Netflix's Daredevil will feature a tried and true Marvel hero, but he's far from the Avengers -- both literally and figuratively, says Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb. Entertainment Weekly has an article on the TV series set to debut next May, talking with Loeb, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight as well as the titular star Charlie Cox and what they have to say spells out an adaptation that will be "street level" story as opposed to a globe-spanning adventure.
“Within the Marvel universe there are thousands of heroes of all shapes and sizes, but the Avengers are here to save the universe and Daredevil is here to save the neighborhood,” Loeb told EW's James Hibberd. “It’s a very unique look at Hell’s Kitchen in New York, where Matt Murdock grew up and continues to defend it from people who would harm the people that live there.”
Describing the series as a crime story akin to The Wire and 1970s films like Dog Day Afternoon and The French Connection, Daredevil won't feature any "people flying" or "magic hammers" says Loeb, referring to Iron Man and Thor.
Another character who won't make an appearance, at least in the first season, is long-time Daredevil nemesis Bullseye. DeKnight says adding too many characters "becomes a mess," and said that the depiction of Bullseye in the Daredevil movie is still too fresh and he doesn't want to repeat it. Instead, the adversarial side of things will be filled up squarly by Wilson Fisk, whom the showrunner calls the "right yin to the yang for Matt."
“Fisk has very many different aspects so it’s not all, ‘I want to conquer the city and make a lot of money.’" says DeKnight. "In our story, we tell the story of how he met his wife Vanessa and how they fell in love — our antagonist actually has a love story. That’s the love story you’re following, the one you’re invested in, and seeing how that affects him and changes him. I think Vincent just brings such depth to it, his performance is just astounding.”
Loeb touches on an important aspect of this first season, explaining that it's "both the rise of the hero and the rise of the villain,” referring to Fisk.
Read EW's full piece here.