The 50+ ways in which Marvel’s Daredevil reminds you that Matt is blind (for real)

Since this post was originally published, I have also written a follow-up piece featuring details from season two and The Defenders

I did not set out to write a manifesto, but I don’t really know what else to call this post. A plea perhaps? I suppose what makes it a “manifesto” is the amount of heartfelt emotion that I’ve put into this post. For as long as I’ve been a Daredevil fan, I’ve always been very protective of his “blind side.” Regular readers of this blog (which passed 800 posts just last week) know this. I know quite a few of you agree with me. Others are probably tired of my occasional rants on the subject, but thanks for sticking around anyway.

This is me pouring my heart out. Again. And my end goal is this: I want to elevate the way “we” (fans, creators, and critics) speak about this character so that it truly reflects his full complexity. Most people have no trouble doing this when it comes to his “lawyer who breaks the law” state of moral shadiness. But when it comes to his physiology, far too many people accept the creed of “my other senses more than compensate” (see, for instance, Daredevil #168, by Frank Miller, below) without a second thought. The problem is that this has always been, and always will be, a logical fallacy. It’s a tagline, a shorthand for describing the character’s powers in one brief statement. And, it’s inaccurate. We can do better.

Scene from Daredevil #168, by Frank Miller. Matt meets Elektra for the first time and comes clean about his powers, saying. "I'm blind, but I have other abilities that more than compensate."

This post is the result of the copious amounts of notes I took on various trends and patterns during season one, which is why I’ve been able to throw something this lengthy together in one evening. Most of what you’ll read below has been living in an Excel sheet that I put together two years ago. This is the reason it only covers season one, though much of this obviously holds true for season two as well. The reason I’m getting this out now has to do with some of the ways Daredevil actor Charlie Cox has been talking about the character he plays so well in several recent interviews, where Matt Murdock is described as a lie, Daredevil is the true identity, and Matt is only pretending to be blind (in some cases, “blind” is even exchanged for the much broader term “visually impaired” which makes the statement even more questionable).

But there’s also a reason I’ve been hesitant to put this down in writing as boldly as I’m doing here, and that boils down to the fact that I don’t wish to “shame” anyone, least of all someone who seems as genuinely nice and caring as Charlie Cox. Who, I should add, does a fantastic job in the role, and who I know has shown an incredible amount of dedication to making all aspects of Matt Murdock’s life as real as anyone could hope for (and he’s also said plenty of things that actually run completely counter to the bits I’m giving him a hard time about here). I’m actually quite dismayed by the current “outrage culture” that sees people being shamed for using slightly outdated terms, not expressing themselves “just right,” or for not being “woke” enough. I think it’s sad when we expect the worst of each other, scrutinize every word someone says and don’t give people the benefit of the doubt. I am not going to be a part of that. In fact, I even suspect that some of the wording that I’m reacting to may actually have come about as a result of not wanting to offend.

Stan Lee has talked about how worried he was, back when Daredevil made his debut, that blind people would find him offensive, that they would say “We can’t do that!” And I’m sure there are droves of blind and visually impaired people who do find the mere concept of Daredevil offensive, just as there are many that feel just the opposite. (What people actually find offensive obviously varies greatly from person to person.) Still, I would imagine that people associated with this show may actually feel that underscoring that Matt only “pretends” to be blind is the best way to shield Daredevil from criticism. Add to this that Cox’s description of Matt hasn’t surfaced in a vacuum but actually reflects how many of Daredevil’s fans and past creators would talk about him as well. I happen to disagree with this decision, and feel that a chance is being missed to highlight the fact that, for many people, vision impairment is more complicated than the simple blind-sighted dichotomy suggests, and that Daredevil is actually an interesting example of this.

So, what gives? What is this “more elevated” way of talking about Daredevil that I’m suggesting gives a better and more complete understanding of the character? Certainly, I can’t be suggesting that Matt doesn’t live a life where there isn’t a lot of pretense? And no, I’m not suggesting that. I quite agree with Cox and many others who would point to the many ways in which Matt Murdock’s civilian life is a façade. It very obviously is, and I agree that Matt likely feels very conflicted about this. But I wouldn’t call “Matt Murdock” a lie. I would call him a necessary half-truth. Matt’s heightened senses allow him to be Daredevil, and to do a number of other things that you would not expect of someone who is totally blind, but they don’t – and here’s the kicker – actually make him sighted. Part of the irony of Matt’s peculiar condition is that if his senses actually did compensate for his blindness in any and all situations, he wouldn’t have to “pretend to be blind” in the first place. The reason I’m saying that “my other senses more than compensate” is a logical fallacy is that it is true in some situations, not quite true in others, and not even a little bit true in others still.

There is a reason that Matt Murdock the college student, if he wishes to keep his heightened senses hidden, has no choice but to go “full blind guy.” His advantages over any other blind student in a setting like a college classroom is pretty much nil. He can’t see the blackboard (whiteboard these days), the slides, or whatever movie is being shown. He may know what the professor ate last night, but that’s probably not particularly relevant to next week’s homework. If he wants to type up a paper, he needs to use a computer with a screenreader. (This bit, almost all fans seem to get intuitively, just going by the number of rather inane “how are you tweeting this?!” comments directed at the official Daredevil Twitter account. Sadly, these people seem to have missed the part where Matt owns and operates a computer on the actual show…).

Even Matt Murdock, the lawyer, would find himself in a situation where he, if he were to unwisely try to use his heightened senses to pass for sighted, would find himself severely limited. Many pieces of evidence are highly visual in nature. If he didn’t exercise his right to have photographic or video evidence described and transcribed to him, he would be less effective at his job.

The civilian identity places physical and behavioral restrictions on Matt, there’s no doubt about that. It makes sense that Matt would, at times, find these restrictions limiting and tiresome. And yes, they would often make him feel like a phony. I would point out though, that the Daredevil identity also comes with restrictions. I understand and empathize with Matt’s need to be Daredevil, I understand the immense freedom it gives him. But the thing is, Daredevil can only exist in Daredevil’s world, where the need to be able to see and interpret strictly visual information is minimal, and most situations can be solved by doing exactly those things Daredevil does best.

The mundane truth, however, is that “Daredevil” has to eat, make a living, find a place to live, go to the store, and transport himself over greater distances than his billy club can take him. He has to interact with regular people he is not beating up for information, and generally exist in a society where there is a truckload of incidental visual information that he is not able to see and that his other senses really don’t make up for. The reason people rarely think of these situations is because they are generally not something you would see featured in the comic. You see more of them in the show, but even then we have to live with the fact that following Matt to Barney’s so he can shop for a new suit does not make for riveting entertainment. This means that there is a natural bias in most Daredevil stories against featuring the more mundane situations where his blindness might be an issue.

