Daredevil Showrunner Talks His Gritty Hero

Unsurprisingly, Netflix’s “Daredevil” series is set to be a darker and more grounded than a network comic book show ala “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”. Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has now given an extensive interview with Paste Magazine about the new series, how it is progressing, and what take he’s bringing to the material:

“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 s–t 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’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.”

As expected, Frank Miller’s work on the title will have a big inspiration on the series:

“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.”

He was asked about the level of creative freedom he had being both a Netflix series and 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.”

DeKnight confirmed they are already kicking around ideas for a potential second season but aren’t sure if that will happen yet.