Netflix’s “Daredevil” may start a new wave of telivised super heroes by taking a much darker path.
Here is everything currently known about the production, cast, and plot.
” Daredevil ” has already been cast with Charlie Cox in the title role of Matt Murdock.
Also Vincent D’Onofrio (” Law and Order: Criminal Intent ,” ” Men In Black “) has also been cast as the nemesis Kingpin.
Rosario Dawson is also expected to appear in the first episode.
Production is already underway.
“Daredevil” is not expected to debut on Netflix until 2015.
The remaining “Defenders” (Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage) and their expected TV series are also expected to be introduced over a one-year period, MoviePilot reported.
The most recent news is that Bullseye, one of the most iconic villians from Daredevil, will not be making an apperance on the show. The Guardian reports, “Showrunner Steven S DeKnight, who previously worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the violent Starz series Spartacus , promised a morally ambiguous story.
“There are no heroes and villains, just people making choices,” he said.
“There will be times on the show when you won’t be sure who to root for.” He also pointed to Frank Miller’s influential run as artist and writer on the comic in the 1980s as a touchstone for the series.” “According to Cox, partnering with Netflix allowed the writers a greater degree of freedom than network TV – “We can go a little darker” – and the streaming service’s signature strategy of releasing every episode of a series simultaneously would make for a more satisfying viewing experience.
“You don’t have to rely on cliffhangers, you can spend more time on real story,” he said.
“It’s going to feel like a 13-hour movie.” The hundreds of fans crammed into Hall 1-D cheered at the prospect.” The Wall Street Journal Blog reports, “We’re meeting a man who is a lawyer by day and believes in law and justice, and at night is taking the law into his own hands and deciding what justice should be,” said Charlie Cox, who stars as Matt/Daredevil.
“It’s a constant struggle for Matt Murdock, and oftentimes he crosses the line, and one of the questions we ask in this show is how far will he go?” added Steven S.
DeKnight, the series’ show runner.
“There’ll be times on the show when you’re not quite sure who to root for.
The Hollywood Reporter quots Cox as saying, The concept that he can’t stop. He’s going out, and he’s taking the law into his own hands, and he doesn’t know if he can stop. He might be addicted to it.” Marvel and Netflix are teaming up to bring product bringing the heroes of “The Defenders” to the small screen. “The Defenders” superhero team includes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
Each superhero has been greenlit for a 13-episode season. Compared to The Avengers, The Defenders are a smaller scale, more, realistic (as much as that word can apply to super heros), darker, less family-oriented team.
Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said, “What we love about this particular set of heroes is that they’re a little more down to Earth.
Costume wise and also in that these are gritty crime stories, more in the streets than in the clouds,” Sarandos said, MoviePilot reported.
The four characters’ seasons will eventually culminate into one big show with “The Defenders,” LA Times reported.
If “The Defenders” is successful, then it can be brought to the big screen.
While “Daredevil” is going into production, that leaves the rest of the team and their roles up for grabs.
At the moment, however, Jessica Jones is the next superhero of “The Defenders” scheduled to go into production, Empire reported.
“Right now, the writers’ rooms are open and they’re looking at casting Jessica,” Sarandos said.
“Eventually the series will run very close together.
You can then have a separate season where the characters will cross over.” Daredevil has been filming in New York this summer for a few weeks already, and a few set photos are already making he rounds.
In a move that makes perfect sense, Sarandos spoke of how the project would use what Marvel did with The Avengers as a template.
“It was really based on the theatrical model of the Avengers.
Could you take another group of characters, the Defenders, and go about it the same way? “Normally they do the big movie and then eventually they get to the group origin story.
Having 13 hours to tell each of these stories, you can go right to the origin story and the action at the same time.” “It has definitely been talked about,” he said when quizzed about crossover potential.
Netflix series, and he’s clearly given considerable thought to what he thinks can and should work in Daredevil’s world.
In a new interview , he revealed a little more about the tone of the show, and what their vision for Matt Murdock and Daredevil is.
“…we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray…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 humans.
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.” “There are two sides to this character.
He’s literally one bad day away from becoming the The Punisher! Frank Castle went just a little bit further than he did.
Daredevil has no qualms about beating the hell out of somebody.
He’s not going to tie them up with his webs! He’ll come close to killing somebody.
And it’s that fine edge-Why doesn’t he go all the way?” Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, recently did an interview about Daredevil Netflix, and said, ” 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.
And it’s very much how it is in the comics, which is that Daredevil — yes, one could argue that at some point he’s been an Avenger but hey, you know, the reality is that so has everybody else [laughs].
The idea is that this is the world of people who are there to protect the neighborhood and if you believe in the neighborhood the way you believe in the planet then the emotional context is just strong.” “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.” Again, Daredevil stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson “The Kingpin” Fisk.
It should arrive in May of 2015.
After Daredevil, expect Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders to follow.