Panel from Daredevil #301, by D.G. Chichester and M.C. Wyman. Daredevil, in battle, thinks to himself: "My head swivels up at the voice, partly for appearances, partly reflex from when I could still see."

So far in the Netflix show, Daredevil has rarely found himself in situations where he awkwardly has to pretend to be able to see in the traditional fashion – his meetings with Melvin Potter are an interesting exception – but these situations do exist in the comic (see a couple of my favorites here, and here). Where Matt can really be his true self is around people who know about his senses, but these situations too do not suggest that he can see in the traditional sense. He does have his own unique way of interacting with the world that is unlike that of a (totally) blind person, but also unlike that of a sighted person. Even something as simple as communicating with the eyes, through eye contact and almost imperceptible glances, is a big part of how (sighted) people communicate. Matt conducts himself differently. Having to pretend to be more functionally blind than he is, is not Matt’s natural state of being, but neither is having to pretend to see things he cannot or conduct himself in ways identical to someone who can see. Perhaps Frank Miller put it best: “The hidden identity can be a relief, Bullseye. When I’m Murdock, I don’t have to use my amplified senses to pretend I’m not blind.” (From Daredevil #191, Roulette)

Matt goes to visit Chuckie, in Daredevil #191 by Frank Miller, quoted above

In many ways, Matt is more typical of a visually impaired person – in the broader sense of the world – than most people realize. Of all the people who find themselves in this category, the totally blind (or nearly so) are the minority. Most exist in a gray area and are perhaps best described as partially sighted. Someone with retinitis pigmentosa, who has lost most of his peripheral vision, might need a cane but can read a regular book with his sharp central vision. Someone with macular degeneration might have a fuzzy central blindspot and need screenreader software, but be able to get around quite easily without a cane, reach for objects with no trouble and not be pegged as blind by the casual observer, even when classified as legally blind. They can see some things, but not others. Kind of like a certain someone we know. To deny this is to sell him short.

With this longish preamble out of the way, let’s get to the many ways that the Netflix show actually proves my point. Overall, the show really does an excellent job of handling Matt Murdock’s strange blend of blindness and heightened senses. In fact, all things taken together, I can’t think of a single run of the comic – with the possible exception of the recent Waid/Samnee/Rivera/Martín run – that has been more successful in this regard. Which is why it’s ironic that these things aren’t talked about more accurately by the people who do everything right to make this work on screen.

“The List”

  1. Episode 1 (at 08:45) – The phone swipe

    Matt’s phone announces that he’s receiving an incoming call from Foggy. He responds by using gestures on his smart phone. Pretty much exactly as any other totally blind person would, and in this particular situation, his heightened senses completely fail to compensate in any way.

  2. Episode 1 (at 10:45) – The view

    “You can flip a coin with your partner for it,” says the real estate agent. “He can have the view,” Matt responds when he and Foggy are looking at offices for their firm. It makes sense that Matt would offer Foggy the room with the view, if he wants to hide his senses. It also makes sense because he legitimately can’t see the view or derive any esthetic pleasure from it. Does not being able to see the view detract from his crime fighting? Not in the least. But, enjoying the view of the Hudson river is clearly something Foggy can do that Matt can’t. Because he cannot visually detect any light. It’s that simple.

  3. Episode 1 (at 15:05) – The braille watch

    Matt and Foggy check the time while interrogating Karen, this in response to her asking how long they’ve been practicing law. Matt has a braille watch. Which makes perfect sense since he wouldn’t be able to see the face of a regular watch. Because he’s blind. Incidentally, the braille watch is perhaps the earliest adaptive device featured consistently in the Daredevil comic.

  4. Episode 1 (at 15:45) – The notepad

    Matt subtly indicates to Foggy to take down what Karen is saying on his notepad. Matt could write if he wanted to, as can many other blind people, though he would be subject to the same difficulties in that he can’t monitor what he’s writing while he’s doing it (in a way that is analogous to how a deaf person can’t hear his or her own speech). He could use a notetaker device for the blind. Either way, the act of taking handwritten notes would not be something he would approach much differently than any other blind person. As for reading them, he’s got a leg up, if we’re going by traditional canon.

  5. Episode 1 (at 19:45) – The dictaphone

    Matt's dictaphone, as seen in season one, episode one of Marvel's Daredevil

    Matt is double-checking the dictaphone on his table by running his hand over it, possibly to verify that the braille labels that are revealed on a later close-up are still there. I will absolutely go along with his playing up the blind guy bit here, but the case I’m making is that it’s completely logical that he would label buttons on various things, either by using braille labels or little plastic “bumpers”. If he had a TV, one such item would be the remote control (I challenge anyone with a semi-complicated remote to know what all the buttons are without looking at the often tiny numbers and symbols on or near them). Another such item would the microwave or oven in his house. It just makes sense. This information is simply less accessible to him than it is to someone who sees with visible light.

  6. Episode 1 (at 25:15) – The signs around town

    “I’ve seen their signs all over Hell’s Kitchen,” Foggy says when Karen tells them about Union Allied leading the reconstructions of the city. Included here simply because Matt wouldn’t have. Because he can’t see signs.

  7. Episode 1 (at 29:30) – The billboard

    Matt talks about how he got the apartment cheap because he’s not bothered by the giant billboard outside. Which he wouldn’t be because he can’t see it (for the same reason that he usually leaves the lights off in his apartment). This is certainly a good thing in this situation (hey, cheap NYC apartment!), but logic dictates that this isn’t the only billboard in town which the vast majority of people can draw information from that he can’t.

  8. Episode 1 (at 30:20) – The styling of hair

    Karen asks if she can ask a personal question. Matt quickly responds with how he hasn’t always been blind. Karen realizes that that’s probably what everyone wants to know and Matt jokingly answers: “That, and how do you comb your hair?” This is, of course, a silly question to ask a blind person as we can assume that the vast majority have no problems combing their hair. It’s included here for the simple reason that while Matt obviously can comb his hair, he would be no better at it than anyone else who is blind since he can’t use mirrors. By extension, anything that falls into the category of personal grooming of the kind that sighted people would do by sight – aided by a mirror – are things that Matt would have to approach the same as any other person with little to no sight.

