Anyone lucky enough to be going to New York Comic Con have been promised some insights into Netflix’s Daredevil series, but for the rest of us stuck anywhere but NYCC we have to rely on bits of info that pop up elsewhere and thankfully they are starting to appear…
Speaking with Paste Magazine, producer Stephen S DeKnight hints that Daredevil will be a very different type of hero than Marvel has given us so far. Infact, he’ll be dancing on the good/bad faultline quite a bit: “With this version of Daredevil we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray. That naturally fits in with the Daredevil character. Matt Murdock, on a regular basis, would get the s@#t beat out of him. That’s one thing that makes him a great character. He’s not super strong. He’s not invulnerable. In every aspect, he’s a man that’s just pushed himself to the limits, he just has senses that are better than a normal human’s. He is human. The other thing that really drew me to this character is that he’s one of the most morally grey of the heroes… He’s a lawyer by day, and he’s taken this oath. But every night he breaks that oath, and goes out and does very violent things.”
DeKnight then says that Frank Miller’s take on the character was a big influence: “The image that always stuck in my mind was the Frank Miller Elektra run where he’s holding Bullseye over the street,” DeKnight continues, “and he lets Bullseye go because he doesn’t want Bullseye to ever kill anyone again. When I read that originally, when I was young, I’d never seen anything like that in comics. Superman scoops up the villain and puts them in jail. This time the hero didn’t do that. It was a morally grey ground that I found absolutely fascinating. There are two sides to this character. He’s literally one bad day away from becoming the The Punisher!”
Daredevil is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.