Well, that was fast. After the recent disconcerting news that Drew Goddard would no longer be the showrunner for Marvel’s “Daredevil” TV series for Netflix, we now know who’s going to be taking his place. Marvel released a statement revealing that Steven S. DeKnight, the creator of the Starz series “Spartacus,” will be the new showrunner for the series.
I’ve heard good things about “Spartacus,” but I haven’t had time to check them out for myself. But DeKnight has a long career in television, with work on series ranging from “Buffy,” “Angel,” “Dollhouse,” “Smallville,” so Marvel’s flagship series for Netflix should be in good hands. Goddard, who I previously guessed might be off the project altogether, is actually staying on board as an executive producer, and DeKnight and the creative team will utilize Goddard’s screenplays for the first two episodes that he’s already written. The search for a director for the first episode is still underway, and filming is scheduled to begin in July.
“Daredevil” is the first character to get a 13-episode series in Marvel’s new deal with Netflix, culminating with “The Defenders” a few years down the line. I’m glad to hear that Goddard is still staying on board in some capacity, and while I’d prefer it if he had the time to stick around as showrunner, he’s becoming so busy that an outcome like that just isn’t possible anymore. DeKnight sounds like a good option for a replacement, and now Marvel fans turn their attention back to the House of Ideas’ big screen exploits as we await the replacement for Edgar Wright on Ant-Man. That announcement should be happening very soon, so stay tuned for more information.
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