  9. Episode 1 (at 31:30) – The sky

    “It doesn’t change the fact that I’d give anything to see the sky one more time.” While I question the sincerity in what Matt is saying here (see my review of episode one), there’s no denying that he, in fact, used to be able to see the sky and no longer can. Because he’s blind. Are there other esthetic pleasures of a visual nature that he cannot appreciate that other people can and that he might miss, ever so occasionally? Of course. This doesn’t affect his ninja moves at all, but does point to there being a legitimate sensory deficit.

  10. Episode 1 (at 47:50) – The folding of bills

    Matt hands a folded bill over to the guy at Fogwell’s gym. This is something that regular blind people often do. There is no reason to assume that Matt wouldn’t do the same for reasons that have nothing to do with keeping up appearances. Even if we make allowances for the print reading of the comics, it would be more efficient for him to have a folding system when quickly trying to go through his wallet.

  11. Episode 2 (at 03:20) – The unresponsive pupils

    Claire checks Matt’s pupils for a reaction. They are unresponsive to light. As they should be.

  12. Episode 2 (at 04:10) – The missed light

    Matt gets up to leave and heads straight for Claire’s brightly lit kitchen instead. True, he’s very disoriented, but the sheepish look on his face pretty much confirms that this is not a mistake that a sighted person would have made quite as readily.

  13. Episode 2 (at 11:20) – The missing mask

    Claire is taking care of Matt who is on her couch, as seen in the second episode of Marvel's Daredevil

    Matt wakes on Claire’s couch, disoriented. His first question is: “Where am I?” Not “Who are you?”, that comes next. The order of the questions Matt asks, along with not readily realizing that he’s not wearing his mask (he actually tries to feel for it on his face) clearly indicate that he’s not taking in the scene in the same way and with the same priorities as he probably would if he were sighted. Yes, there’s a massive amount of disorientation involved here, but the subtle differences remain. I’m not suggesting that Matt is necessarily at a disadvantage compared to a sighted person in this scenario, only that his behavior overall is not what we would expect from a sighted person.

  14. Episode 2 (at 18:15) – The facial expression

    Matt to Claire: “You’re looking at me like I’m crazy, right?” Matt has never really been able to detect subtle – or even not-so-subte – facial expressions in the comic, and the same seems to be true here.

  15. Episode 2 (at 22:20) – The searching hand

    Matt finds a knife in Claire’s drawer. How quickly he finds it is certainly impressive for a blind guy, but he does actually briefly explore the drawer with his hand.

  16. Episode 2 (at 29:25) – The inaccessible phone

    Up on Claire’s roof, Matt is hoisting the fake Detective Foster up by a rope, asking Claire – who has the man’s phone – whether she found anything on it. The reason he has to ask? He legitimately can’t see what’s on it and has no way of operating it. Because he’s blind.

  17. Episode 2 (at 32:55) – The feeling of silk robes

    Young Matt runs his hands over his father’s new robe. While this is a young Matt who has yet to learn how to use his senses fully, it would make sense that this kind of exploration would have to happen by tactile means even as he grows up. As a general rule, I can see no reason why Matt would approach something like shopping for clothes or getting the sense of a fabric any differently from anyone else who has a pretty severe visual impairment.

  18. Episode 2 (at 39:40) – The trigeminal nerve

    Claire suggests that Matt try stabbing their captive Russian in his trigeminal nerve, and she shows Matt where it’s located by tracing its path on Matt’s face, near the eye. I’m sure Matt could have made sense out of her gesture even if she had shown him by pointing to her own face, but there’s not doubt in my mind that he would get a less detailed sense of it that way.

  19. Episode 3 (at 12:30) – The big check

    Wesley slides a piece of paper over to Foggy, with an monetary offer printed on it. Later, after Wesley has left, Foggy says of Matt’s doubts that if he could see the number of zeroes on his offer he wouldn’t care. This situation is a minor one, but highlights the fact that Matt can’t casually glance at any kinds of documents strewn about on a table, or posted on a wall, the way a sighted person could. In fact, Matt’s lack of access to incidental and potentially useful visual information (in writing or presented as a graphic), is perhaps the most significant issue not addressed by his heightened senses. With the way the character works, in and out of the comics, he could miss an enormous amount of information available to other people, and never even know it. The reverse is, of course, also true. Matt detects things others don’t, but the two don’t automatically cancel or balance each other out.

  20. Episode 3 (at 14:40) – The sound of a watch

    Matt follows Wesley and listen as he walks to his car, from episode three of Marvel's Daredevil

    Matt follows Wesley by the sound of his watch, then stops at the curb and follows the latter’s moves. By listening to them. This is clearly a case of Matt putting his heightened senses to great use, but let’s not pretend that a sighted person couldn’t have visually tracked Wesley’s movements just as easily, and possibly even more so. This is a classic case of Matt’s senses just compensating, by means that are mostly non-visual in nature, but quite honestly do little more. Matt’s ability to sense the shapes of things in a way that resembles vision also has a limited range.

  21. Episode 3 (at 30:30) – The screenreader

    This scene shows the first real look at Matt’s computer set-up, which includes a braille display. It’s on Foggy to look up the right section of the penal law and read it to Matt, in this particular scene. As a general rule, this is clearly the area of Matt’s life where his heightened senses benefit him the least. As has been comic lore for at least some twenty-five years (I’m counting back to those weird couple of issues in the early nineties where Matt could read computer screens by touch), Matt cannot access screens. He would need to use the same kind of assistive technology as any other person with little to no useful vision. This is not pretense – not part of “the act.”

  22. Episode 4 (at 05:05) – The voice

    Matt to Claire: “Maybe I just like the sound of your voice.” This is probably meant to indicate that non-visual qualities are particularly important to him. As they would be.

  23. Episode 4 (at 05:30) – The burner phone

    Matt hands Claire a burner phone. He asks her to enter her number into it. Which makes sense. And, if this is just a regular phone with no special features on it, he might run into some problems doing it himself. Though dialing shouldn’t be a problem if there’s only one or a few phone book listings as the right sequence of key presses could be learned easily.

  24. Episode 4 (at 28:30) – The Veles taxi cab

    Matt asks Santino if he heard or saw anything that can help him locate Claire. Santino mentions that he saw them get into a cab, Veles Taxi. Incidentally, this specific nugget of information is one that Matt could never have come by on his own, save for someone mentioning it in passing.

