The Man Without Fear, created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, and appearing in Marvel Comics since 1964, has had a long and storied career, both in print and film. He’s had many moments of sincere triumph and other times in which he has fallen from grace. In his 50th year, the devil is about to be given his due!
After an appearance in the 1989 television movie, “The Trial of The Incredible Hulk” and a 2003 film starring Ben Affleck, Daredevil is ready to return in the form of a Netflix original series. The television series is currently in production and on location in New York City. It is being produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios and will be the first in a series of shows that will eventually lead to a Defenders miniseries. For those worried about this new incarnation of Daredevil, after the much fan-maligned film, CCO of Marvel, Joe Quesada heard your prayers and will not let them go unanswered. After a much publicized and only recently near forgotten bankruptcy that Marvel Comics went through during the late 90’s, many credit Joe Quesada as the creative force that helped steer the ship to safety and usher in the dawn of the modern age of interpreting heroes and villains that many take for granted today. In an interview with CBR this past May, he had gone on record as saying “I think everybody knows my relationship with the character of Daredevil, and how important the character is to me — not just on an emotional front, but on a professional front. How DD brought me back here to Marvel, and how instrumental he was to even me being in this particular position I’m in today. I’m very involved with the show, as well as everything that we’re doing with the Netflix shows. I’m incredibly excited, plus the dark and gritty noir world of DD and the Netflix characters, it’s kind of where I live so it naturally attracts me to begin with.” (Axel-In-Charge: Cup O’ Joe Returns! Fri, May 9th, 2014)
As a fan of Daredevil, along with the Ben Affleck film, a film that I will argue it’s merits until my last day, I am a firm believer in the strategy Marvel is using to bring to life once again Daredevil. And I also firmly believe that fans of The Man Without Fear will be extremely satisfied when he is “born again” next May on Netflix. Marvel Studios have been very smart in their approach to bringing to life their characters and we have seen it done to great success starting with 2008’s Iron Man and this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy. For those wondering where Daredevil, and the planned Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Defenders series will stand within the Marvel Universe, many will be quite happy (and possibly relieved) to learn that it will be placed firmly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe that we have all grown to love and embrace like the universes of Star Wars, Star Trek, and Lord of the Rings. Netflix CCO, Ted Sarando announced that “it was really based on the theatrical model of The Avengers” and that it is not outside the realm of reason that we could all eventually see a crossover between big screen and small screen. In regards to this, Mr. Sarando has said “it has definitely been talked about.” (NETFLIX CCO Says DAREDEVIL TV Series Will Go ‘Darker’ Than Movie, Costume Will Be More ‘Down to Earth’ August 27 2014)
Marvel Comics is one of the smartest and creative of entertainment groups out there. They love their family and are consistent with the meat and potatoes being served to fans, old and new. From the casting of fresh faced and affable, Charlie Cox (Stardust and Boardwalk Empire) as Matt Murdock, to the always excellent Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, ABC and Marvel clearly get it. Much credit must be paid to Principal Casting directors, Julie Schubert, Bess Fifer, Laray Mayfield, and Lis Norton. With a cast this talented and creatives such as Steven DeKnight and Jeph Loeb involved, there should be absolutely no worries or concerns when taking the dare and making the leap with Daredevil.
“Daredevil” is set to premiere it’s theatrical, gritty, and faithful to the books adaptation in May 2015. There will be 13 episodes.