DAREDEVIL Taking Cues From THE WIRE

Written by Andrew Pollard Tuesday, 30 December 2014

TV News

With the first of Marvel’s Netflix-exclusive shows, DAREDEVIL, set to debut early next year, a few of the minds behind the show have been given fans some details on what they can expect on the Charlie Cox-starrer.

Speaking to EW, Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, said, “It does take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s all connected. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that we would look up in the sky and see Iron Man. It’s just a different part of New York that we have not yet seen in the Marvel movies. Within the Marvel universe there are thousands of heroes of all shapes and sizes, but the Avengers are here to save the universe and Daredevil is here to save the neighbourhood. There aren’t going to be people flying through the sky. There are no magic hammers.”

With Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin, set to be the ‘bid bad’ for the show’s first season, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight added, “Fisk has very many different aspects so it’s not all, ‘I want to conquer the city and make a lot of money.’ 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. We really wanted to take our cue from THE FRENCH CONNETION, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, TAXI DRIVER, and make it very, very grounded, very gritty, very real. We always say we would rather lean toward THE WIRE than what’s considered a classic superhero television show.”

DeKnight continued, “When I came into this there was no way I wanted to make this hard-R or NC-17. I don’t think the material warrants that. It is a little grittier and edgier than Marvel has gone before, but we’re not looking to push it to extreme graphic violence, gratuitous nudity or anything like that. The story does not require that and I think would suffer if you pushed it that far.”

The official word on DAREDEVIL reads:

Starring Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsely aka The Owl), Vondie Curtis Hall (Ben Urich), Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley, Wilson Fisk’s right hand man), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa Fisk), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk), Marvel’s DAREDEVIL follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the superhero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

The Netflix-exclusive DAREDEVIL will debut in early 2015, paving the way for the A.K.A JESSICA JONES, LUKE CAGE, IRON FIST and THE DEFENDERS series.

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