The Lawyer as Superhero: How Marvel Comics' Daredevil Depicts the American Court System and Legal Practice
56 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2019
Date Written: May 16, 2019
This article will explore on the portrayal of lawyers and the legal system in Daredevil comic books, particularly issues published in the Twenty-First Century. Because the Daredevil movie and the first two seasons of the Netflix television series have already been examined from various legal perspectives in past articles, this piece will highlight legal storylines from the comics themselves. This exploration is important because writers of future Netflix seasons will surely draw story elements from the comics discussed here and will very likely adapt these exact stories, encouraging the larger television audience to seek out and read the original comics. Given the character’s newfound fame and popularity, Daredevil can accomplish a heroic feat few superheroes can – his comics and television episodes can add to the general public’s ideas of legal practice, ideally portraying lawyers and the legal system accurately, or at least positively, turning entertaining, dramatic, action-packed fictional stories into teaching moments about what lawyers should and should never do.
Keywords: professional responsibility, legal ethics, criminal justice, popular culture and the law, pop culture and the law, comic books, superheroes, vigilantes, vigilantism, superhero, Marvel, Daredevil, Murdock
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