Next summer, Netflix will be armed, yet again, to dominate the streaming wave. On Tuesday, we got a first look at the Marvel superhero recruited to lead said brigade.
Photos have emerged of British actor Charlie Cox on the set of Netflix’s Daredevil. They unfortunately don’t reveal him dressed as the scarlet-clad crusader, rather as Daredevil’s alter ego: blind lawyer Matt Murdock, with a cane and sunglasses to boot.
Marvel executives hope the series will echo the success its other comic adaptations—like the Iron Man trilogy and Guardians of the Galaxy—have had on the silver screen, within the realm of online entertainment. With the viewing flexibility Netflix offers, Marvel chief Joe Quesada said it won’t be hard to achieve.
“You can’t deny that there will be binge-viewing,” he told Comic Book Resources. Quesada later added, “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.”
The anticipated series may also make up for mixed reviews earned from the 2003 Daredevil film, starring Ben Affleck. Quesada was modest in regard to this point, saying the Netflix version is not commencing “with the idea of trying to erase the memory of anything that came before.” However, we know Netflix’s reboot will be more authentic to the “dark and gritty noir world of DD.” For starters, it will be shot in New York City like the original comic, and unlike the 2003 production which was filmed in Los Angeles. And, though it won’t be a movie, per se, Quesada offers that it will have the same cinematic effect.
“One of the advantages is really from the planning stage,” he added in his sit down with CBR. “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.”
We’ll see that big picture come to life when Daredevil debuts on Netflix in May 2015. The series will also star Vincent D’Onofrio, Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, and Rosario Dawson; it will also be the first of four drama series Marvel will distribute via video on-demand sites, that will in turn, culminate into a Defenders mini series. Stay tuned!