Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ TV Series May be Penned by Drew Goddard

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 12th, 2013 at 8:16 pm,

Drew Goddard on the set of The Cabin in the Woods Marvels Daredevil TV Series May be Penned by Drew Goddard

When Twentieth Century Fox stalled the movie reboot of Daredevil for so long that the rights reverted back to Marvel, the chances of seeing Matt Murdock getting another big screen treatment seemed slim. Marvel and Disney’s upcoming roster of comic book films seems to be quite firmly focused on showcasing characters who either hadn’t been seen in standalone movies either at all or for a long time, and unfortunately Daredevil can’t be counted among them.

Sure enough, when Marvel and Netflix confirmed a deal to develop four new TV series and a Defenders miniseries based on Marvel comics, one of which was a Daredevil show, it emerged shortly thereafter that the characters who would soon be seen on the small screen were those who were “never going to be feature films.” Instead, Daredevil and his occasional allies Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand will represent the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen in a group of interconnected TV shows.

Many of our readers were delighted by the news, since it means that characters who might have laid completely dormant for a decade or more are instead getting adaptations of their own, and the episodic and potential crossover nature of the planned shows seems like a perfect fit for a comic book narrative.

Of course, a show can only ever be as good as the people writing it, which is why the latest Daredevil update is so promising. The Wrap reports that Drew Goddard (World War Z) is currently in negotiations to write the Daredevil TV series, and also notes that Goddard has previously expressed a great deal of love for the character that dates back to his teens.

Daredevil rights have reverted back to Marvel Marvels Daredevil TV Series May be Penned by Drew Goddard

Goddard recently co-wrote and directed the meta-commentary horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods, and his TV credits include episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Alias. He also worked as an executive producer on both Alias and Lost, which puts him in a good position to become a showrunner on his own series. It also helps that he just really loves Marvel:

“What Marvel character would I not love to get on? That’s an easier question to answer. I would love any of it and I love Marvel, Joss [Whedon] and what they’re doing. It’s all about finding the right fit. Directing…in order to do your job right, you have to find ways to make it personal, and if we can find the right fit, then I would love to do it.”

Goddard’s two most frequent collaborators are J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon, the latter of whom is a major player in the Marvel Studios bubble, so if he does sign up for Daredevil then fans can expect his typical blend of action and snarky humor. That could be good news or bad news depending on personal tolerance for that style, but putting a Daredevil fan in charge of a Daredevil TV series has to be a good start.

Assuming Goddard does end up taking the writing reins, the next big deciding factor for Daredevil will be the casting of the lead actor. Since Ben Affleck is currently preoccupied with Batman vs. Superman for DC and Warner Bros it’s safe to say that he probably won’t be reprising the role, but it remains to be seen whether Marvel will select a big-name actor to head up their new series, or whether the masked vigilante will be selected from a pool of relative unknowns. Until we know for sure, let the fantasy casting continue.


We’ll keep you updated on Daredevil and other Marvel series as they continue to develop.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Cabin in the Woods was fantastic, so hopefully he can deliver something just as great for Daredevil. I’m remaining optimistic.

  2. Even though I tend to favor D.C more I still have to respect what Marvel is doing. They just aquired Daredevil and rather than let sit they immediately incorporate into their plans

  3. Definitely a good writer, really excited for this Daredevil TV show now. It has a lot of potential with a writer like that.

  4. Anyone else want Christian Bale as Daredevil?

    • Michael C Hall would be better because he would not be identified with a different hero from a rival company. IMO.

      If he was not already Batman than I would agree with you.

      • Michael C. Hall would do great as Daredevil!

        • yea yea

      • I agree, Michael C. Hall would be great.

    • It would be fantastic! A TWIST OF FATE. Batman and Daredevil FINALLY SWITCH ROLES!

      *runs off singing The Circle Of Life*

  5. This should be amazing if they do it right.

  6. Now we just need our Punisher and Blade shows.

    • Dont forget Moonknight :)

      • Don’t forget Ghost Rider as well, Marvel has the rights back.

        • Totally forgot that!!! 😀

    • They should just reboot the Blade show that was already made and canceled… But recast Snipes.

  7. Solid writer, id watch it

  8. I just wish it wasn’t Netflix, their original programming sucks.

    • Have you seen Orange is the New Black?

    • Marvel will have a lot more freedom on Netflix though than they would on basic cable.

    • house of cards?

  9. TV is a good platform for Daredevil. I hope it’s good. He’s a great character.

  10. Hells Bells

    • as the intro or theme song if they can afford it

  11. Its great to know that Marvel isn’t letting great fun characters go to waste Daredevil I always thought was so cool, I’m less familiar with the other characters of Hell’s Kitchen but they sound really awesome i think it may be for the best that the tv shows will be more stand alone and not have as much to do with the movie universe as Agents of Shield not everything needs to be connected with what they are doing, I also think that a group of hands on dirty street crime fighters will be sweet to see on tv. I remember thinking that Daniel Day Lewis would work well as Stick but since its a tv show I don’t know how likely that is of happening, I also thought that Donnie Wahlberg would be good as Daredevil but I’m not so sure about that now. Daredevil is really cool and I like him a lot I thought Ben Affleck was good casting persoonally but I thought the script and story and direction that the movie was going in was just so unentertaining and he was just bad in the movie, hopefully he can do better with Batman. So I wonder who they’ll cast as Daredevil, I want James Badge Dale but he was in Iron Man 3 and even though his role wasn’t that big I doubt Marvel would want people getting the incorrect message. Goddard sounds like an awesome choice fingers crossed

  12. Endorsing the Michael C. Hall idea. He would’ve (and perhaps still one day might be in a decent version) been the ultimate choice for Ozymandias in ‘Watchmen’. Plus, season 2 of Dexter was all about his superhero alter-ego…

    Well, albeit one that puts people on a table then slices them into pieces. Still…

  13. I hope they get Kingpin right this time!

    • Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  14. How old is he? I mean just asking as in my teens DD was a lot different then say the last 20 years… 😀

  15. Dean Norris as Kingpin!!!!

  16. Good news

  17. I’m not too particular about who acts the DD/Murdock role. TV series have shown that we eventually grow to accept or appreciate whoever is the main star even when there was an initial resistance. Perhaps it’s time. Perhap the actor grows into the role and make it their own. I know I didn’t like Tom Welling when I first saw him in Smallville because of my Reeve bias and I was still thinking of Justin Hartlet when Arrow came up (still think he’s a much better actor though) and the new Spartacus actor had to prove he merited the role. So for me an unknown with the chops and acting skill is acceptable.

    I am more concerned with the key supporting cast (hey, what’s Spartacus without Crixus, Gannicus and Lucy Lawless? Or Smallville without Rosenblaum Luthor?) They make a series successful. I vote a bald, burly Zlatko Buric as Kingpin. Remember him? The Russian billionaire in 2012.

  18. .
    Tom Welling is an actor with great charm and charisma but is also a wonderful actor with two magnificent green eyes. Tom would be perfect!
    Tom Welling is Fantastic…..!!!!!


  19. Yes Tom Welling for Daredevil!

  20. I’d like to see Tom Welling in the bad …… would be very good!

  21. Fingers crossed for Tom Welling!