A smiling Daredevil action figure sits in front of a computer monitor, arms raised above his head triumphantly. The opening sequence from the Netflix series Marvel's Daredevil plays on the screen behind him with a newly added audio track selected in the settings menu that reads: "ENGLISH - AUDIO DESCRIPTION." In the corner are two hashtags in red text: ‪#‎Dare2Describe‬ ‪#‎HellYeah‬

The Fight for Audio Description on Netflix’s Daredevil

When Marvel’s much-anticipated Daredevil premiered on Netflix on April 10, the disability community, especially the nerds with disabilities, looked forward to the series in appreciation of the genre, the comic books, and in particular, the blind protagonist, Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil. Unlike other popular superheroes with disabilities that might be cyborgs, mutants, or aliens, Matt Murdock became blind in an accident, a very human and mundane event, nothing supernatural or alien about it. Yes, the radioactive isotopes that he was exposed to gave him certain abilities, but his lived experience as a blind man in a non-blind world also gave him certain skills that became as useful as his heightened senses, ability to take a beating, and mastery of the martial arts.

Very soon after the release of Daredevil on Netflix, people began to realize that blind Netflix users could not enjoy Daredevil’s adventures since the series did not come with audio description.

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