Joss Whedon is currently doing the press tour for Avengers:Age of Ultron (review coming soon). During one such interview, Whedon revealed that he actually fought with Marvel to make it a film, instead of a TV series.
“I fought for Daredevil to be a film instead of a TV show. Then under the auspices of Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight. I’m dying to see the show but they released it just as I started the press tour. If the show’s working, the show’s working. Comic books are serialised entertainment and a lot of them lend themselves to TV shows as much or more than they do to movies. I like Daredevil because he’s basically Marvel’s Batman, thanks to Frank Miller basically. So for me I didn’t think they’d be able to sustain that sort of mood on TV but TV has changed so much. It’s come up so much that I think it might just be the right place.”
Marvel kicked off the first of its four Netflix shows earlier this month, with Daredevil. The 13-part series landed on our devices on April the 10th. I’ve already binge watched it twice (review coming soon).
Ultimately, I think Marvel were right to go for a series. Netflix allows them to enter the slightly grittier side of the MCU, that mainstream American networks would never allow. I really hope the rumoured Netflix Punisher show is true.
Ryan Phillippe has revealed that he has been in talks with Marvel to star in one of their upcoming Netflix shows. He didn’t specifically say what role he was up for, but Iron Fist is the only logical conclusion, as it’s the only main character whose casting as not yet been announced.
People have speculated that he may be playing Bullseye in series 2 of Daredevil, but that’s very unlikely as they haven’t even begun scripting that yet.
Marvel fans may remember that he was very nearly Captain America a few years back. I think Phillippe is a great choice for Iron Fist.
Netflix and Disney have struck a deal
with ABC to co-produce four Marvel superheroes TV series, to be streamed exclusively on Netflix.
The first series’ will be Daredevil, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.
The four serialised storyline’s will culminate in an Avengers-style superhero team-up, which will take place in a Netflix original film called The Defenders.
As ABC is involved there is always the possibility of an agents of shield cross-over.
I’m excited by this news, Netflix has a fairly great track record and producing original content.
However the series I most want to see is The Punisher, let’s just hope that happens.