Daredevil producers talk Kingpin, connecting to The Avengers and plans for Bullseye

Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb and showrunner Steven S. DeKnight opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the 13-episode Daredevil series and how it connects to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while also dropping some intel on how they’ll be adapting some of the comic’s iconic baddies.

First up, Loeb reiterated that the series will definitely take place in the same world at The Avengers — just don’t expect to see Iron Man or Thor zipping around in Hell’s Kitchen. This is definitely going to be a hyper-focused series, telling the story of a street-level hero tackling street-level problems. That’s something Marvel hasn’t attempted up to this point, and we’re curious to see if they can pull it off:

“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. It’s a very unique look at Hell’s Kitchen in New York, where Matt Murdoch grew up and continues to defend it from people who would harm the people that live there … It does take place in the Marvel cinematic universe. It’s all connected. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that we would look up in the sky and see [Iron Man]. It’s just a different part of New York that we have not yet seen in the Marvel movies.”

Though DeKnight made a name for himself with the pay-cable violence and nudity of Spartacus on Starz, he said this series won’t go quite that far into the dark. It will be “grittier and edgier” than anything that’s come before in Marvel’s stable, but he argued the story doesn’t require that level of gratuity to be told well. 

One big part of that story, arguably just as big as Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock? Vincent D’onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin. According to DeKnight, they’re looking to bring some depth and new angles to the story of Fisk’s evolution into the Kingpin of crime. Instead of a black-and-white villain, they’re going to essentially tell the human side of his story that drives him to evil.

The question of Bullseye also came up, and DeKnight made sure to leave the door open for one of Daredevil’s biggest rogues to show up in the second season — just don’t expect him in the first 13 episodes. Basically, they wanted to tell the story of Daredevil and the Kingpin first, and they worried Bullseye would get in the way of those stories:

“Fisk has very many different aspects so it’s not all, ‘I want to conquer the city and make a lot of money.’ 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.”

I wouldn’t say there’s no plans to include [Bullseye’ in the series. It’s not not to say he wouldn’t be in the series at some point. But I think if you try to jam in too many characters, it just becomes a mess. And [Bullseye’s] story was told in the last iteration of Daredevil that anybody saw. My feeling was, ‘Why repeat it?’ And honestly, if you’re looking for a juicy, multi-faceted crime drama, Wilson Fisk was the obvious choice to play the antagonist. Bullseye is a little more cut and dry. Not to say you couldn’t make him fantastic over 13 hours, but Fisk really felt like the right yin to the yang for Matt, and for what we wanted to do this season.”

The Daredevil series is set to hit Netflix at some point in 2015, probably around the second quarter of the year. Do you think they’re taking the story in the right direction?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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