I have to admit it – I’m hooked. The latest Avengers movie – heavy on action and light on a good plot – was a superhero let-down. But after my son recommended Netflix’s Marvel’s Daredevil as having an engaging superhero character development, I found some down time over the weekend and watched the first episode- and then watched quite a few more.
I confess to being 100% illiterate when it comes to comic book superheros, so I went into this blind (pun intended). But what pleasantly surprised me in this well-done production is the Catholic undertones in the plot-lines and in the moral stances of the characters. The conflict that Daredevil struggles with in doing what is right versus fighting evil forces is played out in a good way that holds out hope for redemption; and not just for his enjoyment of revenge or seeking of retribution. His character seems real – with emotions and struggles that any of us Catholics can relate to. Non-Catholics will label it a Catholic guilt complex, but we would view it as dealing with moral dilemmas.
Maybe it’s a low standard to set, but shows that don’t disparage or ridicule Catholic beliefs or at the very least show resemblance to a real-world Catholic mindset should be viewed as a positive in our current age. At least we can hope the casual audience will grasp something more – and perhaps the seeds of inquiry will be planted.