Marvel Promises Daredevil Netflix Series Will Be Better Than Affleck Movie; It Certainly Could Not Be Any Worse

By Steve Buja , Updated Sep 21, 2014 11:36 AM EDT
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When the news hit that Marvel would be making a Daredevil show for Netflix, everyone had a sickly flashback to 2003 and the original Ben Affleck-led Daredevil movie. The film, written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson (who would go on to ruin Ghost Rider, as well) gave us only one good thing: Evanescence. Marvel does not plan for the new series to repeat the same mistakes.

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In speaking with KFI AM 640, via ComicBookMovie, Marvel producer Jeph Loeb discussed the upcoming Charlie Cox-led tale of the Man With No Fear: ""When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we're not doing, go watch the movie."

He added, citing a positive: "If you want to know what we're doing, it's very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that's really what television and our films really do is that we take the best....We hope and we're very confident that this is the beginning of something that's very exciting on Netflix." Which is the best non-answer answer someone like Loeb could give. "Of course we're basing it on the comics and of course it's going to be good!" he could have said and the exact same amount of information would have been conveyed.

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Fans have wondered what the "on the street" heroes will think of all the galactic, Avengers-esque shenanigans that happened in the 2012 film. "When I watched The Avengers, which is really one of my favorite movies, during the scene when the sky opens up, the Chitauri are coming and there's a giant battle over by Grand Central Station, even in the theater I was thinking, 'In the true Marvel Universe if you go about ten blocks over and an avenue down, there's a place called Hell's Kitchen and in that world are characters like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, and those characters are not going to be involved in an inter-warfare-universe-colliding incident. That's what the Avengers do and they do it really, really well and those movies are incredible.

We wanted to have an opportunity to be able to tell stories about our street-level heroes and how that they could possibly interact in the world of Marvel without it feeling like it's completely detached and by the same token feeling like it's part of that world."

Let's hope the cosmic plots get brought a little more down to earth. We have enough problems here on home without worrying about the Infinity Gauntlet.

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