D's guys (see what I did there?) Daredevil and Deadpool are two of my favorite characters in media right now.
And interestingly, I come at them from two very different directions: Daredevil is a character I have been following since I was a kid. And I have loved the character in many different incarnations, written and drawn by many different hands, over a period of almost 50 years.
Deadpool, is a character I just discovered by watching the new movie, released only about a month ago. For various reasons, I never read any of the comic books featuring this character until after I already saw the movie three times.
But both of these D's, have crushed it recently: Daredevil, in the first season on Netflix last year, and now again in the second season which just dropped today. And Deadpool, released in movie theaters just a little over a month ago today.
The differences in the approaches to these characters in the two different mediums could not be greater. Where Daredevil is dark and gritty, rooted in very realistic world, yet with shades of film noir, Deadpool's world and characters are absurd, Fantastical, Bigger than life, almost like a cartoon.
Yet, these two characters and the two works that feature them, have more in common than merely their red suits.
The thing that stands out for me right now, which they definitely share in common, is the sheer chutzpah, the nerve of the filmmakers (and in the case of Daredevil, the production company and means of presentation, Netflix itself) in bringing these creations to life.
In so many ways, the odds of either of these creations coming to life at all, let alone as artistically and brilliantly as they have, were weighed heavily against them.
Yet, both the Daredevil series on Netflix, and the recent Deadpool movie, not only exist now, but they both are crushing it in every way possible: artistically, financially, critically, and what maybe even more surprising, in the way they're pleasing the diehard fans of these characters in their source material (i.e. the comic books).
I'll have more to say on this in future posts, and I will review the Daredevil series and the Deadpool movie on the review page, and in The Rabbi Geek Show podcast.
Stay tuned and don't touch that dial!