Joe Quesada Says DAREDEVIL Series Will Be Set Up As A Long Movie
Last fall, Marvel announced that they were teaming with Netflix to produce several new series that would culminate in a Defenders mini-series. One of those, and probably the most anticipated, is Daredevil. That series also happens to be the first series to hit the ground running and is getting ready to start filming quite soon. Hopefully, we’ll hear some casting news very soon. The Daredevil film, which starred Batman himself, Ben Affleck, is one of the more panned comic book movies out there- though if you haven’t seen the director’s cut, I’d suggest it- so many fans are concerned that the Man Without Fear may fall victim once again to lameness. However, Drew Goddard, who blew many people away with his new take on horror in Cabin in the Woods, is taking charge of this one, which is a very good sign.
Joe Quesada, who is placing a lot of his focus on these new series, recently took some time to talk about Daredevil and what fans can expect in regards to how the series is set up. Those who have Netflix know that they drop all the episodes of a series at once and the new Marvel series will be no different. So how will the studio take advantage of that? Well, the answer is quite pleasing and should make a lot of fans happy.
One of the advantages is really from the planning stage — obviously it’s much easier to work with a smaller number of episodes than it is with a larger number of episodes. We can sit there and look at 13 episodes and plan it out as a very large movie. It makes seeing the bigger picture a little bit easier.
You can’t deny that there will be binge-viewing. You know that there are going to be some Marvel fans that when this show premieres, they are going to go on to Netflix, and they are going to sit there for 12 to 13-plus hours, and watch the entire thing all the way through. It’s going to happen. The Netflix model offers us the advantage of being able to construct the show in a manner that is very different than a weekly network TV show. Even the way that you parse out information and reveals within the show can be different than you would on weekly TV. With weekly TV, you sit there and go, “The audience may not want to wait two or three weeks to get this particular bit of information.” Whereas with Netflix, we might be able to hold onto a particular piece of information, because they may just watch it two hours later.
It’s a different kind of construction. The simplest way to put it in comic book terms is that it’s the difference between writing a monthly comic series as opposed to writing a graphic novel. You can tell the same story within the same page count in both formats, but you may parse out that information or construct your story differently because of how it’s going to be delivered and consumed.
A thirteen hour movie? Yeah, I think I’m down with that. This format will allow for a lot more character and story development and it won’t take half a season to get to the bottom of things either. As he states, most fans are going to binge-watch the hell out of these series. They may not sit for 13 hours straight in front of their computers, but you can bet that over the course of a couple days, they’ll have this and the other series in the books. So what about comparisons to the feature film that so many fans dislike? Quesada states that they aren’t going to pretend that movie doesn’t exist, but they want to make sure that they do things right and give the fans something they want.
Let me be clear, we’re not going into this show with the idea of trying to erase the memory of anything that came before or really any preconceived notions whatsoever. We’re going into the show trying to create something that’s incredibly exciting, incredibly engaging, and will give our fans something that they love, something that’s unexpected, something that’s going to keep them coming back for more. That’s really, ultimately, the goal of this: How do we produce a “Daredevil” TV show on Netflix, that’s going to be viewed the way that people view content on Netflix, in a way that’s going to be compelling, feels unique, while bringing something that is not only true to the character, but providing something unexpected as well.
All good news for fans. So far, Marvel has gotten it right with all the properties they’ve produced, though some have taken a bit longer than necessary to get there (ahem…Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Fans were very excited to learn that Daredevil had found his way home to Marvel and know that they want to do the right thing. The same can be said for Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessice Jones, all of which will follow Daredevil on Netflix. As I mentioned above, filming is expected to begin soon, so hopefully that casting announcement will hit sooner rather than later. Be sure to check back to Comic Book Therapy for the latest!
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