When it came to reviving the live-action Daredevil, Marvel made some cautious moves. After winning the rights back, many thought that the superhero entertainment powerhouse would bring the vigilante back to the big screen, but it turns out that Drew Goddard - responsible for creating the new Netflix series - had other ideas. In an interview with IGN, Goddard explains why he ultimately decided to lead the charge and bring Marvel to a new entertainment platform.
I went into Marvel and talked to them about making it as a movie a couple of years ago, long after the [Ben] Affleck movie. But what we all sort of realized 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.
This explains why Marvel has decided to split several other projects up into TV shows, like [Marvel's Agent Carter](tag:1119765) and [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469), but Goddard, believing in the beauty within the show's simplicity, decided that a new path with no limits was perfect for Daredevil.
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 theaters, it’s rated R. And they’re not doing R-rated movies. And we also got to really explore the character. I feel like Netflix was the best possible home for that, otherwise you’d end up with a watered down version.
If the incredible fan response to the show is any indication, this was the perfect plan for a hero who isn't as widely-known as the Avengers, and for a team that has a little more edge than your standard star-spangled superhero.
Marvel’s Daredevil returns Netflix in for Season 2 in 2016.