Loeb, DeKnight, Cox Talk “Daredevil” Series

Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and producer Steven S. DeKnight have spoken some more about the upcoming Marvel and Netflix TV series collaboration “Daredevil”. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Loeb says the show certainly 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 neighborhood. It’s a very unique look at Hell’s Kitchen in New York, where Matt Murdoch grew up and continues to defend it from people who would harm the people that live there.”

The show’s star Charlie Cox suggests his take on Matt Murdock doesn’t start out as a ‘Man Without Fear’, and this first season will explore that.

“Someone who does not have fear – literally does not experience fear – is not that interesting. The way I like to think about it is that he is a man with fear, but he on a daily basis decides to confront that fear and to overcome it. 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 teases that this season is about both the rise of the hero and villain, with showrunner DeKnight adding:

“Fisk [The Kingpin, played by Vincent D’Onofrio] 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. I think Vincent just brings such depth to it, his performance is just astounding.”

DeKnight also talked about the tone and how dark the material might go:

“We really wanted to take our cue from [films like] ‘The French Connection,’ ‘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. “When I came onto 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.”

With the season-long storyline effectively serving as origins for both Daredevil and Kingpin, this is likely why the character of Bullseye is absent. Nevertheless that doesn’t mean there aren’t plans to include him at a later date:

“I wouldn’t say there’s no plans to include the character in the series. It’s not not to say he wouldn’t be in the series at some point. But I think if you try to jam in too many characters, it just becomes a mess. 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, multi-faceted 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.”