Marvel Says Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ Planned As ‘One Large Movie’

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Daredevil Netflix Details Marvel Says Netflixs Daredevil Planned As One Large Movie

Comic fans knew to expect something potentially groundbreaking when Marvel announced their deal to bring four new series to Netflix, with Daredevil the first to be completed. Marvel Comics Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has revealed that the tone of the show won’t be the only thing making the series unique when it reaches Netflix in 2015.

Comic book movie fans may not realize that it was Quesada who helped save Marvel Comics from the brink of bankruptcy – yes, bankruptcy – back in 1998, bringing fringe characters like Daredevil and The Punisher back into the spotlight with a darker, more refreshing approach. Understandably, that history with the visually impaired attorney/acrobatic vigilante has made the upcoming Netflix series one of particular interest to Quesada.

In an interview with CBR, the Chief Creative Officer explained that the Netflix projects are one of his top priorities, overseeing the adaptation of Luke CageJessica Jones, Iron Fist and The Defenders. But Matt Murdock will always hold a special place for the artist-turned-executive (news sure to boost optimism among fans of the hero):

“I’ve been working very, very closely with the entire team on all levels of the show. I think everybody knows my relationship with the character of Daredevil, and how important the character is to me — not just on an emotional front, but on a professional front. How DD brought me back here to Marvel, and how instrumental he was to even me being in this particular position I’m in today. I’m very involved with the show, as well as everything that we’re doing with the Netflix shows. I’m incredibly excited, plus the dark and gritty noir world of DD and the Netflix characters, it’s kind of where I live so it naturally attracts me to begin with.”

Ben Affleck in Daredevil Movie Marvel Says Netflixs Daredevil Planned As One Large Movie

Marvel’s recent parade of blockbusters has led many fans to believe that several licensed properties (from Fantastic Four to Spider-Man) would be better served if returned to their parent studio. The campy Ben Affleck-led Daredevil (2003) in particular is still a sore spot for fans of the hero, and Marvel is taking some clear steps to avoid that film’s mistakes (the series will actually be filmed in New York City, for instance).

But according to Quesada, those in charge aren’t bothering with regret (even if Affleck is), stating that “we’re not going into this show with the idea of trying to erase the memory of anything that came before.” Fans may not be so willing to forgive and forget, but there’s no question that the new format selected for Murdock’s second wind still carries some risk. Not as much as a blockbuster film, perhaps, but Marvel has also chosen to avoid the standard TV formula selected by Warner Bros. and DC Comics for both Gotham and The Flash.

The Netflix model has seen recent success, but in the case of Daredevil, Quesada hints that fans wishing for a big screen reboot may be pleasantly surprised:

“One of the advantages is really from the planning stage — obviously it’s much easier to work with a smaller number of episodes than it is with a larger number of episodes. We can sit there and look at 13 episodes and plan it out as a very large movie. It makes seeing the bigger picture a little bit easier.

Daredevil using echolocation Marvel Says Netflixs Daredevil Planned As One Large Movie

“You can’t deny that there will be binge-viewing. You know that there are going to be some Marvel fans that when this show premieres, they are going to go on to Netflix, and they are going to sit there for 12 to 13-plus hours, and watch the entire thing all the way through. It’s going to happen. The Netflix model offers us the advantage of being able to construct the show in a manner that is very different than a weekly network TV show… With weekly TV, you sit there and go, “The audience may not want to wait two or three weeks to get this particular bit of information.” Whereas with Netflix, we might be able to hold onto a particular piece of information, because they may just watch it two hours later.”

It’s difficult to tell how the finished product will differ from standard TV seasons when all is said and done, but clearly Marvel has hedged their bets by assigning writer/director Drew Goddard to run the project (presumably before he shifts focus to Sony’s Sinister Six team-up). It’s worth mentioning that while Marvel is taking a different direction than WB (although Gotham‘s creator confirms the series will be one long story arc as well), Quesada sees comic book talent across the entire industry – the main reason he doesn’t see the wave of superhero blockbusters ‘crashing’ now that it’s arrived:

“This is something I’ve been hearing now for over 10-plus years. “When is the wave going to die? When are people going to say, ‘I’m sick of comic book movies’?” You know what? I’m sick of people saying that… Everybody who is in our industry, everybody who loves what we do, from the creative side to fandom, we’ve been here forever, and we keep coming back for more, as long as the books are good, as long as the stories are great, regardless of whether they are Marvel, DC, Image, Dynamite, superheroes, alternative, indie, corporate-owned, creator-owned, licensed, paper, digital — it doesn’t matter where they’re coming from. People just want great stories.”

What do you think of Quesada’s comments? Do you see Marvel’s deal with Netflix as just the first of many comic book adaptations, or will future adaptations depend largely on the success of Daredevil and his colleagues? Share your thoughts in the comments.


