In an announcement that positively surprised everyone with even a marginal interest in Daredevil and/or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we learned earlier today that a Daredevil series will reach Netflix subscribers the world over in 2015. The Daredevil series is part of a complete package of four other Marvel offerings – the other three showcasing Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, respectively – and culminating in a Defenders mini-series featuring all four heroes. Each series will run at least thirteen episodes.
This is really a huge deal for both Marvel and Netflix (and us!), and for anyone who is interested in the details of all of this, as far as they’re known, I recommend any of the following links. When you’re done with that, I’ll tell you a little bit about my hopes and fears!
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- Disney’s Marvel and Netflix Join Forces to Develop Historic Four Series Epic plus a Mini-Series Event (Marvel.com)
- Comic Reel: Marvel Television Coming to Netflix (CBR)
- Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones TV Series Coming to Netflix; Leading Into The Defenders Miniseries (IGN)
- Disney and Netflix in Deal for Series Based on Marvel Characters (New York Times)
- Daredevil returns: Marvel teams with Netflix for comic book TV series (Los Angeles Times)
First of all, I should say that my overall reaction is one of excitement. It’s fantastic to see Daredevil back with Marvel, and that they are clearly eager to put the character to good use. I’ve also mentioned before that I think Daredevil is a better fit for a television show than a movie. This way, we’re getting thirteen hours (assuming each episode is an hour, eight hours if it’s forty minutes) instead of two hours of Daredevil entertainment. That, in turn, makes it possible to spend more time developing the character. I look forward to a nice balance between Matt Murdock’s private and professional life, and his swashbuckling antics as Daredevil.
I would love to see a nice legal/crime drama with maybe just a touch of humor, and several touches of superheroics. At the same time, I don’t think that making the most of Daredevil’s senses requires a massive special effects budget, and we really don’t need to see Daredevil bouncing around town like Spider-Man (as in the 2003 Daredevil movie).
One of the few concerns I have is that they cast someone much too young to play Daredevil. So many of the actors who were apparently up for the part (back when it looked as if a new Fox Daredevil movie might still happen) had that teenage heartthrob thing going on, and that wouldn’t feel right. Please, get someone who’s at least thirty (and looks it) to play the part!
Another thing that’s a constant concern whenever a change is on the horizon (whether it’s something like this or a change in creative teams), is that they go completely overboard with the senses in a way that goes against the grounded nature of the character. Hopefully. Waid & Co.’s treatment of Matt Murdock – in terms of both strengths and weaknesses – will have made enough of an impression on the people in charge.
I will most certainly have reason to return to this news, but for now, let’s hear from you guys! I will also share the comments that were left on the Facebook page, as seen below