DAREDEVIL Netflix Show Will Have a Gritty, 1970s New York Feel; Peter Shinkoda Added to the Cast as an Original Character

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Despite Drew Goddard choosing to step down as showrunner and just serve as a consultant and executive producer back in May, prep work on Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show hasn’t slowed down at all.  The show continued barreling towards its summer 2014 start, picking up Charlie Cox for the role of Matt Murdock, Vincent D’Onofrio as The Kingpin, Rosario Dawson as an unknown “absolutely critical” character, Deborah Ann Woll as our hero’s love interest, Karen Page, Elden Henson as Murdock’s best friend, Foggy Nelson, and, most recently, Falling Skies‘ Peter Shinkoda as an original character named Hachiro.

On top of that, we’ve got more world and tone details coming in.  We know the plan is for the show to take place on street level and explore the noir side of the Marvel Universe in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, but according to executive producer and new showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, it’ll be a gritty, ‘70s-style New York.  Hit the jump for more.

peter-shinkoda-falling-skiesWhile talking with Marvel Entertainment at the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere, DeKnight offered this update:

“We have started shooting in New York.  It’s going phenomenally well.  I was just at Disney in a top secret Marvel location today seeing something extremely cool that I can’t talk about.  You know Marvel, they’ll murder me in my sleep if I say anything.”

Regardless, DeKnight still spilled some details on the tone and look of the show:

“We’re going for a very kind of gritty, 1970s New York feel for the show.  We love the idea of beauty and the decay in the city, and Hell’s Kitchen being a place that is both horrible and beautiful at the same time, and that’s why Matt Murdoch loves it so much and wants to protect it.”

As for Shinkoda’s casting, that information comes from Deadline.  The outlet doesn’t offer any details on his character, but does note that it’s a “major recurring role.”  Daredevil is expected to premiere in 2015 with 13 episodes.




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  • Cody McGowan

    I don’t quite get the “70′s New York” thing. It was the same thing with the last movie that fell apart. Where do the 70′s factor in? I mean, the character was created in the 60′s, popularized in the 80′s (ok, technically Miller began in 79, but still), and then re-popularized at the tail end of the 90′s-early 2000′s. So why is everyone leaning toward a 1970′s aesthetic? It feels like it’s already over-done and we haven’t even seen it yet! (BTW I am actually looking forward to the series, so don’t take this as too much of a criticism. I’m just saying.)

    • Gregoryreg

      Because Hell’s Kitchen is gentrified today. It would be very silly seeing a superhero run around there with nothing to do in the real-world modern version of the city. He’d end up posing for a lot of tourists photos and occasionally stopping a cellphone snatcher or helping a drunk guy find the right train home after a theater show. The 1970s factor is just allowing the area to be seedier and more crime-ridden like it was before the city was cleaned up.

      • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

        not to mention the only places he could go are expensive independent coffee houses and paint your own pottery shops.

      • 80sRobot

        This will be interesting to see how this series pulls it off, since it doesn’t sound like it will be set in the actual 1970s. So I guess in the Marvel movie/TV universe, NYC still has nitty-gritty parts.

      • Nathan

        “It would be very silly seeing a superhero run around there with nothing to do in the real-world modern version of the city. He’d end up posing for a lot of tourists photos and occasionally stopping a cellphone snatcher or helping a drunk guy find the right train home after a theater show.”

        Hey! don’t make fun of Spider-man! His help in solving the small problems only occasionally goes unnoticed.

        To be fair though, that does sound like a cool show.
        Perhaps that could be a more honest take on Kick-ass. Theres this nice neighbourhood with only occasional crimes, then BAM! crazy kid becomes a vigilante hero, but instead becomes a major annoyance to everyone. This causes some super villains to appear to try and take down the “Hero”.
        Hijinks ensue.

    • Vulcan

      70′s style. New York in the 70′s was riddled with crime, drugs, and police corruption. Think about movies set in the 70′s like Taxi Driver, Serpico, American Gangster, etc. that have those themes. The show is trying to recapture that atmosphere of a dark, dangerous city. Before you say it, yes that sounds like Batman and Gotham City, but Daredevil and Hell’s Kitchen is similar in tone to Batman and Gotham City.

    • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

      The impression of your complaint implies that the time period that the movie would have been set in had something to do with it not coming together, when that’s the farthest thing from the truth.

      20th Century Fox originally were going to have David Slade direct, he left to do Hannibal, and Joe Carnahan came aboard. His idea, if i recall, would have taken place in the 1970′s and was well-received by studio brass.

      The problem came because the 20th Century is only a licensee of Daredevil, which means that they had to be in production by a certain date. They weren’t, and the license to the character went back to Marvel.

      Marvel even offered it back–for the right to use Galactus and the Silver Surfer (they’re also licensed to 20th Century Fox with the Fantastic Four) and Fox refused.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    This all sounds great. Glad that Marvel is really moving in a darker direction for this character. Was nervous at first when I heard the rights reverted back but after signing the deal w Netflix I was excited knowing that they were going to due the character justice.

    • Kyle Chandler

      Agreed! I was really excited to hear that they were going with a Daredevil TV show instead of a movie. Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

  • Jack

    I like the idea of setting the netflix marvel universe in the 1970s. They could do iron fist like a 70s bruce lee movie, Luke cage like a 70s blaxploitation movie, and daredevil in the 1970s would just be super cool. Imagine him kicking ass to some sweet 70s tunes

    • milo

      I can’t tell from the article if the show will actually be set in the 70s (making all four of the series set then assuming they will all eventually cross over). Or if it’s present day but just 70s vibe.

      • http://www.LittleMissCritical.com/ Perri Nemiroff

        Apologies for the lack of clarity. The show is set in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, but apparently it’ll still have a gritty, 1970s New York feel to it.

    • 80sRobot

      I agree, but it looks like this series is not set in the actual 1970s.

  • r3d3

    Gritty 70′s Daredevil – but no Carnahan? What the F?

    • Vulcan

      Because it was Fox that said no to Carnahan, then the rights reverted to Marvel and Disney who decided to do a tv show. I don’t know if Carnahan ever met with the Marvel people, but it does sound like they are doing something similar to his vision.

      • Vulcan

        Also, Carnahan probably has no time in doing a second tv show, as he is already involved with The Blacklist on NBC, that he writes, directs, and produces.

      • 80sRobot

        Carnahan’s take was set in the actual 1970s, but it doesn’t sound like this series will be.

  • g

    lol there is no such thing as gritty 70s feel when you are shooting digital.

    • F

      Shut the fuck up.

    • Theodore Trout

      Needs more cowbell.

  • Ryan

    I feel like nobody here can read. They said 1970′s STYLE. Not ERA, but STYLE. The series isn’t set in the 70′s, but they want that gritty feel to it. The series is set in a universe of superheroes, gods, and aliens, so I don’t have a problem if they depict an area of NYC being more run down and crime ridden that it might be.

    I sat through all the Fargo miniseries that depicted Bemidji as a small town with like 5 bumbling cops. I live in MN and I can tell you that while small-ish, it’s got LOTS of cops as home to the county courthouse and the overcrowded county jail. Knowing that though, I still enjoyed the show.

  • MJ

    “I feel like nobody here can read. They said 1970′s STYLE. Not ERA, but STYLE. The series isn’t set in the 70′s, but they want that gritty feel to it.”

    OK, I feel so much better now.

    (sarcasm)

  • slimpunk

    *Fingers crossed for a sneak peak at Comic-Con*

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