Faith and the Daredevil
So I forgot to discuss something in yesterday’s podcast about the comic book film Daredevil that I really wanted to touch on, fortunately since Dan and I are now embracing the blogging side of thing I still get the chance to chat about the religious nature of the Daredevil character which I do think bears a little more examination.
My relatively limited exposure to the Daredevil comics has given me the impression that Daredevil’s faith plays a large part in the character as well as the iconology of the series. Indeed the image of Daredevil clinging to a large cross on the top of the church was replicated for the film.
Whilst not Catholic myself I do find this aspect of the character to be quite fascinating and I find myself wondering about the theological leanings of other characters. Particularly when so many would seem to contradict a church view of the universe (Superman is an alien for instance).
To be honest the only other character I can think of who is open around their faith is probably Thor, for obvious reasons I guess.
I’m also not calling for more openly religious characters either, the same way that I’m not calling for more openly gay characters. If a character feels naturally inclined towards a disposition then I say go for it for story sake. Not to check a box and pat yourselves on the back for how fashionable you are.
So I like the Daredevil having this dance with committing to his faith outright (as I believe is implied by the film). He has to work outside of the system which in this case also means the institution of the church.
I did wonder however if Bullseye’s stigmata towards the finale of the film was not a little heavy handed in the imagery? Although the character that they built in the film would certainly be open to the overly dramatic particularly in a church.
So can you guys think of any other religious characters in comic books?
Do you feel faith is undervalued or under represented in the comic book industry?