’s often depicted in the comics is very much in line with the Shadow as well.
The Shadow was Lamont Cranston (and Ken Allard, depending upon whether we’re talking about radio, television or novels. This idea of identities within identities is very similar to how Marvel’s Moon Knight has been portrayed), young wealthy man about town though having spend time in mysterious Asia gained the ability to cloud men’s minds.
Yet, can even the Shadow and all his mysterious powers stop a man with the ability to control Time?
Netflix is hitting it out of the park as far as their work producing superhero-based action series is concerned (their pact wirh Marvel Television will soon introduce Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders–though as far as Frank Castle goes, perhaps ‘reintroduce’ would be a better choice of words since he played a prominent role in Season two of Daredevil) though their horror offerings?
Not too impressive. We got two seasons of Hemlock Grove, which started out promisingly, then jumped the shark relatively quickly.
Their latest entry has it’s tongue firmly in cheek as Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) play a couple that lets nothing–including Sheila being a zombie–get in the way of their love because the family that slays together, stays together.
The trailer is hilarious, though what’s particularly novel is that–as opposed to being something to be shunned–their children seem to have adapted amazingly well to their mom’s altered state (it helps that she looks pretty healthy, minus the whole ‘no heartbeat’ thing.
The title is also particularly clever in that it not only refers to the often goofy diet fads that tend to emanate from the West Coast, but Sheila’s somewhat unique dietary requirements.
While Marvel Studios is doing some amazing things in the movie space, we sometimes forget that Marvel Television is making waves of their own on the small screen.
And while they have been doing solid work with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter arguably their strongest work so far has been the series that have have done with Netflix, Daredevil, JessicaJones and Luke Cage.
Along with a distinctive visual palate, each series is aurally unique was well, each evocative of different places and/or eras.
For fans of Marvel Television and their work with Netflix, ComicCon 2016 is as close to nirvana as you’re likely to get because that’s where they premiered the teaser trailer for The Defenders, a street-level super team in the vein of the Avengers.
They will consist of Daredevil (which has been renewed for a third season), Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
The trailer is less interesting for what it shows–which is next to nothing–than what it says about what the new show will be like tonally, which is very gritty and realistic.
When you take into account the two seasons of Daredevil and the single season of Jessica Jones already released, it should fit in quite nicely.
Marvel Television, in the shows that they have made for Netflix–so far we’ve seen JessicaJones and Daredevil, soon to be followed by Luke Cage and Iron Fist and culminating in The Defenders–have created some of the most addictive television in recent memory.
It’s worth mentioning that since you’re getting an entire season all at once, most viewers are going to watch as many episodes as they can stand at one time, which is more akin to actively consuming them more than the passive act that television viewing typically is.
This latest trailer–in two parts, by the way, which is odd in that the trailer has become the event in and of itself–is more Punisher/Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal)-centric as we see him causing all sorts of trouble for Daredevil/Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox).
And speaking of the Punisher, I get the feeling that we’re not going to see the Punisher’s iconic skull where the (Marvel) Universe intended, over his chest and abdomen. I hope I’m wrong, but then again, in the more realistic way Marvel Television is handling these characters, I can at least understand it (Daredevil only wears a costume because it shields his identity and provides protection against bladed weapons).
The first season of Marvel’s Daredevil had a huge hurdle to overcome.
When Fox released the 2003 movie based on the character, he was treated pretty much as a red-suited Spider-Man, which anyone familiar to the character could tell you isn’t the way to go.
In any case, the movie didn’t do badly from a financial standpoint, so Fox intended to proceed with a sequel (though likely without Ben Affleck) and were gearing up to do just that when they lost their director (David Slade, who went on to direct Hannibal on NBC).
When I heard that Fox had not only lost the rights to Marvel Comics’ Daredevil, but Marvel Television–not Marvel Studios–had relaunched the character in a 13-episode series on Netflix I have to admit that my interest was definitely piqued.
(It’s worth mentioning that I’ve seen Fox’s version, and its biggest shortcoming was that the producers tried to make Daredevil too similar to Spider-Man).
Daredevil was the first salvo in the deal, Jessica Jones was the second, Luke Cage will be third, followed by Iron Fist and culminating in The Defenders.