We’ll keep you updated on Marvel’s Netflix series as the details arrive.

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  1. Well said Joe…the last comment is spot on. Comic books have been around for a long time and have provided great stories through out the years. I have hopes for the Netflix series…they have some interesting characters that could work well on small screen. Be interesting to see who the team of the Defenders will be?

  2. Im prob gonna one those ppl who blows through the entire season in 1 weekend =p

    • Same here.

      • I’ll likely blow through it as well. Just hope the show itself doesn’t b…well, you know. For my part, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, then The Defenders…well, that popcorn is gonna be popping for movie night here at my place! Maybe this would also be a good place for Moon Knight to land?

        • Netflix has been pretty good about this with Orange is the New Black and that other show they do with Kevin Spacey (I’m drawing a blank), but I just hope these shows get DVD and Blu-ray releases. I know I can watch it on Netflix whenever I want, but I like having a hard copy on my shelf. Star Wars The Clone Wars season 6 has yet to get a DVD or Blu-ray release and that bums me out.

  3. It’s been widely known who the Defenders are going to be…

    • Not exactly. For example, Black Widow and Hawkeye didn’t get their own movies in the lead-up to Avengers, but they were still included in that team. Similarly, even if we assume that DD, Jones, Cage and Iron Fist are on the Defenders roster, we don’t know who ELSE will be included. Might Elektra? Punisher? Neither of them would be difficult to depict on a TV budget.

      • They didn’t get their own movies, but Black Widow was introduced in Iron Man 2 and Hawkeye got a cameo in Thor. Avengers wasn’t the first time we met either of them.

    • I still want hulk or doc strange… ie the only og defenders Disney/Marvel has rights to.

  4. Netflix could be a good place for characters like Hawkeye and The Falcon to get more screentime/development also.

    • Assuming those actors want to commit to working on something small like this compared to being in the movies.

      • Kevin Spacey reportedly got $5 million for the first season of HOUSE OF CARDS; $9 million for the second. If the first series go well, Marvel paid Renner or Mackie a decent salary, hired a good showrunner with a vision for the series and made it clear that was the next step or even only solo option for their characters, I don’t know why they wouldn’t do it.

        I just don’t think television or even Netflix is so disreputable any more that an actor wouldn’t be willing to entertain a pitch.

        • Completely agree. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy ring a bell? Almost Human was cancelled too soon. I liked the appearance by Gina Carano as well. It could very well be that the actors’ earnings coupled with sci-fi visual effects all on a network tv budget were its undoing. But who knows.

      • Anthony Mackie would definitely do it. His excitement just to be a real superhero is enough to show that he would give a definite yes to be the lead in his own series! Jeremy Renner is a little sketchy, but part of me thinks he would because he complains about not getting enough screen time and a better, so his own series would most likely be very attractive to him as well.

        • I’d love to see Hawkeye on Netflix, they could give Black Widow the same treatment but I think Scarlett would be even more unlikely to do it with her schedule/plans.

          • Actually, maybe that would be an incentive for them both; a short series story with Hawkeye and Black Widow?

        • Agree with Voidrider, probably not that Renner or Johanson would NOT be interested, rather their current big screen schedule would difficult to maintain. Renner used to be a TV star, so he totally knows the long effort for a TV production.

          Still, the possibility do exist. Even War Machine’s Don Cheadle is more active on TV now, Gwyneth was a recurring guest in Glee, and many other actors are TV-based as well like Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp… so let’s not rule out other options.

  5. “The audience may not want to wait two or three weeks to get this particular bit of information.”

    So copy the age old British way of doing it and make the network show every episode back to back for the full 13 weeks instead of constantly having to take breaks and wait weeks for the next episode.

    Honestly, I believe the reason America has taken to the binge-watching with things like Netflix is because they’re tired of the US TV way of doing things and unwittingly want things to be like it is in Britain, where we’ve never heard of mid-season breaks and get our shows uninterrupted.

    They’re using our medical industry as a basis for their “Obamacare” anyway and it’s worked for us for over 75 years to give people of all ages, genders and wage brackets affordable healthcare so why not copy our TV watching habits too (as they seem to be doing)?

    • What he means is that things like Agents of SHIELD annoy audiences by dragging out a “mystery” for many episodes because after a cliffhanger, they have to wait an entire week for the next clue and the “mystery” might last a whole season. Whereas with binge-watching a “mystery” doesn’t exist at all, it’s just the plot progressing normally. The necessity for engineering contrived cliffhanger endings lessens because the writers don’t need to convince to tune in next week for the exciting conclusion, they just need to write a good story and the audience will stay sitting down.

