Drew Goddard leaves Daredevil series, Marvel names new showrunner

First Ant-Man lost its director, and now Daredevil has lost its first pick for showrunner.

Friday brought the stunning news that writer/director Edgar Wright would be leaving Marvel's Ant-Man after nearly a decade of working on the project due to "creative differences" with Marvel Studios. That announcement sent shockwaves through a fandom that was very much looking forward to Wright's take on Hank Pym and Scott Lang, but it turns out it wasn't the only major creative departure Marvel would face over the holiday weekend. 

On Saturday, just one day after Marvel announced Wright's departure, Latino Review reported that Drew Goddard (CloverfieldThe Cabin in the Woods) had left his position as showrunner on Marvel's highly anticipated Daredevil series for Netflix, which is slated to premiere as the first of several Marvel Netflix series in 2015. Later that day Marvel confirmed the news, adding that Goddard is departing to take on writing and directing duties on Sony's Sinister Six film but will still serve as an executive producer on Daredevil. For some fans, the news was almost as shocking as Wright's Ant-Man departure, but while we're still waiting for official word on who will replace Wright on that film, Goddard's replacement has already been named.

Marvel announced Saturday that Steven S. DeKnight -- who created and served as showrunner on Spartacus for Starz, and also worked on series like Buffy the Vampire SlayerAngelSmallville and Dollhouse -- will replace Goddard as showrunner on the 13-episode Daredevil series. Since all this unfolded over a holiday weekend, we don't have much in the way of in-depth responses to this news from Marvel, Goddard or DeKnight, but at least we know that Goddard's been replaced by a writer and producer with plenty of genre cred, who seems plenty excited to take on the Man Without Fear for Marvel Studios.

So while Ant-Man is still (officially) directorless for the moment, Daredevil's already got someone new steering the ship. What do you think? Will DeKnight do Matt Murdock justice?

(Via Latino Review & Marvel)

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