  25. Episode 5 (at 00:50) – The breakfast

    Matt is cooking. Which is not at all strange. There is absolutely nothing that says that even completely blind people cannot be great cooks, and I’d like to think that Matt’s heightened sense of smell, in particular, might make him quite adept at it. This scene is included here for the simple reason that Matt’s approach to cooking would probably have more in common with that of a blind person than that of a sighted person. He would determine whether the food is properly cooked by smell or by how it responds to being poked with kitchen utensils. Also, some kitchen equipment, to the extent that he uses it, would probably be of the talking variety.

  26. Episode 5 (at 02:50) – The “world on fire”

    “I can’t see. Not like everyone else, but I can feel. Things like balance and direction, micro-changes in the air density, vibrations, blankets of temperature variations. Mix all that with what I hear, subtle smells… All the fragments form sort of an impressionistic painting.” I take issue with some of Matt is saying here, in particular the bits about balance and direction being quite so high on the list. These are things that clearly help with the acrobatics and the ninja fighting, as they have to do with body awareness, but these are not the kinds of impressions that are vital to the detection of objects in space. With a radarless interpretation of the senses, the hearing of echoes should account for the overwhelming majority of what feeds into Matt’s awareness of space. However, that’s a topic covered elsewhere. The reason I include this scene here, is that at least Matt is clearly stating that he can’t see like everyone else. Which should be obvious to everyone.

  27. Episode 5 (at 03:45) – The actual “world on fire”

    Matt’s world on fire, while a far from ideal way of picturing Matt’s senses, at least brings home the point that he does not “see” particularly well. Well enough to move about freely and make out decent-sized objects? Certainly. As he should. 20/20 color vision? Nope, not even close.

  28. Episode 5 (at 06:00) – The crooked tie

    Matt’s tie is adorably askew. Maybe if he could actually use a mirror, it wouldn’t be… 😉

  29. Episode 5 (at 36:35) – The inaccessible phone, part two

    Claire helps Matt check what's in the phone he found on the crooked cop, as seen in Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix, episode five

    Matt found Detective Blake’s phone while he was roughing him up. Back in his apartment, Claire is going through it to look for clues. She finds a text message that gives the addresses to the locations which will be bombed later. Matt could not have gotten this information on his own. Clearly one of many situations where he doesn’t “operate better than a sighted person”.

  30. Episode 6 (at 12:20) – The movies

    “It’s not as easy as it looks in the movies, you know.” “I don’t really go to the movies. I like records though.” I saw this scene referenced a couple of times in the push to get Netflix to add audio descriptions, because it hightlighted the irony of a show that the main protagonist, if he were a real person, would not be able to access fully. When it comes to visual entertainment, and visual arts in general, Matt is in the same boat as every other totally blind person. This tends to get handwaved away by some fans as inconsequential, and it certainly doesn’t affect Matt’s prowess as a crime fighter (much), but movies and television are not only a major source of information but are a big part of popular culture. It does surprise me that he doesn’t have a TV though. There’s the news, which he might legitimately be interested in, and many shows can be enjoyed by blind people even without audio description.

  31. Episode 7 (at 03:40) – The braille

    Matt is reading braille. Kind of like a blind person who can’t read print. Of course, in the comics, Matt can read print (though this ability has been somewhat downplayed over the years), but regardless of whether this is a real ability in the Netflix show or not – it appears to have been scrapped, for which I’m grateful (though Charlie Cox has mentioned that they did tape a scene for the first season, that was later cut, of him reading newsprint) – I could never find any good reason why Matt would actively choose to read anything but braille when given the option. Preferring print would be like saying “Oh, I’m fine reading six point faded type under poor lighting, in fact I prefer it to reading things comfortably!” In the Born Again story arc, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, Matt actually talks about reading print as an occasional strain.

  32. Episode 7 (at 47:10) – The clean up

    Matt is cleaning up his floor after his fight with Stick, lightly brushing his fingers over the carpet in a way that looks remarkably like what we’d expect from someone with impaired vision. How about that? He then finds the ice cream wrapper bracelet that he made for Stick as a child. It’s his fingers, not his other senses, that recognize it. He knows it by touch.

  33. Episode 8 (at 04:40) – The talking alarm clock

    Matt's talking alarm clock, as seen in episode eight of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

    Matt wakes up to his talking alarm clock. Which makes sense since he can’t see digital displays. Not part of “the act.” (Interestingly, there was another alarm clock on his night stand at the beginning of the series. I guess someone figured that this made more sense.)

  34. Episode 8 (at 16:40) – The screenreader, part two

    Close-up of Matt's braille display, as seen in the eighth episode of Marvel's Daredevil

    Matt is reading something from his computer on a braille display. He’s also got an earpiece for the audio output. Part of his regular blind guy cover or actually useful thing because he really can’t see the screen? Well, both. No pretense involved. Matt would realistically have to “blind guy” his way through the vast majority of his office work, which anyone who has spent more than five seconds thinking about this knows, including everyone involved in this project.

  35. Episode 8 (at 49:50) – The Fisk speech

    Matt is listening to Wilson Fisk give his speech over his computer at home. Emphasis on listening.

  36. Episode 9 (at 19:30) – The newspaper

    Karen shoves the newspaper in Matt’s face, and Foggy says “You know he can’t see that.” As Foggy is about to learn, there’s a lot he didn’t know about Matt Murdock, but on this point, he is absolutely right. Matt is not pretending he can’t see what’s printed on the front page of the newspapers, because he really can’t see what’s on the front page of the newspaper.

  37. Episode 9 (at 22:10) – The art gallery

    Matt meets Vanessa at the art gallery. Where he really literally can’t see any of the paintings. When Vanessa says that “You don’t need sight to appreciate art,” Matt replies that “sight helps.” If we’re talking strictly about visual art, then he’s certainly right. And he would know.

  38. Episode 9 (at 21:00) – The painting

    Matt and Vanessa, admiring her favorite painting, as seen in Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

    Vanessa shows Matt one of her “favorite pieces” and, in a rather humorous misstep, seems to have completely forgotten that her customer can’t see the painting in question. Matt asks her to describe it to him, which she does. There is a lot of pretense going on here: Matt pretends to be a customer, and he pretends to need to use a white cane. There is no doubt about this. He does not, however, have to pretend to not be able to see the painting.

  39. Episode 9 (at 27:05) – The caller ID

    Foggy calls, and Matt dismisses the call, though not before the talking caller ID has announced to both Matt and Father Lantom who the call is from. Clearly, Matt would have no other way of knowing who the caller is.

  40. Episode 9 (at 29:50) – The task better handled by the sighted staff

    Karen tells Matt about how she and Foggy identified the men who attacked her from the photos on their contractor’s licences. Incidentally something Matt would not be able to do. With his being blind and all that.

