For those of you familiar with What’cha Reading, you know we enjoy our television just as much as we enjoy our comic books. So you could be sure that when we learn of a new television series based on a comic book, we all start to embrace our inner child just a bit more. We are very enthusiastic about Marvel’s newest project, “Daredevil”, currently in production. And while we wait for its premiere, we eagerly anticipate any bit of news that releases before May 2015.
Last week saw the release of a few important details regarding Netflix’s upcoming series, “Daredevil.” On Thursday, September 11th, Marvel Entertainment proudly announced that the cast and crew of “Daredevil” will be at New York Comic Con. There will be a panel for the show on Saturday, October 11 where Jeph Loeb and Steven S. DeKnight, for the first time, introduce their cast and partnership with Netflix publicly. This will undoubtedly be a highlight this year for not only Marvel, but also New York Comic Con itself. “New York City is home to Marvel and some of the greatest fans in the world, so we ensured that Marvel Television brought its biggest panels ever to this NYCC,” Loeb said in a Marvel/NYCC press release. “Not only will fans get to experience our incredible partnership with Netflix as we introduce the cast of ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ for the first time, but they’ll get to see the world premiere of a new ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ episode and their first look at the future of all their favorite super heroes courtesy of Marvel Animation.”
For anyone that has a twitter account, “Daredevil” showrunner, Steven S. DeKnight is someone you should be following. Not only is he massively talented (creator of the hit “Spartacus”) he’s also open with fans, known for being quite candid on his current work. We have learned, straight from the horse’s mouth, that in a current interview with Paste Magazine, that “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*** 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 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.” Regarding violence, in response to a question on Twitter, DeKnight went on to say “Less than Spartacus, more than [Agents of] SHIELD.”
As a fan of the “Daredevil” comic books, and having been a huge fan of the Frank Miller run (collected beautifully in three volumes entitled “Daredevil Visionaries”) if asked, I would say that Wilson Fisk a.k.a. The Kingpin of Crime is one of the most fiercest opponents of The Man Without Fear. Having been a fan of Vincent D’Onofrio for quite some time (“Strange Days” anyone?) I couldn’t be more thrilled with him playing Wilson Fisk. He seems to get the importance of the role and, in speaking with Screen Crush, has revealed ““I think – it’s not just me, by the way, it’s the writer. It’s Steven DeKnight, it’s Jeph Loeb at Marvel, it’s the scripts, and it’s me. I think it’s gonna be the… I hope – I should say – I hope it’s gonna be the new way to look at Wilson Fisk. I think there will be no other Wilson Fisk but this one after we’re done with it. That’s what we’re hoping for.”
That about covers it for this “Man Without Fear” update. We will strive to constantly keep you up to date on all the current news regarding ‘Ol Hornhead. Until then, take our dare to have a MARVELous Monday!
*Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is executive produced by DeKnight and Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), who is writing the first two episodes of the series along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville”).
“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.