If I wasn’t already getting excited for the new Netflix original series Daredevil enough, the show runners keep feeding us gradual pieces of information that have me frothing at the mouth for more! With the release of yet another still of Matt Murdock (Daredevil) in action wearing his black wrapped ninja type outfit, this is a big tease for long time Marvel fans who will recognize this look from his origin story Daredevil: The Man Without Fear. We also hear from head of the Netflix original project Steven DeKnight and long time comic book scribe now Hollywood TV show guru Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Heroes)
The newest information from showrunner DeKnight tells us about the direction the Hells Kitchen vigilante will be taking. It sounds like an exact feel of the Daredevil I grew up with in the mid 80’s with the dark and gloomy storytelling by Frank Miller. This Netflix TV show version will follow along the same steps of the blind street level crime fighter that enthralled readers. In classic storylines that dug deep into the emotional state of a troubled hero dealing with the craziness of the villains who haunted his living nightmares. Not to mention a disability which also manifested into a superpower by giving Daredevil (Matt Murdock) special abilities that heightened his other four senses with powers beyond those of a normal human along with Murdock’s rigorous training from mentor and teacher. It has never been easy for Matt Murdock in real life or his hero alter ego’s life.
I would highly recommend reading Frank Miller’s (Batman Year One, Dark Knight returns, 300, Sin City) Daredevil: The Man Without Fear miniseries by Marvel comics if you want a jump-start in what Daredevil is all about. Below are the newer pictures released by Netflix for the upcoming series.
DeKnight promises that his show will be the “exact opposite” of the 2003 20th Century Fox-Ben Affleck film, tho DeKnight will not say just how yet. I do know it won’t be the flop that was the original Daredevil movie which stared Affleck and his future wife Jennifer Garner. As hard as they tried with that movie the campiness really kept the movie from being taken seriously by comic book fans. From what’s been said and shown so far, things do seem to be vastly different for the better of course.
Another bit of information he did so kindly reveal is that the original series will in fact keep the classic comic book origin and also that it’s more influenced by 1970s “mean-street” films like The French Connection and Taxi Driver than then your “traditional superhero titles” as DeKnight puts it.
“It’s a little grittier and edgier than Marvel has gone before, but we’re not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity,”
Added DeKnight. The former executive producer for Starz’s Spartacus series should be very aware of his limits he’s willing to push for a comic book show but still go darker than what we’ve seen so far. I am really liking where this is going if you ask me my fellow geeks!! Staying with a very early ‘year one’ type story like Nolan did with his “Batman Begins” it will be easy to grasp the struggles that Daredevil, a blind man, has to endure to even become a hero.
“There aren’t going to be people flying through the sky, there are no magic hammers,”
Says Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb of Daredevil. Loeb has worked on numerous TV shows after becoming comics most prolific writer with his vast knowledge over anything comic book history wise. With shows like “Heroes” under his belt he knows what he’s talking about
“We’ve always approached this as a crime drama first, superhero show second.”
But don’t worry fellow comic nerds there is great news in the horizon! From confirmed reports from DeKnight himself, sometime in the series….WE WILL SEE THE ICONIC RED COSTUME!!
Netflix Daredevil creators include – Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus) who is showrunner on Daredevil. Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Vincent D’onofrio as The Kingpin, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna, Vondie Curtis Hall as Ben Urich, Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley, Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsley and Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple/Night Nurse.
There is STILL no release date for any of the Netflix series but it was expected to drop at the end of 2014, seems to be headed into early 2015 now. I believe that like all other Netflix original series shows it should be available for binge-watching the date of premiere.