  41. Episode 9 (at 30:45) – The Nelson & Murdock sign

    Foggy gives Matt their new sign to “look at” and he runs his fingers over it. Despite the embossing and large features, it is unlikely that Matt can get any detailed sense of the sign using his other senses, so it makes sense to examine it by touch. Kind of like a blind guy.

  42. Episode 9 (at 35:25) – The muted TV

    Foggy draws everyone’s attention to Wilson Fisk on the muted television screen behind them. Matt asks Josie to turn up the volume, something he would not have known to do if it were not for the sighted people in his company.

  43. Episode 9 (at 43:35) – The limited “view”

    Matt examines the building plans with his hand, from episode nine of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

    Matt enters the warehouse down at the docks and examines the large prints on the table next to him. He takes his glove off and runs his hand over the building plans. It is unclear how much information he’s getting from this, going by the comic book version of Matt’s powers, he should be able to feel the printed lines under his fingertips, provided the layer of ink is thick enough. However, a sighted person could take in the entire “scene” of what’s on the table in the fraction of a second. There has never been an incarnation of the character that can match or compensate for the effeciency that ordinary vision provides for cases like this.

  44. Episode 10 (at 07:35) – The caller ID, part two

    Karen calls while Matt and Foggy are having their big confrontation. Again, the talking caller ID lets us know it’s from her.

  45. Episode 10 (at 17:50) – The unseen footage

    Foggy mentions “that news footage of you, in the alley after bombings” and then adds – perhaps because he feels the need to elaborate – “the way you were flipping around…” Which is apt because while Matt obviously experienced the scene first hand, he can’t know anything about how he appears in the footage.

  46. Episode 11 (at 05:30) – The task better handled by the sighted staff, part two

    Karen talks about the misfiled piece of papers she found at the county clerk’s office. Incidentally, not the kind of investigation Matt could undertake unassisted with any kind of efficiency.

  47. Episode 11 (at 07:55) – The balloon

    Karen gives Matt a balloon. She tells him there’s a monkey on it. Which he really wouldn’t know if she didn’t tell him.

  48. Episode 11 (at 34:10) – The workshop

    Matt examines the materials in Melvin’s workshop. It’s all very hands on.

  49. Episode 12 (at 37:50) – The blind workers

    Matt inspects the blind workers, as seen in season one, episode 12 of Marvel's Daredevil

    Matt discovers the blind workers. His different way of taking things in is clearly on display in this scene, and here it takes him quite a bit longer to figure out that the workers are blind than it probably would for a sighted person. This is one of those situations where an inability to monitor subtle eye movements comes into play.

  50. Episode 13 (at 05:55) – The people known from their photos

    Karen talks about Ellison being at the funeral, hinting at his disposition. It is unclear whether Karen has ever met him before (probably not), but she could have recognized him from a picture, his byline in the paper, etc. Matt couldn’t have. Matt can, of course, recognize someone’s voice from a previously heard audio feed though.

  51. Episode 13 (at 20:00) – The screenreader, part three

    Matt, Foggy and Karen working in the conference room, as seen in episode thirteen of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

    More office work for Matt. In this scene, we even see him use the computer keyboard, searching for the right key with his fingers. As he would since he can’t see the symbols on them. Meanwhile, Foggy and Karen are searching through a bunch of printed documents that Matt presumably can’t read (though he could potentially scan them and have them transcribed with OCR software). Even though comic book Matt can read print (to varying degrees), the task of scanning entire pages and looking for irregularities is much better suited for vision.

  52. Episode 13 (at 39:50) – The costume

    Matt goes to pick up his new costume and gets an explanation from Melvin what the different colored pieces are for (I guess he’s going to have to find out about which are the better protected areas some other way), and then touches the garment to examine it.

  53. Episode 13 (at 49:55) – The newspaper, part two

    Karen reads about Daredevil in the newspaper. Which, by the way, Matt can’t see. Too bad, ’cause that is one cool first page!

  54. Episode 13 (at 50:35) – The Nelson & Murdock sign, part two

    For the second time this season, Matt feels the Nelson and Murdock sign. It’s impossible to know what is other senses might tell him about that sign (something sqaure and metallic with a surface irregularity where the letters are?), but his sense of touch is still his best bet for getting the detail that others can get visually.

Okay, that’s it. I’ve made my case. Please share this with anyone who needs to read it. At this point, I don’t care if I ruffle a few feathers.

Christine Hanefalk

Christine Hanefalk

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Christine is a die-hard Daredevil fan who launched The Other Murdock Papers in 2007 to share her passion for Matt Murdock and his friends with other fans.

20 comments

  1. What an enjoyable post…no need to apologize for the length!

    One question, though about the billboard in Episode 1. Even though Matt can’t “see” it as a sighted person would, wouldn’t he sense in some way that it was flashing and deduce it was a billboard? Also…I haven’t reviewed Season One in a while, but I seem to remember that after Ep. 1/Season 1, the billboard doesn’t flash in later episodes.

    Thanks, as always, for a stimulating and entertaining post!

    Steve

  2. Exactly these kinds of posts are the reason I like your blog so much 🙂

  3. Very enjoyable and I hope you do the same for season 2. While there are more things in the second that I have issues with, such as the end of the pool game scene, I think there were some nice little touches as well i.e. Elektra and Matt discussing scars as she shows him by guiding his hand. It will be interesting to see what is demonstrated in The Defenders as Matt’s identity is known and pretenses are not needed, but the show will need to introduce Matt and his capabilities or otherwise to the other characters as well as a partially new audience.

  4. I always enjoy your analysis on this topic since it is what makes him such an interesting character to me.

    Matt’s description on how he “sees” the world was one of my favorite parts of season 1, even if the actual visualization was a bit disturbing. I also liked Foggy’s struggle to understand Matt’s abilities in episode 10 (my favorite episode, mostly during the flashbacks). Was he pretending all this time? Was it all a big joke? How many embarrassing things was he aware of that Foggy thought had slid past? Was he taking advantage of Foggy? The “how many fingers am I holding up?” gave me a cringe since I have worn glasses since the 5th grade and can’t tell you how many times people have asked me that. (The answer to which is usually “three blurry ones” if they aren’t changing them back and forth as they ask.)

