Marvel Exec Assures Fans That Daredevil Won’t Be Like the Film. Everyone may have remembered how much of a failure Ben Affleck’s film Daredevil was in 2003 but rest assured, Marvel TV executive Jeph Loeb won’t make the same mistakes on Netflix’s take on the blind superhero.
Jeph Loeb spoke with radio station KFI AM 640 and said on record that Netflix’s Daredevil will be nothing like the 2003 film directed by Mark Steven Johnson. The Ben Affleck-helmed film had its fair share of criticism with its theatrical release but gained momentum after the director’s cut. Here’s what Jeph had to say about the new series:
“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.”
Another growing concern was the connection between Daredevil and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You may remember that in The Avengers, the Battle of New York brought in the Chitauri, an alien race. Fans may be confused to how Daredevil fits into this world since he’s also a New Yorker where the battle took place. Loeb addressed this and here’s what he said:
“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.”
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