I’m gonna say it, I think the Daredevil movie from Mark Steven Johnson is very underappreciated. Yes, it’s flawed and silly in parts but there’s a lot to like in there too – especially in the Director’s Cut.
Anyway, Marvel television executive Jeph Leob was interviewed by KFI AM 640 and he went out of his way to let the fans of the Man without Fear know that they learned from those mistakes and this outing will be a very, very different affair: “When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we’re not doing, go watch the movie. If you want to know what we’re doing, it’s very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that’s really what television and our films really do is that we take the best….We hope and we’re very confident that this is the beginning of something that’s very exciting on Netflix.” -
He went on to talk about Avengers and the events at the end of that movie which saw aliens poring through a wormhole above New York: “When I watched The Avengers, which is really one of my favorite movies, during the scene when the sky opens up, the Chitauri are coming and there’s a giant battle over by Grand Central Station, even in the theater I was thinking, ‘In the true Marvel Universe if you go about ten blocks over and an avenue down, there’s a place called Hell’s Kitchen and in that world are characters like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, and those characters are not going to be involved in an inter-warfare-universe-colliding incident. That’s what the Avengers do and they do it really, really well and those movies are incredible. We wanted to have an opportunity to be able to tell stories about our street-level heroes and how that they could possibly interact in the world of Marvel without it feeling like it’s completely detached and by the same token feeling like it’s part of that world.”
So it looks like Leob aims to make Daredevil a smaller, darker and more intimate affair. Is this ok with you guys? Personally, I think all of us at FTN cannot wait to see what emerges from this new series…