      • I don’t think it really has to do with it being on Netflix versus being on TV. Breaking bad was written very organically, according to Gillian. He said he didn’t like to force a cliffhanger, he just wanted the story to be told the way it should be and the viewers would come in. Even though it did become a show I couldn’t wait to watch every week.

    • You can have the Obamacare medical program back…most Americans don’t want it! In fact, you can have O-Bomb-A along with it. Toldja all to vote Republican for John McCain!!

      • You’re just an angry old white man living in the past. Face it, both parties are garbage, but the repubs are the worst. The republicans will never be elected in another presidential office after the millennials take over. They are far less tolerate to racial, war, and class manipulation tactics republicans typically use. Unless you republicans get with the times, I don’t think they will see oval office ever again.

      • Sssssssh… do try to seem a little smart. Wooo DAREDEVIL NETFLIX!

      • Murica! Daredevil! Bewbs!

  6. these shows are set in a shared TV universe then we might get a cameo from luke cage or maybe a cameo from one of the avengers assuming these shows are part of the cinematic universe maybe get a shot of iron Man flying from Stark tower ( that is just wishful thinking) and kingpin is going to be the big bad controlling the criminal underworld.

    • I agree it would make sense for a “seemingly separate crimes that different characters are investigating” mystery to be the common thread that leads back to a single enemy (Kingpin). Kingpin’s interesting enough to carry several series’s worth of stories, given that he has his fingers in all the pies and can hire assassins like Bullseye and Elektra to deal with his enemies.

    • It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Avengers Tower may be glimpsed in these shows.. After all, they are set in NEW YORK CITY

      • It’d be cool to see Ironman fly overhead without any explanation.. just a common occurance.

        • I could see Stark Tower in the background.
          Baxter Building ??

        • This is what i hope to see, would be ridiculous not to do something simple like that.

      • YYYEEESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

    • That would be cool, but I was kinda hoping these would be set decades before The Avengers. Maybe in the late 70s early 80s.

  7. i just hope they have the budget it deserves. and i am more excited for heroes for hire than any other netflix. but i really wanna know how they are gonna do iron fist… his costume falls into the hawkeye and scarlet witch bunch… its not an easy one to bring to life

    i just hope they really are part of the mcu and can be in the avengers against thanos.

    another thing is they said that the netflix shows are easier because they can get away with more. they said that they are going to be for the comic fans more unlike a movie when they need to cater to the wider audience which excites me.

  8. Hey Netflix…..

    call me!! No one seems to care about my movie and ill make Netflix blow up like a fox executives hump doll!!!



    • +1 hahahahaha that was AWESOME!

  9. This is what gives people confidence in Marvel. Just the right people in charge. Joe’s comments on everything in this are spot on.
    Looking forward to DD….definitely more than Gotham (Not too interested in Gotham WITHOUT Batman…here’s the series summary…”Gotham is a corrupt place.”), and definitely on par with Flash (high hopes for this).
    Bring on the Defenders!

  10. 1. I think the superhero genre is going to last at least a century. There’s just way too many stories to convert and even innovate for film.
    2. I have a soft spot for the directors cut of DareDevil.

    • Y’know, I still haven’t seen it, but I hear all the time that the director’s cut of Daredevil was actually pretty decent… almost as much as I hear people say they hated the theatrical release. I’m probably gonna have to break down and order it online, but man, the idea of buying it is a bit akin to touching a hot stove for the second time.

      • If you don’t support movies like this, Ted Turner will eventually get ahold of it and u-colorize Kingpin :P

        • *UN-colorize (the site is eating my letters with its constant loading :P)

        • …un-colorize… monochromatic kingpin?

      • The Director’s Cut of Daredevil was really good. The movie actually made sense. The Kingpin and Daredevil fight was way better in the DC than in the theater.

  11. Really looking forward to this. It’ll be interesting to see how Marvel utilizes Netflix’s flexibility in terms of the contents of these shows. Lord knows we need a really good comic book show right now. Agents of SHIELD is rocky at best. I can’t stand Arrow (I know, bring on the hate.), and Flash doesn’t look great either. Gotham and Constantine look good, but I’ll bet they’d be better if they were on cable rather than network. (no chain-smoking? Come on, get it together.)
    So here’s to hoping they really understand the material before shooting it, which it sounds like they do. Can’t wait.

  12. This sounds great. I’ll definitely be one of those that binge watches….The Punisher should be brought in on this action as well. Dark Horse should really do this on Netflix with Spawn. You wouldn’t have to worry about editing violence out for TV and don’t have to try and cram it into a hour and a half or two hour movie.

    • My mistake, Image, not Dark Horse.

      • Image should do something. The walking dead is wearing thin. Spawn or savage dragon show would be dope.

