We’re finally heading down to Hell’s Kitchen this April when Daredevil comes to life on Netflix for a 13-episodes run. Charlie Cox (another British dude in a long list of British dudes playing superheroes) will play Matt Murdoch, aka the Man Without Fear, in a series that promises to give us a darker take on the comic book character. Apparently, get ready to be greeted with the “Batman Begins of Daredevil adaptations.”
In a recent interview with Empire Online, Cox promised that we can expect a lot more blood to flow on that new adaptation of the Marvel comic. This really sounds good to us, since Marvel and Netflix are aiming for a grittier take on the blind superhero. Meaning: We can all finally kiss goodbye the bad aftertaste left by that Ben Affleck Daredevil movie. Although, to be fair, that director's cut was much, much better, and managed to redeem the movie a little. Here’s what Charlie Cox had to say about the upcoming Netflix series:
“This is more sinister, and that really suits the character. The hero and the villain… it’s a very blurry line. Let’s say that you didn’t know anything about Daredevil, hopefully you would feel a sense of ambiguity about who’s on the right path here. And, well, you know… we have blood.”
Steven S. DeKnight, who is the series’ showrunner, also promises that blood will flow freely as our blind attorney will find himself introduced to a whole new world of violence and pain. He said of Netfix’s approach to the violence:
“They don’t have a problem pushing it. We call [Daredevil] a PG-16. We don’t quite get to R, but we kiss right up to it.”
DeKnight himself is no stranger to the whole blood and violence thingy: He got to hone his craft rather well on Starz with two Spartacus series: Gods of the Arena and War of the Damned, where blood and sex and violence flowed by the bucketload. As for Daredevil, DeKnight calls it a crime drama with lots of action rather than an action piece set in the criminal underworld.
“We always say we shoot for The Wire, although no-one ever reaches The Wire. We also took our cues from classic cop movies of the ‘70s that we love: The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon, movies like that.”
A big bummer for us, however, is that we can’t expect any crossover with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.D., (at least yet?), even though Daredevil is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which includes both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. But what we can at least expect is a whole lotta post-Avengers cleanup in the Man Without Fear’s neighborhood. We mean, the guy’s gonna have to mop up all those Chitauri that were left behind by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes following the events of the first Avengers movie.
Daredevil will hit Netflix on April 10. Have a look at the AWESOME brand-new poster for the upcoming superhero series.