When it comes to characters that have seen big growth popularity-wise in the past year, Daredevil is one of the biggest names. His Netflix series is popular with both critics and fans, leaving people wanting to know more about the unique character.
It is not every day that you come across a badass superhero that just so happens to be blind, who actually finds a way to turn that into an advantage. It’s also not every day that you come across a superhero whose origin also inspired something as awesome as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Wait, what? Yeah, seriously!
Daredevil has not always been a popular character, and there was even a time period where he wasn’t even the most popular character in his own comic book. Yet, throughout it all, Daredevil has survived, and with that comes 10 amazing facts that have accompanied the character.
This might not help make the wait for the next season of Daredevil any easier, but it may give you an even greater appreciation for one of the coolest superheroes out there. If you’re curious and would like to learn more about other superheroes. Feel free to check out our similar lists about Wolverine, Captain America, Iron Man and Superman.
10. He’s Responsible For The Creation Of Thunderbolt
While Thunderbolt may not be the most powerful superhero out there, he’s still worth noting and had his own comic series for a little while. In the 1960s, the character of Daredevil did not have a lot of momentum and was almost sold to Charlton Comics. The creator of Daredevil, Charlie Biro, refused to allow the deal to go through because the company would not agree on fee-sharing if the character ever became successful. Hard to blame the guy when you consider how upsetting it would be if something you created did well and you got no credit for it. As a result of them being unable to come to an agreement, the character of Peter Cannon (aka Thunderbolt) was created instead!
9. Daredevil Comics #2 Was Created Over A Weekend
The first thing you need to know about this story is that the 2nd issue of Daredevil came out in 1941. If you had access to a large amount of paper, you needed to make a claim for it, and then use it immediately or someone else was going to come in and claim a stake on the paper. Lev Gleason wanted to capitalize off of the success of the first Daredevil (more on that later). The story goes that he “bought the paper with the promise that that he’d have his comic’s pages at the printers on the following Monday. Except that it was Friday, and he didn’t have a comic to print. Gleason turned to his favorite cartoonist and packager, Charlie Biro, and said, “Get me sixty-four pages by Monday morning.” All he asked was that his one name superhero, Daredevil, have the lead story. How they filled the rest of the pages would be up to them.”
Given the legacy that Daredevil has left, it may be one of the most productive uses of one weekend possible! You just better believe they slept in on Monday!
8. Daredevil Was Created With The Idea Of Only Having One Issue
As you now know, the second issue of Daredevil was created over a weekend. Is it perhaps shocking then to find out that there was only supposed to be one issue of Daredevil? The first comic came out in 1941 and featured Daredevil fighting Hitler, a common theme at the time. While it was useful as a positive propaganda tool, the popularity of the original led way for the demand for #2 and thus the idea of Daredevil being a legitimate superhero started to take on more weight. Lesson of the story? Feature your superhero punching a hated world leader and you’re set!
7. He Was Cut From His Own Comic
While it is true that Daredevil is a popular character now, this was not always the case. In fact, there was a time when he was not even the most popular character in his own comic series! The writer and artist behind Daredevil added a supporting group of characters known as the Little Wise Guys, whose popularity eventually surpassed Daredevil. Daredevil, on the other hand, went from being the star of his comic to introducing the wiseguys, to not even appearing on his own cover. Maybe they should have just spent some time making Daredevil more badass instead of just pretending that he’s not really there?
6. He Almost Had A Cartoon Series
When you think about what superheroes are the most popular today, many of them (Batman, the X-Men, etc.) had an amazing cartoon series that many of us watched growing up. Daredevil could have been one of them, but an idea for a comic that also featured a canine sidekick was cut back in the 80s. It wouldn’t just be any dog though, it would be Lightning The Super-Dog! It makes you wonder if maybe your kids will one day look back at watching the Daredevil Netflix series fondly. The writer and creator of the pilot, Mark Evanier, went onto elaborate:
“ABC agreed to buy the series and it was even announced in the Hollywood trade papers… but then a gent who worked for Marvel said the wrong thing to a top exec at ABC who, I suspect, was looking for an excuse to not buy the show and to give the time slot to another project that he preferred.”
