This will probably be a kind of “no duh” update for those of us who understand how business models work, but it looks like those who enjoy stuffing themselves with as much TV as they can in one sitting are going to be pleased with the planned release of Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil series.
Comic Book Resources recently sat down with former Marvel Comics Editor in Chief Joe Quesada (who has since been promoted to Chief Creative Officer), and it seems like not only is Daredevil a mere heartbeat away, but the series is also going to follow the traditional Netflix model of distribution. Quesada comments on many different topics during the interview, but the most intriguing quotes described just how hands on he is in the process of developing these series.
In talking about the planning of Daredevil (and any other series that may premiere on Netflix):
“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… 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.”
Judging from his words, Quesada also seems personally invested in Daredevil:
“I’ve been working very, very closely with the entire team on all levels of the show. I think everybody knows my relationship with the character of Daredevil, and how important the character is to me — not just on an emotional front, but on a professional front. How DD brought me back here to Marvel, and how instrumental he was to even me being in this particular position I’m in today. I’m very involved with the show, as well as everything that we’re doing with the Netflix shows. I’m incredibly excited, plus the dark and gritty noir world of DD and the Netflix characters, it’s kind of where I live so it naturally attracts me to begin with.”
Daredevil is only one of four series being developed with Netflix (including Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones), all of which will culminate in a miniseries known as The Defenders (which essentially sounds like the ’70s TV Movie version of The Avengers). And while no release date for Daredevil has been set as of yet, one would assume casting announcements should be coming any day now. It’s an exciting time to be a comic book cinema fan, as the ocean of content to dive into has never been more vast.
Source: Television Blend