‘Daredevil’ Was Originally Supposed to be a Movie, According to Drew Goddard

By September 29, 2015
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Marvel and Netflix hit a home run with their Daredevil original series earlier this year. What might have initially seemed like yet another experimental idea from Marvel ended up being not only one of the best onscreen superhero properties ever made (film or otherwise), but also ended up being hailed as possibly the best thing that Marvel has done yet. The series was dark, brutal, funny, entertaining, and enthralling, and was able to be one of the biggest breakout TV hits of the year.

We wouldn’t have gotten that show though if it wasn’t for writer Drew Goddard, who created the series and penned the first two episodes of the season, before handing the reigns over to fellow Buffy alum, Steven S. DeKnight and his creative team. Goddard was able to establish a believable world and likable characters within the first two episodes of that series though, and the show might not have been as strong if it wasn’t for the foundations he created.

However, after watching the season as whole, it’s hard to think of it being told in any other way, or any other format, which is probably why this next bit of news might surprise some of you.

While speaking with IGN recently, Goddard revealed that he had originally pitched the series as a movie to Marvel, but quickly realized that the property would work better in a smaller format:

“I went into Marvel and talked to them about making it as a movie a couple of years ago, long after the Affleck movie. But what we all sort of realised is that, this movie doesn’t want to cost $200 million. The thing about Matt Murdock is, he’s not saving the world. He’s just keeping his corner clean. So it would feel wrong to have spaceships crashing in the middle of the city. But because of that, Marvel on the movie side is not in the business of making $25 million movies. They’re going big, as they should.”

The writer and director went on to explain why they ended up choosing Netflix as the show’s outlet, revealing that Goddard wanted to put the series somewhere that he could explore darker themes and stories:

“It felt that we’d have more freedom to make it on the small screen and make it more adult. Look, if we took the Netflix [show] and put it in theatres, it’s rated R. And they’re not doing R-rated movies. And we also got to really explore the character. I feel like Netflix was the best possible home for that, otherwise you’d end up with a watered down version.”

While Goddard is no longer the showrunner for the series, he did reveal that he does have some involvement in the series still in a limited capacity, revealing the following about next year’s season 2:

“Yeah, I’m not running the show any more, Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are, and they’re doing a phenomenal job. I get to go and play. All I can tell you is that if you liked Season 1, then Season 2 is going to blow your mind. They’re going big.”

It’s interesting to think about how less of the story and themes from the first season we would have seen if Daredevil had been made into a film instead, and Goddard brings up a great point about how the scope of Matt Murdock’s world affects the story. Part of what made the show so good was how small and contained it was at points, it felt more heroic and brutal because there weren’t any CGI robots or aliens attacking Matt Murdock or the citizens of Hell’s Kitchen.

Personally, I would have preferred it as a series from the beginning. In short, it just worked the way it was, and I wouldn’t have wanted to see it any other way.

Season 2 of Daredevil will premiere on Netflix in 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable