We have seen a few leaks here and there about what kind of man Daredevil is going to be in Marvel’s upcoming ‘Daredevil’ series on Netflix. But what of his two biggest advisaries Kingpin and Bullseye? Check out the latest scoop on how those two characters will be portrayed and share your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP!
“It does take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Jeph Loeb reiterated in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “It’s all connected. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that we would look up in the sky and see [Iron Man]. It’s just a different part of New York that we have not yet seen in the Marvel movies.” That makes sense of course, but we still don’t really know how tied into the movies Daredevil will be. You have to imagine it will be similar to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with various references to the events going on elsewhere (though it’s impossible to even speculate at this point as we have zero idea where in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s timeline these shows take place). “Within the Marvel universe there are thousands of heroes of all shapes and sizes, but The Avengers are here to save the universe and Daredevil is here to save the neighborhood,” Loeb adds. “It’s a very unique look at Hell’s Kitchen in New York, where Matt Murdoch grew up and continues to defend it from people who would harm the people that live there.”
Changing the subject somewhat, Charlie Cox (who plays the titular character) weighed in on how his take on Daredevil isn’t necessarily a “Man Without Fear”, something which isn’t a huge departure from how he’s been portrayed in the comics in recent years. “Someone who does not have fear — literally does not experience fear — is not that interesting. The way I like to think about it is that he is a man with fear, but he on a daily basis decides to confront that fear and to overcome it. So the title of ‘the man without fear’ is almost a title that the public in his world gives him just because of what he does. But inside himself, he’s very afraid at times. And he finds a way to confront those fears and punch through it.” It should be interesting to see how much the series plays on Daredevil’s depression and the like, but regardless of whether they tackle those issues at such an early stage, we do know that The Kingpin will be making his life a hell.
“This season is about both the rise of the hero and the rise of the villain,” Loeb teased, before showrunner and director Steven DeKnight added: “Fisk has very many different aspects so it’s not all, ‘I want to conquer the city and make a lot of money.’ In our story, we tell the story of how he met his wife Vanessa and how they fell in love — our antagonist actually has a love story. That’s the love story you’re following, the one you’re invested in, and seeing how that affects him and changes him. I think Vincent just brings such depth to it, his performance is just astounding.” It appears as if the 13-part drama could end up being one big origin story then (will you be annoyed if the classic red suit doesn’t show up until the final scene?), something which might just explain the absence of Bullseye.
“I wouldn’t say there’s no plans to include the character in the series,” DeKnight reveals, confirming that he won’t appear in season one. “It’s not not to say he wouldn’t be in the series at some point. But I think if you try to jam in too many characters, it just becomes a mess. And [Bullseye’s] story was told in the last iteration of Daredevil that anybody saw. My feeling was, ‘Why repeat it?’ And honestly, if you’re looking for a juicy, multi-faceted crime drama, Wilson Fisk was the obvious choice to play the antagonist. Bullseye is a little more cut and dry. Not to say you couldn’t make him fantastic over 13 hours, but Fisk really felt like the right yin to the yang for Matt, and for what we wanted to do this season.” What do you guys think of these comments?