'Daredevil' Showrunner Talks About Upcoming Netflix Series, Says The Series Will Be 'Gritty' And 'Realistic'

  • Richard Conte , Design & Trend Contributor
  • Oct, 02, 2014, 05:43 PM
Steven S. DeKnight
(Photo : Getty Images/Alberto E. Rodriguez) "Daredevil" Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight attends The World Premiere of Marvel'’s "“Guardians of the Galaxy" at the Dolby Theatre. July 21, 2014.

"Daredevil" showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight recently spoke about the upcoming Netflix series and described what fans can expect from the show.

DeKnight told Paste Magazine that this version of the character will be as realistic as possible. With that in mind, he said the show itself will be gritty to fit into the interpretation.

"With this version of Daredevil, we wanted it to be grounded, gritty, as realistic as we could portray. That naturally fits in with the Daredevil character. Matt Murdock, on a regular basis, would get the shit beat out of him," he said. "That’s one thing that makes him a great character. He’s not super strong. He’s not invulnerable. In every aspect, he’s a man that’s just pushed himself to the limits, he just has senses that are better than a normal humans. He is human. The other thing that really drew me to this character is that he’s one of the most morally grey of the heroes."

DeKnight continued with his statement by saying that Daredevil is a morally ambiguous character because of the decision's he makes. He also mentioned that he's found influence from the Frank Miller interpretation of the character.

"He’s a lawyer by day, and he’s taken this oath. But every night he breaks that oath, and goes out and does very violent things. The image that always stuck in my mind was the Frank Miller Elektra run where he’s holding Bullseye over the street, and he lets Bullseye go because he doesn’t want Bullseye to ever kill anyone again. When I read that originally, when I was young, I’d never seen anything like that in comics," he said. "Superman scoops up the villain and puts them in jail. This time the hero didn’t do that. It was a morally grey ground that I found absolutely fascinating. There are two sides to this character. He’s literally one bad day away from becoming the The Punisher! Frank Castle went just a little bit further than he did. Daredevil has no qualms about beating the hell out of somebody. He’s not going to tie them up with his webs! He’ll come close to killing somebody. And it’s that fine edge—Why doesn’t he go all the way? I really liked the flawed heroes, the human heroes."

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