DAREDEVIL Boss Steven S. DeKnight Talks Taking Over for Drew Goddard, Netflix, and More

     April 30, 2015


While we all hoped Marvel’s Daredevil would turn out well, I’ll admit the show is a lot better than I expected. As most of you have seen, it’s gritty, dark, and features great performances across the board with special mention to Vincent D’Onofrio’s work as Kingpin. He’s a fully formed antagonist that has issues like the rest of us. I also love that Daredevil  doesn’t shy away from showing the dark underbelly of New York City (specifically Hell’s Kitchen), and gives us a very different look at what’s going on in the Marvel universe.

At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. He talked about taking over for Drew Goddard, how much he followed the existing blueprint, the advantages of making a show for Netflix, Easter eggs, Wilson Fisk and Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of him, if there were any major changes or course-corrections during production, and a lot more.

Note: This interview was done prior to the news that DeKnight would not be back for season 2.


Steven S. DeKnight:

  • :15 – His reaction to the first reviews. Reminisces about the bad reviews for the first episode of Spartacus.
  • 1:00 – Talks about the narrative advantages of Netflix. They have the ability to have people just sitting and talking in a long scene.
  • 2:15 – How many of the scripts were finished by the time they started filming? Talks about taking over the show after Drew Goddard left.
  • 3:00 – Says he inherited a 13-episode layout written by Goddard, which detailed what each episode would be about. He opted not to alter that blueprint.
  • 4:15 – Talks about his relationship with Goddard and co-writing scripts together on Angel.
  • 5:25 – Easter eggs.
  • 6:20 – Talks about Easter eggs for the other Marvel Netflix shows.
  • 7:40 – Will he be involved with other Marvel Netflix series?
  • 8:55 – Season 2 talk, and how it would fall into the overall plan to build to The Defenders.
  • 10:15 – Were there any major changes or course-corrections during production?
  • 11:13 – Wilson Fisk and Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal.