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December 06 2013

Marvel confirms that Drew Goddard is on board for Daredevil tv series. "Goddard will write and direct the "Daredevil" first episode, setting the tone and look for the show, while also serving as series Showrunner and Executive Producer for the 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015."

Great to have this all official now.
So much good stuff coming in 2015. It keeps getting better and better.
This gets a big YES! Drew Goddard is a great storyteller. If anybody can give us a great Daredevil, I think he could be the one.
But I was kind of hoping he would get hired to do a MCU feature, like a solo Hulk.
All right, I'll try some Daredevil. You got me, Marvel.
I love Daredevil. I love Goddard. I love Netflix. This is all win for me.
As for Daredevil, the Affleck movie proved that the character and his stories can be done so very wrong, but hopefully Goddard gets it right.
I think I'm part of the 0.3333% of people who actually like Affleck's Daredevil. Granted, it's not brilliant but I think it's a lot better than generally seen (Director's Cut is superior IMO). But I LOVE Goddard's work so really looking forward to this....
I rather liked the Daredevil film too BeSound. Can't remember if I've seen the director's cut.

This is amazing news. Really looking forward to this.

I have a question for those of you who read the comics: I read Frank Miller's The Man Without Fear last month after the first reports that Goddard might be involved with the series were linked here, really liked it and would like to read more. What should I read next?
Wow! Great for Drew and for Daredevil fans. It's been yonks since I've read the comics, but I loved them. Never saw the movie, not sure I'll bother at this rate.
I am so, so happy about this news. Daredevil was my first and favorite comic title, and Goddard has yet to do anything that doesn't thoroughly rock.
The Groosalugg- There's a a story that's collected called 'Born Again' also by Frank Miller when he was at his best, and it's often cited as one of the 3 greatest comic book stories of all time. And it might well be exactly that. It's an amazing story and definitely the best Daredevil tale IMHO.

I'd also recommend a graphic novel called Elektra Lives Again, as that was probably the last truly great work that Frank Miller did I think, and despite the title it's really a Daredevil story. It was published under Marvel's epic comics line, and as result it's a much more adult tale. Hard to find, but worth it!
They couldn't have picked a better writer/director for this.
This should be fantastic. I hope they let him go nuts, and don't stifle his stories for fear of disrupting their movie franchise. Surprised they're even letting a high-value property like Daredevil play around on Netflix. (Very happily surprised, of course!) Does anyone know what the budget will be like? Casting ideas??
I just watched the Director's cut of Daredevil. "Just" meaning literally 10 minutes ago. It was better than the theatrical release, but it still had a lot of the same problems.

However, I think some of those problems came from trying too hard to make Daredevil do big, impressive, movie things. Leaping 40 feet through the air, swinging on things that couldn't hold his weight, being inconsistent with how his hearing works to serve whatever a particular scene needs, etc.

These things really made me feel like Daredevil will work better as a TV show. Bump the gymnastics down to what we see on shows like Arrow and he becomes a cool, street level hero. When he becomes more consistent and less ridiculous, I think he'll work better.

Seeing the Director's Cut also made me feel better about Superman vs. Batman. With all the problems that Daredevil had, Ben Affleck wasn't one of them. But that's another discussion. :)
Thanks for the recommendations Jas! I'm definitely going to try to get my hands on "Born Again" and I will keep an eye out for "Elektra Lives Again" then.
I always thought the problem of the Daredevil movie was that it was made by fans who tried to cram too many of the comic book elements they liked into a single movie. (And honestly, everyone's perception of the film seems to have lowered with distance.)

Drew is apparently a big fan too, but Marvel has learned very well how to build stuff up at the proper pace, and thirteen eps gives more room as well.

The Groosalugg, what Jas said. "Born Again" is one of the best superhero stories ever. If you want more, I suspect and hope that the more recent run by Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev (followed by the one by Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark) will serve as inspiration for the show.

[ edited by Niels van Eekelen on 2013-12-07 12:51 ]
Oh, man, I thought these were going to be two hour movies for each character, I missed that this would be a series. Awesome! I'm excited for this.
I must admit I've never read a Daredevil comic, but Drew has me on board.
Daredevil is my favorite comic book character ever, so I'm definitely psyched for this show. Personally, I'm a fan of the flawed Ben Affleck movie. I thought it handled DD's origin story really well and I thought the actors all delivered solid performances. In fact, I thought it was the best I'd seen Affleck outside of a movie written and/or directed by himself or Kevin Smith.

The problems with the DD film fell largely at the feet of the director. Mark Steven Johnson wrote a solid script, but he wasn't equipped to direct an action film (the only other film he had directed to that point was SIMON BIRCH). Some of the action scenes were really bizarrely staged and many of the songs used in the film were so jarringly out of place, they pulled me out of the movie. Also, the costume wasn't great.

I think because Ben Affleck (and "Bennifer") reached the height of his overexposure shortly after Daredevil came out, it's gotten lumped in with Gigli as a terrible Affleck film. And the reviews really weren't THAT bad. Roger Ebert gave it 3 out of 4 stars. It was 45% on the tomatometer with an average score of 5.2 out of 10. I'm not claiming that's stellar but it doesn't come close to the low scores for Gigli, Phantoms, Reindeer Games, and Pearl Harbor.
I actually never really cared about Daredevil until I read Mark Waid's recent series which was a lot of fun compared to the kind of self-serious material it seems to have been starting with Miller (which I don't remember reading) but then all the people aping that style and heaping misery upon misery on the character.

I wonder if if the show can achieve a balance of gritty but not miserable?

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