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.