We’ve recently heard that the upcoming ‘Daredevil‘ will have a “gritty 70’s New York feel” and now Steven S. DeKnight has given quite a few details on what we can expect from the show. It has to be a darker brawler to give us the true nature of the character.
DeKnight expands on that comment by saying:
“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.”
I love the fact that they are going to push the fact that he really is just a normal guy with a bunch of martial arts training. Of course he isn’t just a superhero, he is also a lawyer who has to break his moral code on a daily basis:
“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.”
One thing a lot of people have been concerned about is that Netflix will be heavily influencing the show’s direction. What people have to remember though is that ‘Daredevil’ is ultimately a Marvel property:
“Netflix has been fantastic. They are phenomenally supportive of the creatives. How much freedom will I have? This is a bit of a different scenario because it’s a Marvel property. Once you have an IP like that, there are restrictions that you have to accept. I’m fine with that, I totally understand. I’ll push it as far as I can, of course, but I also respect the fact that this character has been around for decades. Overall I’ve been surprised at how willing everyone is to take a really fresh look and really push what we’re doing.”
Now, the big reveal is that it sounds like we’re also getting a season two! “Right. I can say we’ve been talking about some very cool stuff for Season Two that, good God, I can’t even hint at! It’s something that would be just fantastic to work on!”
That’s right! Its an unofficial announcement of Season Two if things go as planned.
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Source: Paste Magazine