Marvel Television’s “Daredevil” series is picking up speed as the New Year approaches with production officially wrapping earlier in December and official photos slowly getting released. Entertainment Weekly spoke with Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight and series star Charlie Cox about the series, and what fans can expect from the darker, “very grounded” side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to DeKnight, “Daredevil” is “a little grittier and edgier than Marvel has gone before,” but still maintains an accessibility that allows viewers of many different ages to enjoy it. “We’re not looking to push it to extreme graphic violence, gratuitous nudity or anything like that,” DeKnight told EW. “The story does not require that and I think would suffer if you pushed it that far.” The story will, however, looks to be more of a crime story rather than a superhero tale. DeKnight stated the team would “rather lean toward ‘The Wire'” than a stereotypical hero story, while also referencing “The French Connection,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Taxi Driver” as inspirations.
Cox discussed the often used “Man Without Fear” epithet for the hero, and the actor clarified that he didn’t see Daredevil that way. “He is a man with fear, but he on a daily basis decides to confront that fear and to overcome it,” the actor said. “So the title of ‘the man without fear’ is almost a title that the public in his world gives him just because of what he does. But inside himself, he’s very afraid at times. And he finds a way to confront those fears and punch through it.”
Loeb said that “Daredevil” would be “about both the rise of the hero and the rise of the villain,” which includes Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin.
“Fisk has very many different aspects so it’s not all, ‘I want to conquer the city and make a lot of money,'” DeKnight added. “In our story, we tell the story of how he met his wife Vanessa and how they fell in love — our antagonist actually has a love story. That’s the love story you’re following, the one you’re invested in, and seeing how that affects him and changes him. I think Vincent [D’Onofrio] just brings such depth to it, his performance is just astounding.”
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of EW’s interview was that iconic Daredevil villain Bullseye isn’t off the table for the series as a whole, but will not show up in the first season.
“I think if you try to jam in too many characters, it just becomes a mess,” DeKnight said. “And [Bullseye’s] story was told in the last iteration of ‘Daredevil’ that anybody saw. My feeling was, ‘Why repeat it?’ And honestly, if you’re looking for a juicy, multifaceted crime drama, Wilson Fisk was the obvious choice to play the antagonist. Bullseye is a little more cut and dry. Not to say you couldn’t make him fantastic over 13 hours, but Fisk really felt like the right yin to the yang for Matt, and for what we wanted to do this season.”
“Daredevil” is slated to debut on Netflix in 2015.