When Does Daredevil Get His Suit in the Show?

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Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, is known for many things – being blind, having a law firm, and having superpowers, of course. However, the most recognizable thing about Daredevil has to be his horned red suit. Still, in both the comics and the ‘Daredevil’ TV show, the signature red suit wasn’t the first one the justice-seeking vigilante wore. So, when does he get his famous suit in the show, and how? Let’s find out.

  • Article Breakdown:
  • In the ‘Daredevil’ TV show, Matt wears a similar makeshift black suit and rag throughout the entire first Season until the last few frames of the season finale. Melvin Potter – Kingpin’s tailor specializing in lightweight bulletproof clothing – makes the first version of Daredevil’s red suit for Murdock.
  • The suit was upgraded two more times, completing the outfit in Season 2 before Matt abandoned it entirely in Season 3 and returned to his makeshift black suit.

What was Daredevil’s first suit?

Daredevil’s red suit with signature red horns and red eyes is by far the most popular and recognizable look for the crime-fighting vigilante from New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. However, it was not the first suit in which Daredevil was ever seen in the comics; neither by release date of the comics nor chronologically in Matt Murdock’s story since he gained superpowers and became Daredevil.

The first time we’ve seen Daredevil don one of his vigilante suits was actually right away in ‘Daredevil’ #1. That first suit we saw Daredevil wear was black and yellow, and he made it with eye holes to shield his identity even further by hiding the fact he was actually blind and didn’t need the holes in the first place.

Several issues later, Matt upgrades to his now-famous red suit in ‘Daredevil’ #7, marking the beginning of an era where the red devil took off as one of the coolest, most popular Marvel heroes. The suit’s design changed numerous times, but in the end, the red suit kept coming back.

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That’s the order of suits that we first saw Daredevil wear – but those weren’t his first suits chronologically. Back when Daredevil was just starting his vigilante career, he actually made his first suit out of his father’s old boxing robes. It was a suit very similar to what we saw Daredevil don first in the TV show, but we’ll get there.

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That first suit, also referred to as the ‘Prototype Suit’ sometimes, is an all-black makeshift costume made out of usual clothes, sneakers, and a rag to cover Matt’s head and eyes and hide his identity. We saw Daredevil in this combination for the first time in ‘Daredevil: The Man Without Fear’ #4.

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Now, in the Netflix series, ‘Daredevil,’ Matt Murdock had a similar path with his suits, so to speak – we’ve just seen a different chronological order of their appearances.

When did Daredevil get his suit in the TV series?

Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ was by far the best Marvel original show on the platform. Unfortunately, it was canceled after three seasons despite great reviews and feedback from the audience that absolutely adored Charlie Cox’s portrayal of the blind vigilante. From the first episode, we get to follow Matt’s path as Daredevil.

However, we don’t get to see Daredevil’s signature red suit in action until the second season. In fact, the first time we’ve seen the suit at all is in Season 1’s finale, in only a few frames near the end of the episode.

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The first suit we ever saw Cox’s Daredevil wear was a makeshift black vigilante suit, quite similar to the one in the comics. It consisted of black-and-white sneakers, black sweatpants, a black sweatshirt, and a black rag Matt wore over his head and eyes to hide his identity. It basically gave Daredevil sort of a cool ninja pirate look.

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Unlike the comics, though, that was the only suit Matt made himself. In the Season 1 finale, when we actually saw his red signature suit for the first time, we learn that it was made for the NYC vigilante by Melvin Potter, who tailored it for Daredevil.

However, not knowing that the hero was actually blind, Potter made eye holes for that first iteration of the suit. I loved that little detail, considering the fact that Daredevil’s first suit in the comics also had eye holes – though they were made by Murdock himself to further disguise his identity.

Four episodes into the second season, the Punisher shot Daredevil in the head – the helmet of his suit, that is – so Melvin did some repairs on the suit after that. While he was at it, Potter had made some improvements to the suit, including new add-ons to complete the suit itself.

However, the attire was completed only after Daredevil got his upgraded billy club from Melvin when he and Elektra visited the tailor to get a new suit for her.

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When Season 3 came, everyone actually thought that Matt was gone. He abandoned the suit, believing he outgrew what the suit represented and symbolized, so he returned to his roots – the black, homemade, makeshift suit made out of a sweatsuit and some cloth.

Now, it was certain that Murdock would come back to his suit eventually in Season 4 or beyond, but that never materialized since the show was canceled after a successful third season.

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And then, what do you know? Charlie Cox is back as Daredevil in the MCU, starting with cameos in ‘She-Hulk’ and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home,’ leading to a new standalone TV series called ‘Daredevil: Born Again.’

I can’t wait to see what the costume designers come up with and which epic Daredevil look we’re getting next, but I’m sure they will take the liberty to explore their options a bit more and play with the visual appearance of the famous horned suit that screams justice for all.

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