With Marvel looking to revitalize the Daredevil brand via a limited series at Netflix, television boss Jeph Loeb didn’t mince words about where Ben Affleck’s 2003 film fits in.
Not surprisingly, Loeb is doing as much as he can to distance the new Netflix series from the critically panned flop that came before. While chatting with Los Angeles’ KFI AM 640, Loeb promised they’ll be going back to the comic canon and digging deep to show TV audiences what comic fans have known for a long time — forget Affleck, Matt Murdock is awesome.
Here’s the choice excerpt, via ComicBook.com:
“When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we're not doing, go watch the movie. If you want to know what we're doing, it's very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that's really what television and our films really do is that we take the best....We hope and we're very confident that this is the beginning of something that's very exciting on Netflix.”
Along with throwing some (admittedly deserved) shade toward the Daredevil film, Loeb also touched on how they conceived the Defenders spinoff series and how it fits with The Avengers. Namely, it doesn’t. According to Loeb, he seems the Netflix project as a way to tell these smaller stories, about heroes who’d be too busy with their own battles to fall in with Cap and company fighting off the Chitauri at Grand Central Station:
“When I watched The Avengers, which is really one of my favorite movies, during the scene when the sky opens up, the Chitauri are coming and there's a giant battle over by Grand Central Station, even in the theater I was thinking, 'In the true Marvel Universe if you go about ten blocks over and an avenue down, there's a place called Hell's Kitchen and in that world are characters like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, and those characters are not going to be involved in an inter-warfare-universe-colliding incident. That’s what the Avengers do and they do it really, really well and those movies are incredible.
We wanted to have an opportunity to be able to tell stories about our street-level heroes and how that they could possibly interact in the world of Marvel without it feeling like it's completely detached and by the same token feeling like it's part of that world. And it's very much how it is in the comics, which is that Daredevil -- yes, one could argue that at some point he's been an Avenger but hey, you know, the reality is that so has everybody else [laughs]. The idea is that this is the world of people who are there to protect the neighborhood and if you believe in the neighborhood the way you believe in the planet then the emotional context is just strong.”
The more we hear about the upcoming Daredevil series, the more excited we are to actually get a look at this project. More than anything, this looks to be Marvel’s first TV-level step to look outside the Avengers mothership, much as Guardians of the Galaxy has done in the film universe.
What do you think? Can Marvel capture the essence of Matt Murdock at Netflix?