For those who’ve now had the chance to finish all of the first season run of Marvel’s “Daredevil” on Netflix, show runner Steven S. DeKnight has now spoken in detail about some spoiler-related questions that fans have had regarding various topics brought up in the series.
DeKnight is opting out as show runner for the second season due to a prior commitment, but is open to coming back for a potential third season should it happen. In a long interview with THR, he touched upon various topics regarding the show including the suit design, the death of a key character, and tie-ins with other Marvel/Netflix shows in the works.
The Red Suit
The mask’s length was changed to cover right down to the base of Charlie Cox’s nose – “We discovered when we were trying to design it that if you didn’t bring it all the way down, you could clearly tell it was Charlie. Not only did we have the suspension of belief that nobody would know ‘hey, that’s Matt Murdock’ we also had the practical problem of it becoming almost impossible when it came to switching in and out our stunt double. So we had to make that adjustment.” He also says they spoke a lot about a ‘DD’ symbol being on the character’s suit but opted not to include it – at least not yet.
Asked about why the character is never referred to as ‘The Kingpin’ in the narrative, DeKnight says: “There was no real natural way to get to Kingpin. It felt a little off. There is a point down the line to get there.”
DeKnight says the decision to kill off the journalist character (played by Vondie Curtis-Hall) was made before he signed on for the project, and he wants to say it was Marvel’s idea: “They really wanted to show that toward the end of the season because we knew we’d get some sympathy for Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), to have him do something truly terrible that would propel Matt into that final endgame in the confrontation with Fisk. And to let the audience know that the gloves were off: just because he was a beloved character in the comics, doesn’t mean he’s safe.”
It appears the elderly Asian woman and underworld figure could tie in to the world of the eventual “Iron Fist” series: “There’s obviously something going on there, as well as with the heroin she’s selling, stamped with the symbol of the Steel Serpent. Could that be another tie-in to Iron Fist? Time will tell. There is obviously more to her than meets the eye. I got a message from Ed Brubaker who asked, ‘Is Madame Gao Crane Mother?’ I can’t even tell you!”.
Meanwhile, actor Charlie Cox has spoken with IGN about the possibility of making a cameo on the big screen as part of the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Yeah that would be awesome – I’d love to do that… And usually when you’ve got a two-hour movie, it’s action-packed, and so I think that’s one of the things that the show has really benefitted from – having that extra time to really get to know and sit with these characters and see them as humans. But I’d love to see ‘Daredevil’ on the big screen again. It would be great. And if I could be involved with that, I’d be thrilled.