Entertainment Weekly spilled some new details about Netflix’s upcoming Daredevil series after speaking with Marvel’s TV head Jeph Loeb, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, and Charlie Cox, who plays the titular character.
For one, the show will take a realistic approach to the story. They’re shooting for something reminiscent of The Wire. The relevant quotes:
“We really wanted to take our cue from [films like] The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon, Taxi Driver, and make it very, very grounded, very gritty, very real,” DeKnight said. “We always say we would rather lean toward The Wire than what’s considered a classic superhero television show.” Added Loeb: “There aren’t going to be people flying through the sky. There are no magic hammers.”
According to the article, the show will take place in the same cinematic universe as Marvel’s movies, but will focus on a more localized story in Hell’s Kitchen.It will also be as much about Kingpin as it is about Daredevil (almost, at least).
Another villain, Bullseye, has been said to not be in the series, but it sounds like he’s probably going to make an appearance somewhere down the line. Just not in the first season.
The show will apparently be edgier than most of Marvel’s other output, but will still remain relatively family-friendly.
Daredevil will be the first original series from Marvel for Netflix, but will be followed by shows about Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. These will all culminate in a miniseries event, The Defenders.
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