    In season 2 it is interesting to see how he interacts with Elektra since she knows what he can and can’t do. The scariest scene in that season is when he temporarily goes deaf after being shot in the head, although protected by his bulletproof helmet. You can empathize with his momentary panic because that would probably be his greatest fear. Any equalizing or advantage his sense of hearing (and echolocation that goes with it) usually gives him would be gone. He would be down to his senses of smell, taste, and touch. Even though he may still have part of his “world on fire” view, it would be greatly diminished. Not easy to interact with other people except through his computer or learning a new tactile sign language. Considering he is much older than he was the last time he had to start learning all over, it would be a rough undertaking. (Not that it was easy the first time, but it is harder to learn new things as an adult.) And that is just to get along day to day, not considering attempting to continue as a superhero.

  5. Very nice and detailed analysis. Enjoyed it very much!

  6. One thing I really liked in Season 2 (and you’ve mentioned it in your episode review) was how Matt would sit by and let Elektra handle the visual search, while he sits and listens for an opportunity to use his powers.

  7. Great list. I love the attention you’ve given to this…
    A few thoughts… I still prefer to believe that when Matt is feeling the plans at the warehouse, for instance, he’s purely feeling that they likely *are* plans, rather than the print, per se. But even if we do believe that he can feel print in a meaningful way, then people have to remember that it is the ‘visual’ equivalent of ‘looking’ down a tube 1cm in diameter. No quick scan or overview. Same goes for all the printed info he lets the others handle.
    Luckily he does have the advantage of being able to get a meaningful sense of the space he’s in by more than just the regular amount of ‘natural’ human echolocation; (that *some* blind people have off to a fine art, of course).
    Another thing I believe he’d miss enormously is having a view. I don’t know how far his senses allow him to ‘see’, but pretty sure it’s a lot less useful than just being able to take in a panorama at a glance. And that seems a pretty big downside for a superhero who likes to swing around the city like a monkey..
    Personally, I believe he’d actually feel things a whole lot more than he does. His ‘powers’ may give him a sense of place and a generalised feeling of his surroundings, but the richness of detail of the visual world would be very much absent- and it’s hard to replace that with anything but touch. And as a previously sighted person it’s reasonable to believe that he would miss this sense of visual detail more than someone who has been blind from birth.
    I mean, *I* feel things more than Matt does- and smell them, and although I do have a slight visual impairment it’s not enough to justify my hands-on approach to the world, really. My mum is registered blind, (we have Best Disease in the family) and I have a lot of blind and VI friends via my choir, and on the whole, their use of assistive tech is more or less on a par with Matt’s in the show- but with the Braille notetaker being probably most-used ‘gadget’- and I reckon he’d have one on him at all times, probably..
    As an autistic person I’ve come to believe that in many ways I come at the world less like a regular sighted person- in that I like to take in a lot of non-visual info wherever possible, and I’m not big on eye-contact or all the face-to-face stuff that most sighted (& NT) people seem to put such emphasis on; I can’t really concentrate on listening to someone when I’m looking at them anyway.
    I’ve found conversations with my blind mates far less stressful in this sense, also proving that the importance of eye-contact in regular conversation is generally overstated. Also my sense of smell (and hearing) seems to be far keener than average, and I’m constantly surprised that Daredevil doesn’t have a whole lot more trouble with his sense of smell and hearing. Smelling halitosis across a room isn’t fun, and personally I believe the most important thing to him in a relationship would be things like voice, right, but also smell. It’s hard to get enamoured of someone who doesn’t smell good, and there are things like all his times spent in (presumably) piss-soaked alleyways and dumpsters. If it was me I’d be reeling and recoiling (possibly vomiting! tmi..) from the stench- and always surprised there isn’t more emphasis on that in the show- especially as his senses are supposed to be so much *more* than even a regular blind person.
    Same goes for his super hearing. Can he turn it off at will?! If so, I need lessons… My brother wears hearing aids and always has the problem of everything being equally Too Loud. Something Daredevil doesn’t seem to particularly struggle with…? Correct me if I’m forgetting examples.. haven’t re-watched for some time.

    The bit in the art gallery is such an eye-roll moment. ‘You don’t need sight to appreciate art’ is SO trite. Um, well- yeah- if you’re talking sculpture, maybe- but otherwise I don’t think Matt’s response was anywhere near sarcastic enough, really. Yup- I’m willing to pay thousands for a lumpy canvas to hang on a wall I can’t see…;-)
    What is it with lumpy green plaster walls in New York? They have the same decorator/ handymen in Elementary, apparently…
    Anyway.. enough ranting. Thanks for a great list.

  8. Did you see that NYTimes article about the Defenders?

    “Mr. Cox recalled an early draft of a “Defenders” script where his character, Matt Murdock, was supposed to say that a day didn’t go by where he didn’t wish for his sight to return. But after remembering a scene in a Daredevil comic where the hero says he has no regrets about his blindness, Mr. Cox asked for the line to be changed.”

    It made me think of you!

  9. 800 post? WOW. Happy anniversary! I am staking that this site’s continuum wiill analogously grow many-fold and very soon. This one’s a doozy, congratulations.

    Thank you for laying it all down and out on the line. This is one of your most (mm, no, the most) magnetizing posts. Well, I must confess that it makes me feel better that I’m not the only one who (unintentionally?) tends to rant about MWF more than I mean too. Whew. Thanks. (Odd one out with the Defenders, anyone? Ha, your so funny.)

    I have confessed about having being quite (very) stumped about Daredevil’s abilities when concerning this particular aspect. Thing was, that as a young’n, I was sort of pretty cool with it and relieved when the episode’s “deathtrap” was resolved even with, as mentioned, the “all mighty” radar sense, just happening to so and so, well just ’cause. I could see myself later in my son when reading MWF to him and hearing him ask when fed up, “why can’t he just, you know, “radar his way out” and get it over with, already?”.

    I believe now, that as we were young, it was quite difficult not to, and normal to accept the given influence that the mass media can so easily exert (intentionlly or not). I mean that, it was most times a case of well, so let it be written, so let it be done. Kind of like an acceptance of the hey, it says so right here, so what the hey?

    But still, even from the earliest exposure, this particular phenomenon was always the most pressing, even if in the sublime, that remained under skeptical scrutiny. In the back of my mind there was always the question of “huh? how? what?.. no way man, huh?” lingering.

    And you are SO correct in pursuing what ever means nessecary so that this gray zone of Murdock’s gnostics be brought to the attention of the creators and actors, with the fallacy exposed and dealt with, under the microscope, in the light. Because we all know that this is the critical, cardinal variable that differentiates, distinguishes Matt from all other protaganists. Because it’s due to this “anomaly” (if some wish) that we love him so.

