The excitement surrounding year two of Netflix’s Daredevil was already high after the stellar debut season, but it ratcheted through the roof with the casting of Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal as the Punisher. Here’s what Marvel’s chief creative officer has to say about what they’re cooking up.
The studio’s Joe Quesada opened up to IGN about the development process on Season 2 of Daredevil, and also touched on the philosophical take of the street-level Netflix shows. Quesada seemed as geeked out as the fans in regard to introducing the Punisher, and teased they plan to pay off on the awesomeness of having these two characters going toe to toe:
"We’re so happy to have Jon Bernthal because we have such a world-class cast on Daredevil; we have a world-class actor in Charlie Cox that we want to make sure we chose and were able to attain an actor who is on that same level so I think the combination of seeing Charlie and John perform those parts on the same screen … It’s going to be epic, absolutely epic. That’s why we pay our amazing Writers Room the big bucks. Doug Petrie and Mark Ramirez, the co-showrunners, have concocted an amazing series, an amazing season this year and believe me, sparks will fly and it’s going to be pretty phenomenal."
Quesada also had a lot to say about what’s coming down the line, tonally, from shows like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. He noted that they plan to continue down that road of differentiation started with Daredevil while continuing to focus on lower stakes and more personal stories. The Defenders are here to save their hometowns, not the world. Leave that big-picture stuff to the Avengers.
Check out an additional excerpt below:
"I don’t want to speak too much about the other series because each one has their own flavor, but it is the smaller, darker part of the Marvel Universe. The Avengers are about saving the world. Daredevil, Jessica Jones and all those other characters, they’re about saving a neighborhood, they’re about saving a block, they’re about saving an apartment complex. So it’s smaller, but the stakes still feel the same because they’re just as important. To the people living in Hell’s Kitchen, saving their neighborhood is as important to the people in Manhattan when aliens start coming out of a portal in the sky and the Avengers came to save them.
The other big difference is that these characters live in the neighborhood. Daredevil lives in Hell’s Kitchen so it’s very, very personal. Through the Netflix platform we’re able to explore a much darker sensibility, a more adult sensibility. Even the choreography -- the fights and the action -- I think is heads and shoulders above anything else on television. That’s just a testimonial the incredible crew and cast that we have."
Jessica Jones is slated to debut in 2015, and the next season of Daredevil is set to drop in 2016. What do you think of the direction so far?