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Daredevil gets Doctor Who and Luther director Farren Blackburn

June 22nd, 2014 by Marc Comments

Another day, another exciting bit of news on Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil TV series…

This time, it’s not cast member hiring that has us excited, but on the other side of the camera, Doctor Who and Luther director Farren Blackburn has confirmed via Twitter that he will be directing one of the episodes of the show. Blackburn directed the so-so The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe Christmas episode of Doctor Who in 2011 and the really rather great The Rings of Akhaten in 2013.

His work on Luther is very exciting as it’s exactly the sort of tone the dark and gritty Daredevil should be aiming for…

Blackburn remains the first confirmed director for the show so far. Speculation is rife at the minute, but some believe he may be helming the pilot episode. His tweet read:

So excited to reveal I will be directing an episode of Daredevil next for Marvel in New York!!

— Farren Blackburn (@FarrenBlackburn) June 20, 2014

“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus”, “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil”), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”).

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….