  13. I like this idea of Marvel’s. They are doing this in a creative way. However, I did not like Agents of SHIELD, I saw the 1st couple of episode then :P. Maybe I will start up again later. I think DC is pretty good at TV as well. You’ve got Arrow, and the upcoming Flash and Gotham series. Those are going to be good. You can tell. I am actually a pretty big fan of Daredevil. I cant wait for this series.

  14. Hope we’ll see Daredevil versus Mr. Fear!

    • or Kingpin. I could see The Defenders fighting him & his mercenaries.

  15. I’d love to see Matt Murdock defending The Punisher in the court room….

    • Second that… Before they announced the Daredevil series I really wanted them to reboot the film and, while not ever announcing it, have the film actually be kind of a Daredevil, Punisher team-up/conflict…

      I could just picture this scene in which DD is battling street thugs or the hand or something and as he’s beating them down, we see a tight shot of a hand dialing in a scope; a finger tenses on the trigger; then, boom one of the baddies goes down from a headshot… next thing you know, DD has gone from wailing on these guys to manhandling and tossing them around to avoid the deadly accurate gunfire.

      After getting the thugs out of the line of fire, he goes after the shooter and bam, there’s the big white skull… DD goes at him and while it’s evident that Daredevil is the more elegant fighter, Castle just wades into the punches and kicks and does some damage of his own… then some crack from Punisher about how he’s been keeping an eye on DD and try this on for size and he drops a concussion grenade that plays havoc with DD’s heightened senses and the Punisher is gone.

      Not that I’ve thought too much about it or anything…

    • Wasn’t he a prosecutor though? Or was that just the movie? Or does it even matter in the comics… maybe he just switched back and forth as necessary to move the plot forward… whatever, it’s still a cool idea, let’s do it.

  16. Can we agree to just skip the obligatory “it will be dark and gritty” qualifier, and just assume that everything from now on will be “dark and gritty.”

  17. I’d personally wanna see Shang-Chi as part of the roster. I’m really excited that Iron Fist after so long will finally have a screen debut, why not include a non-mutant master martial artist who can go toe-to-toe with mutants?
    I mean some if not all of them had dealt with organizations like The Hand at some point, so why not right?

  18. Now if only the other major TV stations clued in that having shorter tighter TV seasons makes for better audience viewing.

  19. I want Kevin Smith to direct an episode and Frank Miller to direct a two-parter. Cant…..stop…..grinning.

  20. Make sure the characters look and act like they do in the comics.

    Do that, am I’m a happy man (BTW, will someone at Marvel PLEASE get Luke a costume? Heroes running around in street clothers just doesn’t get it for me.

    • Lol, you just asked that the characters look like they do in the comics.
      Luke’s costume is gonna be either a disco shirt and tiara or street clothes. You can’t have both man!

      • @SilverJaguar, SWEET CHRISTMAS!!

  21. i wonder how long it will be in between series?is this gonna take 4 or 5 years?
    also to someone above asked about crossovers from the other shows, i think one of kevin feige;s interviews he said they will all appear in each others series.

  22. SO excited about this show!

    Did MARVEL get The Punisher back as well? He would be another character better suited (if not more so than DD) to this format. :D

    • Yup, they have the Punisher and Ghost Rider back. The Punisher, Blade, and Ghost Rider would probably all benefit from a format that didn’t need to either be watered down or crammed into a 1 and half hour movie.

  23. I am getting sick and tired of comic book movies because so many of them do not have great stories (Amazing Spider-man 2, kick-ass 2, the Wolverine, Iron Man 3, Ghost Rider 2,etc.).

  24. On Ben Affleck playing Batman: Only Obama would have been a bigger progressive wimp chosen to play Batman.

  25. I just hope that these shows come out on DVD or Blu-ray eventually. I want to be able to put them on my shelf next to my Iron Man and Captain America and Avengers Blu-rays.

  26. Does anyone else think that additional heroes might be introduced besides DD, Jones, Cage and Iron Fist? Black Widow and Hawkeye didn’t get their own movies, but they were still in the Avengers. So could the shows do a similar thing? Maybe introduce Punisher, She-Hulk and then spin them off for their own series later on?

  27. Personally, I can’t wait. DD doesn’t really excite me much, but Luke Cage and Iron Fist will definitely be candidates for binge-viewing AFAIC.

    I do hope these end up successful enough we see guest appearances from other “street level” Marvel characters (Moon Knight, Punisher, Daughters of the Dragon, etc), as well as maybe some additions to the planned Defenders team.

  28. It looks well thought out but they do need to address where DD was during the A vergers fight in New York. I was thinking he could have been too far away on business trip maybe trapped in an airport traveling. But then you run into what were the other 3 Defenders doing? I mean even if they didn’t directly work with the Avengers it was a major event in MU. Everyone is effected by it just like 9/11.