Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Most Catholic Show Out There


The Millennial Catholic:

Who am I fooling? It's Daredevil.

Now, before you think I've lost my mind, allow me to explain my reasoning.

-Unlike other Marvel superheroes who mention Catholicism but it's nothing more than a passing reference, this show puts Catholic notions front and center of the story.

-Morals are a big part of the series no matter who's making the moral choice. You may not always agree with the decisions made, but it does give the characters more depth.

-The lead actor has roots in Catholicism. Charlie Cox--the actor who plays Matt Murdock/Daredevil-- was not only raised Catholic but also played Josemaria Escriva in the film There Be Dragons.

-Also unlike other series, there are jokes about Catholicism but they're tasteful and they're not at Catholicism's expense. Not to give away spoilers, but there is one particular line exchange in episode 2 that every single Catholic I've talked to about it laughed and enjoyed. I'm not going to say what it is: you have to watch the episode yourself and you'll know which one.

Now, for those who are either not that familiar with the comics or only know Daredevil from the 2003 movie:

Daredevil--created by comic legends Stan Lee, Bill Everett and Jack Kirby--debuted in April 1964 but the version most audiences know comes from writer Frank Miller. He was the one who gave Daredevil his red costume, gave the stories a grittier feel, made him more an anti-hero, made his heightened senses more believable, and put his faith front in center. In fact, Miller was once asked why he made Daredevil this way. This was his answer (and I am not making this up):

I figured Daredevil must be Catholic because only a Catholic could be both an attorney and a vigilante.

Granted, they don't get things 100% correct, but then again it never advertised itself as a theology guide. 

If you haven't seen it, go watch it. It's better than the idiocy atheists make.

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