5. He Could Have Been An Avenger
There was an image out there circulating (see above) of a “new mysterious character” that is a “Marvel favorite, a Hollywood hit and the item in his hands is a big clue.” Honestly, it doesn’t take a genius to infer that it may be Daredevil, and you better believe that if I am kind of sure, there are dedicated fans out there who were definitely sure. Yet when the character reveal finally happened, it was a character by the name of Ronin.
The creator, Bendis, used to deny that it was meant to be Daredevil but eventually, “Bendis revealed that, yep, Ronin was originally meant to be Daredevil. Bendis had thought the reveal was off the record when he mentioned it to the USA Today reporter, but instead, it ended up being published,” and thus the truth finally came to light!
4. There Was Also Almost A TV Series
Forget animated shows, when a world class model like Angela Bowie wants to do a TV series, you can believe it would physically look good! Bowie had a desire to play Wonder Woman (as seen above), but eventually she bought the TV rights to the characters of Daredevil and Black Widow. While it never turned into a series, it did still make for some fun behind-the-scenes photo shoots of her trying on different costumes.
Bowie describes how she received permission from Stan Lee to have the rights to the character for one year but stated:
“We were unable to place the series. Actor, writer, Benny Carruthers and I did the photo shoot with Terry O’Neill and Natasha Kornilkoff costume designer and Barbara Daly – make-up in London and that was all that ever happened.”
3. There Is A Link To The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
As many of you know, the original TMNT features radioactive ooze which ends up transforming turtles into the TMNT. What you may not know is that the ooze that transforms them is also the same ooze that is described as being what hit Daredevil and blinds him. On top of that link, there are several references to Daredevil that fans may enjoy:
“The Turtles’ origin contained direct allusions to Daredevil: the traffic accident between a blind man and a truck carrying radioactive ooze, a reference to Daredevil’s own story, (indeed in the version told in the first issue, Splinter sees the canister strike a boy’s face). The name ‘Splinter’ also parodied Daredevil’s mentor, a man known as ‘Stick’. The Foot, a clan of evil ninjas who became the Turtles’ arch-enemies, likens to the Hand, who were a mysterious and deadly ninja clan in the pages of Daredevil.”
Talk about two franchises that both went onto do incredibly well!
2. How Much Ben Affleck Hates The Daredevil Movie
Sure, the Netflix series may have done well, but have you also sat down and watched the Ben Affleck film portrayal? It’s really, really awful and if you don’t believe me, just ask Ben! Affleck hated the end result, and openly rejected the idea of ever making a sequel. In a fun twist, Affleck also went onto state: “By playing a superhero in Daredevil, I have inoculated myself from ever playing another superhero.” Affleck told the press at the London premiere of Hollywoodland that: “Wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me and something I wouldn’t want to do again soon.”
I guess when you get to take some years to reflect, and the next superhero offered to you is Batman, it may be a little easier to accept.
1. He Once Threw Someone From A Building, And Then Taunted Him
Daredevil was not always such a nice guy, and when Frank Miller took over the series in the 1980s, the character started to display more attributes of an antihero. Sales reflected the change, and after only three issues was returned to a monthly issue. To elaborate on what Miller did:
“[He] took the step of essentially ignoring all of Daredevil’s continuity prior to his run on the series; on the occasions where older villains and supporting cast were used, their characterizations and history with Daredevil were reworked or overwritten.”
This included re-painting Daredevil’s father as a drunken asshole, and several moments which really added an edge to the character. Perhaps, none is a better example of that than when he tries and throws one of his arch-enemies off a building, but is disappointed when he survives and is left a quadriplegic. Not satisfied, Daredevil then breaks into the man’s hospital room and forces him to play a game of Russian roulette. The gun was empty, but the other guy didn’t know that!