Netflix’s expansions into original programming have taken us into the upper echelons of Washington politics, the cell blocks of a women’s federal prison and the dangerous wilds of 13th century Asia, but next year will see the streaming service bring us somewhere both exciting and familiar for comic-book aficionados: Hell’s Kitchen, New York.
Daredevil, which stars Matthew Murdock, will follow the early days of the blind vigilante as he sets out to clean up the city’s mean streets. Today brings our first look at Murdock in costume as the titular hero, and it looks like, at least at first, the character will go for a stealthy all-black get-up, which is in keeping with the series’ reportedly gritty and grounded tone. Daredevil’s iconic red threads will evidently be introduced at a later date.
Today also brings word that Daredevil has officially wrapped production. Executive producer and showrunner Steven DeKnight tweeted out a thanks to the cast and crew, bidding adieu to New York:
Thanks to the cast and crew for an amazing experience directing the season finale of #Daredevil. Goodby, NYC. Peace and love!
— Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) December 21, 2014
DeKnight, who previously worked on Starz’s Spartacus series, has said that Daredevil will be “grittier and edgier” than anything we’ve seen thus far from Marvel, and though Netflix gives the series few restrictions on content, it is “not looking to push it to extreme violence or gratuitous nudity.” Fans should relish the 13-episode run though, as Daredevil will go on hiatus following that until a planned team-up miniseries called The Defenders (and seeing as that series will follow Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, none of which have yet entered production, it may be a very long wait).
Daredevil arrives in May of 2015. Will you be tuning in? Sound off below and let us know!
Starring Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsely aka The Owl), Vondie Curtis Hall (Ben Urich), Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley, Wilson Fisk’s right hand man), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa Fisk), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk), “Marvel’s Daredevil” follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.