Netflix CCO on Daredevil’s Tone & Casting Jessica Jones
The upcoming Daredevil live action original series on Netflix will serve as a reintroduction to Marvel’s Man Without Fear. Comic book readers have been able to follow the Daredevil monthly title for decades, but as far as the general public is concerned, Ben Affleck was their only Daredevil back in the 2003 feature film.
While speaking to Empire Magazine (via Comic Book Movie), Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos said “The [Daredevil] series will not be afraid to go darker than the film did. What we love about this particular set of heroes is that they’re a little more down to Earth. Costume wise and also in that these are gritty crime stories, more in the streets than in the clouds.”
Sarandos also confirmed that the “Jessica Jones” series is the one that will follow “Daredevil” before Netflix and Marvel turn their attention towards Luke Cage and Iron Fist. “Right now, the writers’ rooms are open and they’re looking at casting Jessica,” noted Sarandos. “If you sense some hesitation in my voice, that’s classic Marvel fashion. They like to keep that veil of secrecy. But Daredevil is already shooting, since that’s out first. Eventually the series will run very close together. You can then have a separate season where the characters will cross over.”
When asked whether any of Marvel’s Netflix series could crossover with the Marvel Studios feature films, Sarandos replied that “it has definitely been talked about.”
“Daredevil” will premiere on Netflix in 2015 with 13 episodes that will likely be released simultaneously. “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage” will be released after “Daredevil” before the four heroes team up in “The Defenders” miniseries.