The second season of Daredevil has been out for nearly a month and most fans have had a chance to go back to Hell’s Kitchen and catch up with their beloved blind superhero. At this point we can safely say that the second outing has been a hit. With the critical success of the latest Daredevil, we sincerely hope that Marvel will finally wise up and provide fans with a proper video game for the Man Without Fear. The second 13-episode series for Daredevil has added some important new characters to the mix in Elektra and the Punisher, and it could be argued that the show has finally created a large-enough universe that it’s prime for the AAA video game treatment.
There’s no question that superhero movies translate well to the video game world. The licensed LEGO adaptations of the Marvel properties have been incredibly huge hits and the Batman: Arkham series of games has also been wildly successful. The Arkham series in particular, with its various vision modes and its free-roaming, open-world city, might be the best example of the kind of gameplay and quality that fans could expect from a Daredevil game. With its gritty setting and atmosphere, the show has created a fictional version of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood that’s practically a more realistic version of Arkham’s Gotham City already. To the point that we’re surprised someone hasn’t just gone and made a Daredevil themed mod of Arkham City. It would almost be too easy to adapt Daredevil to a similar action-adventure title in the vein of Batman, and Marvel won’t be able to afford to overlook it for too much longer.
In addition to the variety of mobile games that have included the characters, there are even more casual titles available. There are several games based on licensed Marvel properties, notably including both Daredevil and Elektra, taking a social casino approach to the comics. The Daredevil-themed slot is actually the most recent standalone game that has been released for the hero, with the last video game being a 2003 outing for the Game Boy Advance based on the Ben Affleck movie that’s probably best forgotten. There was nearly a Daredevil game for the Playstation 2 that showed a lot of promise, but it was sadly cancelled in 2004, despite marketing having already begun for the game.
Marvel obviously knows it has its hands on a hot property and has already started adding the characters to its slew of successful mobile franchises. Both the adventure title (Marvel: Future Fight) and the RPG (Marvel Heroes 2016) will include additional costumes based on the TV show with Elektra also being added as a playable character in her own right to the latter. The company has also brought Daredevil to the fighting game Marvel: Contest of Champions with a host of moves and costumes that are sure to appease fans of the Man Without Fear.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Marvel decided to cash in on the show’s success with a more mature solo title for the character. It’d be similar to what was done with the re-release of the Deadpool video game in time for the Merc-with-a-mouth’s highly successful film and what DC has done with Batman. It’s only a matter of time at this point, because Marvel is sitting on a potential gold mine. We’re just waiting for them to cash in.