‘Daredevil’ Showrunner Talks About the Grounded, Gritty, Realistic Tone of the Show

By September 12, 2014

Ever since Marvel’s Netflix series “Daredevil” lost its original showrunner in Drew Goddard and was replaced by “Spartacus” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, we haven’t heard much about the show other than casting notices. Charlie Cox will play Matt Murdock, and he’ll be joined by Vincent D’Onofrio, Rosario Dawson, Elden Henson, and more. But now DeKnight has given a new interview that sheds some light on the potential tone of the series, which is filming now in New York City.

Speaking with Paste Magazine, he said:

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 shit 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.

The image that always stuck in my mind was the Frank Miller Elektra run where he’s holding Bullseye over the street,” DeKnight continues, “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!

That mention of The Punisher is interesting, because we’re not entirely sure what that particular character’s future is now that Marvel owns him outright again. Our own Chris Clow recently suggested that The Punisher could be the solution to Marvel’s villain problem, and that very well could be the case. But the fact that he’s on DeKnight’s mind could indicate a possible appearance from that character in the dark alleys of Hell’s Kitchen sometime soon. Time will tell.

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