Netflix recently dropped the first of five superhero series for its subscribers to enjoy. Daredevil is quite good, though to be honest as of this typing I’ve only seen the first five or so episodes. Charlie Cox makes a good superhero. Vincent D’Onofrio is an excellent Kingpin. There was much rejoicing.
Now, I’m not here to review the series. Better reviewers than I have or will do so, and I have other things to do. Instead, I want to discuss tone and how it applies to superheroes on TV and to a lesser extent in the movies.
I love television and I love the future but I am not loving these two huge missteps in the future of television. Both of them were just committed in the past day, and both by otherwise incredibly forward-thinking and innovative TV giants. So what did HBO and Netflix do that was so wrong? Find out after the break.
Details are starting to emerge about the upcoming release of the stand-alone HBO streaming service. The International Business Times reports the service will be called HBO Now and will launch with Game of Thrones’ new season on April 12. The price is expected to be $15 per month, which is close to what most people pay for an HBO subscription right now. Is that the right price for access to HBO content? And, if so, will Netflix stay at their cheaper rate to come up to HBO’s level? Let us know your thoughts!