Marvel's Daredevil is finally making its way to Netflix just in time for the weekend, and I couldn't be more excited. After the travesty that was the Ben Affleck movie back in the early '00s, it's high time to give this show the redemption is deserves. But, since Daredevil isn't exactly one of Marvel's more high profile heroes, the question I most hear about him is this: What powers does Daredevil have?
Well, first things first, let's talk about the character. Daredevil's identity in the real world is Matt Murdock, a lawyer living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in New York. When he was younger, he was blinded by a radioactive substance that fell from an oncoming vehicle, and even though he lost his sight, his other four senses were heightened to a superhuman level. As in most Marvel comics, Matt was motivated to fight crime by the death of a loved one — in this case, it was his father, a boxer who was killed by gangsters after he refused to throw a fight. Matt became Daredevil in order to avenge his father, and so "the man without fear" became a crime-fighting superhero. Pretty cool stuff, right? I think so.
Now that we've got the backstory, let's get down to business. Spiderman has his spidey senses, Captain America has his shield, and the Incredible Hulk has, well, his hulk-iness, but what does Daredevil have in his arsenal? Here are his abilities:
His Superhuman Hearing Helps His Act As A Human Lie Detector
Like I said before, when he was blinded, his other senses were heightened, which is pretty sweet and honestly incredibly useful. He can use his superhuman like a lie detector, since he can hear the person's heartbeat in their chest. Too much noise, however, can overwhelm and weaken him.
He Has What's Known As A Radar Sense
It's similar to "proximity sense" that martial artists claim to have. Essentially he knows when someone's nearby, and his ability to detect them is stronger than the average human's.
He Can Read With His Fingers
But it's not as simple as being able to read Braille. His sense of touch is so strong that he can read words in print, so long as he can touch the ink. If a page has been laminated, he won't be able to decipher it.
He's A Martial Arts Master
So this technically isn't a superhuman ability, but it's still pretty badass. Like his father did, he knows how to box, and he's also trained in Jiu-Jitsu, hand-to-hand combat, kung fu, judo, and more.
He's Got Superhuman Smarts
He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, is a skilled detective, tracker, and investigator, and is an expert marksman. You know, all of the good qualities you want in your average attorney-turned-superhero.