Marvel exec on Daredevil series: 'Crime drama first, superhero show second'

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Dec 21, 2014, 8:22 AM EST (Updated)

In typical Marvel fashion, they’ve managed to keep most of the details under wraps in regard to the upcoming Netflix series Daredevil. But now Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb is dropping some hints about their approach.

The 13-episode series is the second attempt to adapt the long-running comic to live action, followed by the uneven 2003 film starring Ben Affleck. Fans are hopeful they’ll be able to get it right this time, following the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Loeb wanted to make a point to remind fans this is definitely not The Avengers.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he broke down how Charlie Cox’s version of Matt Murdock differs from previous Marvel projects. Namely: This isn’t a superhero show, so don’t come in expecting that. Instead, he says they’re trying to tell the story of a street-level hero through the lens of something more akin to Taxi Driver than Iron Man:

“There aren’t going to be people flying through the sky; there are no magic hammers. We’ve always approached this as a crime drama first, superhero show second. It’s a little grittier and edgier than Marvel has gone before, but we’re not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity.”

So, what’s it like playing one of the most unique characters in Marvel’s catalog? According to Cox, it’s a lot of fun, but not nearly as easy as you might think. The hard part: Learning to act like he is actually blind, since Matt Murdock was blinded as a child and uses his other senses (plus a radar-like ability) to fight crime:

“Like, I put on a shirt but I can’t look where the buttons are, because Daredevil wouldn’t know where the buttons are. But I also can’t fumble.”

The series is set to debut in 2015, and will be followed by a full slate of Marvel shows leading to a Defenders miniseries. 

(Via Entertainment Weekly)