Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight talks to Wired about his new superhero series, the first of four from the Marvel universe destined for Netflix.
“The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the gods of the Marvel Universe. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor: they tend to save the world. Daredevil is really our first time doing the street-level heroes, so we wanted to differentiate that in terms of both the palette and the tone,” says DeKnight about how the shows will be differentiated from the heroes of the big screen. “We always referenced the classic films of the ’70s is terms of what we wanted to do: Dog Day Afternoon, The French Connection, The Conversation—movies that had that gritty New York feel.”
“We really approached this foremost as a crime drama. We kept saying, ‘let’s edge towards The Wire instead of anything else,’” he continues. “The great thing about Netflix and Marvel is that they let us have these really long, intense scenes of people talking, which you don’t get much on an action TV show.”
The showrunner found that the binge-watching nature of Netflix really suited the format they were going for. “Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, refers to it as a 13-hour movie, and that’s definitely how we approached it,” he explains. “My last serialized show was Spartacus, and I approached that in the very same way: It was one episode a week , but while each had its own arc, it was also part of one larger story. And now, the way the entire first season goes, there’s definitely an act one, an act two, and an act three. We wanted to give the feeling that you could sit down over a day or two watch the whole thing.”
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