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Without

Fear

Matthew Lloyd, CSC brings a
film-noir aesthetic to the superhero
series Daredevil.
By Noah Kadner
*|*

M

arvel Comics' Daredevil character debuted in 1964 as
the crime-fighting alter ego of Matt Murdock - a
blind New York City lawyer by day and a fearless vigilante by night. Combining his enhanced remaining
senses with martial-arts prowess, Daredevil serves as the city's
best defense against evildoers like the nefarious Kingpin.
Marvel recently joined forces with Netflix to develop
Daredevil into a series for its streaming service, and Matthew
Lloyd, CSC was tapped to shoot all 13 episodes of the first
season. It was a six-month marathon of New York-based location and stage production that shot from July through
December 2014, with the goal of creating a dark and gritty tale
that's decidedly not for kids. (And with an eye on the long
game, Netflix is releasing Daredevil as the first of four superhero
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shows, with the intent to combine them into the crossover
project The Defenders.)
Charlie Cox stars as Murdock/Daredevil, with Deborah
Ann Woll as Karen Page, Rosario Dawson as nurse Claire
Temple, and Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk - a.k.a.
Kingpin. Veteran cinematographer and series director Phil
Abraham (The Sopranos, Mad Men) helmed the first and
second episodes of the series, which served as pilot and origin
story for the fearless sentinel.
Though he admits he's not a comic-book aficionado,
Lloyd greatly admires the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Furthermore, having acquired a taste for television through his
numerous collaborations with director Adam Bernstein, Lloyd
says he couldn't pass up the opportunity to shoot Daredevil.
"My agent got me a meeting," he recalls, "and I went in and
met with [executive producers] Karim Zreik and Jeph Loeb.
They were looking to create something outside of the typical
scope of broadcast. Showrunner Steven DeKnight also said
they wanted to really push the boundaries and I was well suited
for that kind of a task."
Abraham says, "I saw Matt's work on Fargo and thought
he was a great choice for Daredevil. He started a few days after
I did and we had a very tight schedule with about three weeks
of prep. We looked at many of the classic New York street

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