From the sounds of things, Marvel Studios may have originally intended to make Matt Murdock a part of their Phase Three line-up. While speaking with IGN, Drew Goddard revealed that he had originally spoken with the studio about bringing Daredevil to the big screen rather than a thirteen episode series.
“I went into Marvel and talked to them about making it as a movie a couple of years ago, long after the Affleck movie. But what we all sort of realised is that, this movie doesn’t want to cost $200 million. The thing about Matt Murdock is, he’s not saving the world. He’s just keeping his corner clean. So it would feel wrong to have spaceships crashing in the middle of the city. But because of that, Marvel on the movie side is not in the business of making $25 million movies. They’re going big, as they should.”
Based on the audience reaction to the series, I’d have to say that Marvel Studios might have made the right decision here. Drew Goddard continued on, explaining why they decided to bring Daredevil to life on the small screen instead of bringing it to theaters.
“It felt that we’d have more freedom to make it on the small screen and make it more adult. Look, if we took the Netflix [show] and put it in theatres, it’s rated R. And they’re not doing R-rated movies. And we also got to really explore the charact.er. I feel like Netflix was the best possible home for that, otherwise you’d end up with a watered down version”
Drew Goddard also briefly teased the upcoming season of the series by stating that “if you liked Season 1, then Season 2 is going to blow your mind” and with the Punisher they are “able to do things on the small screen that fit that character better than if we had to water him down for the movies.” Without a doubt, Daredevil is one of the best comic book television series to date and Goddard’s comments should hype you up even more for the second season. Especially the point that he makes about Frank Castle.
Regarding the decision to make Daredevil a series a series versus a film? Well, being that “it’s all connected”, doesn’t mean we won’t see these characters make an appearance on the big screen down the line. Perhaps even sooner than we expect. As always, let us know what you think about what Drew Goddard had to say in the box below.