Joe Quesada On Netflix's DAREDEVIL; "We're Not Trying To Erase The Memory Of What Came Before"

Emphasising the fact that Marvel aren't worried about the Daredevil movie colouring people's perceptions of the upcoming Netflix series, Joe Quesada also discusses the approach to The Man Without Fear's small screen adventures and more...

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By Josh Wilding - 5/10/2014

When Marvel regained the rights to Daredevil from Twentieth Century Fox, many fans were left hoping that the iconic superhero would finally be given the movie he deserves. However, just as many suggested a TV show, and so they must have been very pleased to learn that The Man Without Fear was one of four characters being brought to Netflix. Drew Goddard is attached to write and possibly direct, though Joe Quesada has talked more about his involvement too. "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."

As for whether or not he and Marvel are concerned about what has come before having an impact on how viewers perceive Daredevil, he added, "Let me be clear, we're not going into this show with the idea of trying to erase the memory of anything that came before or really any preconceived notions whatsoever. We're going into the show trying to create something that's incredibly exciting, incredibly engaging, and will give our fans something that they love, something that's unexpected, something that's going to keep them coming back for more. That's really, ultimately, the goal of this: How do we produce a "Daredevil" TV show on Netflix, that's going to be viewed the way that people view content on Netflix, in a way that's going to be compelling, feels unique, while bringing something that is not only true to the character, but providing something unexpected as well." It's hard to imagine that this series will have much at all in common with the 2003 movie, but with a decade between then and the debut of Netflix's Daredevil, it's hard to imagine too many people thinking back to that release anyway!

"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," Quesada said of the approach they're taking to the series based on the fact that they can debut each episode on one go. "I 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. It's going to happen. The Netflix model offers us the advantage of being able to construct the show in a manner that is very different than a weekly network TV show."
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TheAbaryMan369 - 5/10/2014, 3:21 PM
"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."

I guess if they are aiming at a single storyline that is true. I would prefer if there was a full 20-some episode season, but I guess that all depends on if the show is good at all though.
Marvel1997 - 5/10/2014, 3:22 PM
Can't wait
Starkasm - 5/10/2014, 3:23 PM
Mert murderk
Batmaniac - 5/10/2014, 3:23 PM
I can't wait for this show!
SidTheSloth - 5/10/2014, 3:24 PM
Can't wait!
Kurne - 5/10/2014, 3:24 PM
"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. It's going to happen."

Marvel1997 - 5/10/2014, 3:24 PM
Does anyone know who has the rights Wilson Fisk?
MrBlackjack - 5/10/2014, 3:25 PM
Marvel1997 - 5/10/2014, 3:26 PM
I know Sony aren't able to use him for Spiderman because if they had the rights to him I'm pretty sure He would have Been mentioned countless times in their Daily Bugle Virals
Kurne - 5/10/2014, 3:27 PM
Why can I still see the costume turning out bad?
Marvel1997 - 5/10/2014, 3:28 PM
If any villain needs more love on the big screen, the King Pin is one of them
CherryBomb - 5/10/2014, 3:30 PM
Oh shut up just tell us the cast!
0megaDaGod - 5/10/2014, 3:30 PM
"bringing something that is not only true to the character, but providing something unexpected as well."

I wish more people would understand the importance of this. They really need comic people working on these things

Can't wait
DaVinci31 - 5/10/2014, 3:30 PM
I wish Comic Book Characters would just stay in theatrical films.
Tuuralihn - 5/10/2014, 3:31 PM
12 or 13 episodes are so much better than 22, 23 or 24 episodes. No filler eps, just focus on the story arc. I'll take quality over quantity any day!
McNyagano - 5/10/2014, 3:31 PM
I made a Netflix account as soon as these shows were announced lol;)
kevberg - 5/10/2014, 3:32 PM
@Kume..why ? the new Flash costume is almost s rip off of the DD movie costume----wait..thats not really a good thing for THE FLASH..
kevberg - 5/10/2014, 3:33 PM
The Flash costume is crap....

such a letdown.


Daredevil should be Ok.
McNyagano - 5/10/2014, 3:34 PM
"I'm incredibly excited, plus the dark and gritty noir world of DD and the Netflix characters."

And people were saying Marvel wouldn't take this route with the Netflix shows lol
ManDeth - 5/10/2014, 3:36 PM
I don't think anyone said they were trying to erase what came before. And it's very bad for this show that Joe Quesada and his fat face are involved in it. He has proven that he has very terrible judgement in creating stories and in character direction.
And Marvel Comics is a mess because of his years of mis-management. He's the guy who ruined Marvel Comics beyond repair.
MrFridayNights - 5/10/2014, 3:37 PM
People should be afraid of Joe Quesadilla
MrMartinMarvel - 5/10/2014, 3:38 PM
"We're Not Trying To Erase The Memory Of What Came Before"
Could you do so anyway? I'd really appreciate it.
nld3 - 5/10/2014, 3:38 PM
Why would they worry or even care about that DD movie. Its over, it sucked. Now make a series like the comic books, duh!
ManDeth - 5/10/2014, 3:38 PM
@kevberg The Flash costume is excellent! It's in league with the very best costumes from film.
MrFridayNights - 5/10/2014, 3:38 PM
I just hope the Daredevil show is rated TV-MA and Electra has sex scenes now that would be awesome lol
TheMadman - 5/10/2014, 3:40 PM
Daredevil came out in 2003
DaVinci31 - 5/10/2014, 3:41 PM
@McNy

That was actually pretty obvious to everyone.

Marvel couldn't really introduce these characters (that have been announced to be developed through Netflix) through the MCU due to their contrasting nature and tone, so they decided to put them in the one place that wasn't chained down to the restrictions of both the MCU and the network (for different reasons, obviously).
ckal - 5/10/2014, 3:42 PM
theabaryman-

13 IS a full season on premium channels.


20 episodes is garbage network television.
ckal - 5/10/2014, 3:42 PM
13 episodes*
JoJo1982 - 5/10/2014, 3:43 PM
Happy with everything he just said



Except FOX daredevil came out in 2003 not 2005
DrDoom - 5/10/2014, 3:43 PM
Daredevil movie came out in 2003, not 2005.
ThrotTheUnclean - 5/10/2014, 3:45 PM
God, I am ready for these shows! I have been waiting to see Iron Fist portrayed in something for so long.
Pheezmatic - 5/10/2014, 3:46 PM
@McNy
Right? You KNOW marvel AND Quesada get this character so well... I'd expect some Miller inspiration as well as Kevin Smith,and maybe even some Mark Waid. All I know is that I'd be very surprised if this show isn't dark, gritty, and noirish as hell.

Can't f*ckin wait.
JoJo1982 - 5/10/2014, 3:48 PM
2 hour movie < 13 hr TV show (no commercials)
Pheezmatic - 5/10/2014, 3:48 PM
@Davinci
Although. ..I have heard these will be a part of the MCU timeline.
DrunkenNukem - 5/10/2014, 3:48 PM
House of Cards and Daredevil on Netflix

Flash and Arrow on CW

24 and Constantine on Fox

Game Of Thrones, True Detective, Mad Men on HBO

Black Sails on Starz


..so many ...so little time
ThrotTheUnclean - 5/10/2014, 3:50 PM
When are the release dates for these? I am going to binge watch them like I have every season of every Netflix show.
McNyagano - 5/10/2014, 3:50 PM
DaVinci

There were some people who were saying the shows will be 'Disneyfied' whatever that means.
batz11 - 5/10/2014, 3:51 PM
@McN,so did I, haha
maninfinesuit - 5/10/2014, 3:51 PM
Smaller season shows are always better.
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