    Yes, I agree. All things considered, the TV series’ creative team(s) have indeed surpassed most all previous attempts concerning Matt’s blindness, this topic, even if in smaller quantity, in particular. Although they have goofed, the effort more than outweighs the somewhat abscence of forethought. Bravo to them. Even Hollywood’s best, “serious” fliks have their share.

    I recall, my problem with reception, as I have said, when I was young. The need to re-and-reread even small paragraphs to even get an inklin. I was fortunate, out of trust, when working as a summertime graphic-arts assistant at a branch of our public libraries, to confess my problem with reception after asking for help from another philology employee who understood at once that I should have been able to descern the very simple required phrases. And she directed me to some alternative college prepatory courses that placed a high emphasis to the degree of critical thinking courses into the program. I’ll never forget the lady.

    I’m thinking of what Le said about Matt’s perception and in particular “enormously missing a view”. And, as I recall as a little kid, squating after the rainfall, and seein the little tadpoles whipping omnidirectionally in the puddles for what seemed like hours and thinking “Wow!”, well. I’m pretty sure that Matt has had these primordial types of visual recalls. It’s kinda tough not to sympathize with the fella. Even knowing pity’s the last thing he’d want, what I’m wondering is about things that I discovered while preparing for higher ed. Such as, some student’s taking to the written directions best, while others take to the audio recant, and here it is a guideline for how one will be tested for the Pan-Hellenic collegiate (SAT’s?) exams. And like more recent evidence that immigration at a certain age, under certain circumstances, for certain people can create a problem (to say the least) with reception. And I was wondering about Matt’s “immigration” and how, if he were in reality thus cursed/blessed, it may render his view. Would it stem to and perhaps even beyond his emotional states? (oh oh, 6th or rather 5th sense coming up? No, don’t worry)
    Furthermore, not to blame oneself for not comprehending all written by every author, for it happens sometimes that they themselves get derailed, even the best.

    I could draft you a blueprint for a stock or hyped ZL1 Chevy V8 revving past 10,000RPM, or an air-cooled VW Type 4 H4 @500bhp from 2.0 Lt.’s for your Ghia Lowlight, or a ’66-’74 B-Series Volvo L4 (highest mileage stock engine with just regular maintainance in the Guiness Book Of World Records), all of them OHV, and better than new to aeronautical tolerances using AutoCad and/or CorelDraw but, darn it.. I can’t operate a microsoft suite’s Word or Outlook or whathave you. My mind just doesn’t go there (zero interest, too much bore me to death skata) and I would need to rely on an associate for memo’s.

    “Three blurry ones, if they aren’t changing them back’n’forth as they ask”. Wow. That’s, like, funny AND plucked up at the same time. Like, why would someone do that? Ha, goodgod!

    That may not be all that uncommon a traite, I too would find myself needing to look at a persons lips rather than their eyes when being spoken to far more often when I was a youngster. And when asking, “hey, hey” and tapping the shoulder of a turned head, ” can you talk this way?”, I would somtimes get a “What, do I have to look at you everytime we talk? What are we in grade school?” or some similar response.

    Oh, and “can he turn the super-hearing off?” is a good one. I recall a post in which Chris mentions what it must be like to hear, like, EVERYTHING, always, 24-7, non-stop.. and concluding with something like, no wonder the poor dude is ususlly in such states of distress OK, I didn’t really wish to go here (for I’m still somewhat stumped) but, since she posted it, perhaps anylizing the full meaning of Millers dialogue addressing Bullseye may provide some insight to this question. When I first encountered it, I got the gist that Daredevil at all costs needs to keep his blindness from ever even entering his antagonists conscious.. but the way that it is worded and reffering to Matt as his secret Identity let the double meaning slip passed me unpercieved.. no no, sorry, actually it had me stumped way up until Chris used it as an example of Matt’s inability. Sort of the way modern Greek is full of double negatives such as.. “Don’t you want any cheesecake?” would be cited as “Don’t you want none cheesecake?” What the intended meaning is “at all”. I think somehow here I got lost kind of the same way. But anyway check it and maybe you could make heads or tails about turning the super-hearing off and on or moderating it somehow, someway.

    Balance and direction sounded pretty smooth when I first heard/saw it (struck that ninja nerve) since I admittedly associate butt-kicking when initially thinking of Matt (I’m working on it though), but yes as you pointed to, he must first hear his way into orientation then the balance and direction would follow . Or gee, you know they may even could have slotted those first two somewhere in between mcro-changes in air density, vibrations, blankets in temperature variations.. then they would have really weighed in some credence to the fragments forming a sort of impressionistic painting.. which is what really had me hooked, since the true impressionists were really the masters of, uhh, moving pictures? Could we say? They got that part right.

    The graphics we’re (definitely) not quite up to par but thank God they didn’t use terms like cubism or, ugh, surrealism or some other disasterous concoctions. Not that I don’t appreciate good work, no matter the label but those feel unfitting in this case (and I am not one to look to long and to hard for clues to make sense out of perhaps senslessness, nor would I advise anyone else to do so either).

    This is the most complete, sensible, and persuasive compilation that I have seen concerning this most significant matter in regards to, yes very well posited, elevating Matt’s character traites in terms of dire need for a true or rather, less harshly, a higher believability factor.

    From what I’ve gathered reading, we are all right behind you so, do not even for one moment believe that any feathers would be ruffled. We all love Charlie, and the people making this work and bringing it to us. I am sure Cox, and all level heads concerned, would be as delighted as could be if he were to be fully informed via a “manifesto” (hAha!) of this caliber. If anybody’s feathers were to be ruffled then they would need to merely take in all of the data presented here (and fully backed furthermore by the evidence found elsewhere on this site) and I am positive that any wrinkled featherheads, oops foreheads I meant, would immediatly be ironed straight out. There is no arguing with pure logic. If any would create and continue strife, then you all know where I will have them written. Correct, right on there!

    And there we go, yes that IS great news xxx.

    Bravo again Christine and so much thanks for all of your effort and time in research, and sharing it with us in such an entertaining way.. hey, heck yes, we’re looking for some serious fun. Be well, all.

  10. I liked this post. Something that I think is missing from your list — Karen and baby!Foggy (and Elektra in season two) all ask Matt personal questions because he’s blind, and that asshole cop in the interrogation talks some smack about his disability. I actually think this happens unrealistically SELDOM in the show, but it’s an experience he has in common with other visually impaired people: he is an object of curiosity or concern to strangers.

