With the Marvel-Disney-Netflix consortium working full steam now to bring to Netflix the all-new Daredevil series, news is filtering out in streams rather than drops on how the show will be composed. Paste Magazine had the opportunity to interview Steven S. DeKnight, tasked with the first showrunner, and once a padawan disciple to master of Marvel Joss Whedon on the set of Buffy.
Gritty. That’s the good word of the day, when it comes to best describing how the new Daredevil Netflix series will be portrayed, and that’s a very, VERY good thing.
Daredevil, Lawyer by day and protector for the crime-ridden streets of Hell’s Kitchen, has often been portrayed as a more gritty, bare-knuckle tale in Marvel comics. What’s nice is having Steven S. DeKnight maintain that same feel you got when reading the comics in the television series. Mr. DeKnight explains further:
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 shit 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.
He continues to explain and define why exactly, Matt Murdock (A.K.A. Daredevil) is fundamentally flawed and falls within the grey spectrum when it comes to dealing with crime…
He’s a lawyer by day, and he’s taken this oath. But every night he breaks that oath, and goes out and does very violent things. The image that always stuck in my mind was the Frank Miller Elektra run where he’s holding Bullseye over the street, and he lets Bullseye go because he doesn’t want Bullseye to ever kill anyone again. When I read that originally, when I was young, I’d never seen anything like that in comics. Superman scoops up the villain and puts them in jail. This time the hero didn’t do that. It was a morally grey ground that I found absolutely fascinating. 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? I really liked the flawed heroes, the human heroes.
Daredevil hits Netflix in 2015 [exact date not yet announced]