Just one week after the new Netflix series Marvel's Daredevil wrapped production, star Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), showrunner Steven S. DeKnight and executive producer Jeph Loeb revealed more new details about the series to Entertainment Weekly. It remains to be seen when we'll see the first trailer, or learn when the show may premiere on Netflix, but it's clear that this adventure series will be much different from anything Marvel has produced for both the small and big screens before. Here are seven new details from the star and showrunner that reveal how this show stands out from the rest of the Marvel productions.
1. Daredevil Is Set Exclusively In Hell's Kitchen: While Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers are jet-setting around the globe to save the world from numerous enemies, Marvel's Daredevil will be exclusively set within Matt Murdock's hometown of Hell's Kitchen according to executive producer Jeph Loeb. "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."
2. Daredevil's Tone Is More Like The Wire: Executive producer and showrunner Steven S. DeKnight compared Marvel's Daredevil to the critically-acclaimed HBO series The Wire, as opposed to numerous superhero shows currently on the air. "We really wanted to take our cue from [films like] The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon, Taxi Driver, and make it very, very grounded, very gritty, very real. We always say we would rather lean toward The Wire than what's considered a classic superhero television show." Jeph Loeb added there won't be any mystical elements present in most superhero shows. "There aren't going to be people flying through the sky. There are no magic hammers."
3. Daredevil Is Set In the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Although the show will have a much different tone, Marvel's Daredevil is still set in the same universe as Marvel's other movies and TV shows, according to Jeph Loeb. "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."
4. Daredevil Is Not "The Man Without Fear": Daredevil comic book fans know the beloved character as the, "man without fear," although that moniker doesn't exactly ring true for the series, according to the new Matt Murdock himself, Charlie Cox. "Someone who does not have fear - literally does not experience fear - is not that interesting. The way I like to think about it is that he is a man with fear, but he on a daily basis decides to confront that fear and to overcome it. So the title of 'the man without fear' is almost a title that the public in his world gives him just because of what he does. But inside himself, he's very afraid at times. And he finds a way to confront those fears and punch through it."
5. Daredevil will be graphic and family friendly at the same time: Steven S. DeKnight is best known for the Starz series Spartacus on Starz, which did not skimp on graphic violence and nudity. While Netflix's Daredevil won't be hindered by content restrictions that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has to deal with on ABC, and Netflix doesn't have the content restrictions faced by Marvel's Agents of SHIELD on ABC, DeKnight reveals that it will be both graphic and family friendly. "When I came onto this there was no way I wanted to make this hard-R or NC-17. I don't think the material warrants that. It is a little grittier and edgier than Marvel has gone before, but we're not looking to push it to extreme graphic violence, gratuitous nudity or anything like that. The story does not require that and I think would suffer if you pushed it that far."
6. Kingpin Is Just As Important As Daredevil: Jeph Loeb reveals that both the hero Daredevil and the villain Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio) will have similar arcs in Season 1. "This season is about both the rise of the hero and the rise of the villain. Steven S. DeKnight added that fans will learn how Wilson Fisk meets his wife and falls in love. "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."
7. Bullseye May Be Featured In Daredevil After Season 1: Steven DeKnight confirms that there are no plans to bring the villainous Bullseye in for Season 1, but he's not ruling the villain out in the future. "I wouldn't say there's no plans to include the character 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."