    I just read a novel with a visually impaired protagonist who chooses to pretend to make eye contact with central vision he doesn’t have instead of utilizing his functional peripheral vision and looking weird. If a normal dude with no super-senses is tempted to pass for sighted to avoid awkwardness and condescension, it definitely makes sense that Matt would use his abilities to the same purpose when he’s in the mask and can get away with it.

  11. I’ve had two blind coworkers over the year – one was a man with no light perception at all, and the other a woman with advanced retinitis pigmentosa who could perceive color and motion but almost no details whatsoever. It was an educational experience, and as an administrative person part of my job was to help them do their jobs. Sometimes it was making template for the touch-screen microwave (piece of cardboard with holes cut to match the sensitive part of the screen, with braille bits added to explain the “buttons”). Sometimes it was reading material for them, but more often it was converting (via computer) their braille notations into visual print for inclusion in client records,

    Among the memorable bits: when there was a power failure the blind man showed up and offered to go into the pitch dark closet to reset the circuit breaker as no one could find a flashlight and his reasoning was he’s be less likely to hurt himself under such circumstances than a sighted person would. Someone asked “How did you know the lights were out? You can’t see anything.” Answer: when his seeing eye dog started crashing into walls he knew no one could see anything. And yes, he did reset the circuit breaker and from then on when the breaker(s) cut off he was the one who reset them – while shouting “are the lights on yet?” while doing so.

    So I have some experience in working with blind coworkers and really liked how they captured some of that experience in both seasons of the show.

    One thing I’d like to see: Both Foggy and Karen should be picking up some small ability with braille. Not fluency or anything, but in particular Karen, in her role as secretary, is going to be exposed to braille and when that happens you will start to pick up a few things, and Karen might even have a “translation key” for braille. (I’m assuming Matt uses grade 2 braille, which is much faster to both read and write than the cypher-like grade 1 braille once you actually master it. Grade 2 has something like 250 “letters”, many of which are what would be common letter combinations in written English, and even short common words like “but”, “can”, “do”, “the”, and “and”). They also might be able to leave simple notes for Matt (most likely in grade 1). Matt’s office staff would *certainly* have some sort of software to translate back and forth – I used that in the mid 1990’s, today’s versions would be more sophisticated (I used to have to fix a lot of small translation errors).

    Of course, we sighted people read braille by looking at it, not by feeling it.

  12. Tried to count in the examples you gave, but I couldn’t get through the whole list without cracking up and loosing count of.. ha.. how many times you inserted or ended an example with.. “Kiinda like a blind guy would”, or “Quite simple. Because he’s blind”, or “which he really wouldn’t know if she didn’t tell him”, or “which by the way, Matt can’t see. Too bad..”, or “With his being blind and all that”, or “Part of the regular ‘blind guy’ cover, or perhaps..?”, or “he wouldn’t see the face of a watch. Because he’s blind.”.. and realistcally, Matt would have to ‘Blind guy’ his way through”. Just too hilarious.

    Oh, I just couldn’t help re-reading all of those lines were you state so simply and non chalantly “Because he’s Blind”. In addition to being one major conjunction for many of your other reviews and commentaries for coming together.. ha, heck this was one very, very funny post and I just had to say and thank you for it again.

  13. I don’t really have much to say, other than I really enjoyed Broomstick’s story, and of course I agree that people are shortchanging the character by suggesting he can see or “pretends” to be blind.

  14. Wow! Thank you so much for this post! I always love it when I’m reminded of Matt’s limitations. Especially sight related ones.

    That is definitely one of my favorite things about this character and why I cherish him so much.

    I also feel uncomfortable when people forget about this, as this is one of the most important things regarding how he interacts with the world.

    Anyways..

    Thank you so much for your work, Christine! I always put a smile on my face when I get a notification that you’ve posted something on the blog. It never fails to amaze me.

  15. “Thank you so much for your work, Christine! I always put a smile on my face when I get a notification that you’ve posted something on the blog. It never fails to amaze me.”

    Thank you so much, Toia! And thanks to all of you for the comments, they are always much appreciated.

  16. Hi Christine,
    I’m really glad that I accidentally came across your blog about Daredevil/Matt and all things related to him, because now I know I’m not the only one who cares so much about the whole blindness aspect of the character and who enjoys seeing that the writers and actors (especially Charlie Cox) of the netflix show put in a lot of effort to incorporate those situations you mention in your post. I think, it also helps spreading awareness about the fact that blind and visually impaired people can do a lot more than most “ordinary” people think and that there are acual blind people that navigate by using echolocation.
    My boyfriend is blind and finally they made a tv show with a blind main character who doesn’t whine about not being able to see, but has adapted to being blind, using adaptive/assistive technology, has a job, can take care of himself and is confident. Yes, Matt does have super powers but there are still many situations you pointed out where he still is an ordinary blind guy and needs a screenreader, a talking smartphone, a braille watch etc.
    The only thing I didn’t like in season 1 was the scene between Karen and Foggy in which Karen asks Foggy to touch her face like a blind person would do and then he tells her that he only let Matt touch his face once…why do they keep up this myth that blind people want to touch other people’s faces??

    Anyway, thank you for making clear that Matt/Daredevil really is blind and that his “other senses [do not] more than compensate” and I’m glad that they handle it the same way in the daredevil tv show! I’m really looking forward to your next post…

    Sorry for any grammar or spelling errors – English is not my native language.

  17. @BlinderPassagier: Thank you so much for your comment, it’s much appreciated! Yeah, I think you’re right in that a lot of people have really strange ideas about what blind people without superpowers can and can’t do. I’ve even read some fanfic where the author suggested that after someone finds out about Matt’s heightened senses, he no longer has to pretend not to be able to cook. What the heck? Why would anyone get the idea that blind people can’t cook? It’s bizarre.

    “The only thing my boyfriend and I didn’t like in season 1 was the scene between Karen and Foggy in which Karen asks Foggy to touch her face like a blind person would do and then he tells her that he only let Matt touch his face once…why do they keep up this myth that blind people want to touch other people’s faces??”

    Ha ha, yeah me too. I heard that some blind people jokingly refer to this as “gratuitous face touching” whenever it appears in popular culture. 😉 Fortunately, Matt never actually does any face touching on the show, so that’s something at least.

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  19. In episode 12, there is a little moment which caught my attention. Matt (as the Man in the Mask) is talking to Ben Urich, who mentions seeing blind people with backpacks around town. Ben speculates they are mules for the heroin operation and comments, “Nobody’d look at a blind man twice.” Matt agrees, “No, they wouldn’t.” It’s apparent from the way Matt says this that he knows, from personal experience, exactly what Ben is talking about.

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