DAREDEVIL TV Series Casts Scott Glenn as Stick, Matt Murdock’s Mentor

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I’ll most definitely be checking out Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show (even though my excitement may have dimmed a bit in the wake of writer Drew Goddard’s departure).  The last we’d heard on the casting front was that Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) would be signing up for the role of Karen Page.  Now we’ve got confirmed news that Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs, The Right Stuff) will also be joining the series as Stick, Matt Murdock’s mentor.  I can definitely see this working, Glenn has a terse reserve that allows him to be commanding without being broad.

Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) will star as Murdock/Daredevil, along with Elden Henson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) as Murdock’s best friend and legal partner Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio as the crime lord Kingpin, and Rosario Dawson, who has an unknown ‘critical’ role on the show. Hit the jump for more on Scott Glenn playing Stick.  Daredevil will premiere on Netflix next year.

Marvel Television to Bring AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. and DAREDEVIL to New York Comic Con

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San Diego Comic Con still feels like just yesterday, but New York Comic Con is only a month away now.  Disney already announced that it’s bringing Big Hero 6 and Tomorrowland to the event, and now Marvel Television is revealing its plans as well.

Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel Animation will all make their way into the Javits Center this year.  It all begins on Friday, October 10th with the Marvel Animation presentation featuring an exclusive first look at Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. season 2.  Shortly after that Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, will take the stage to introduce the world premiere of an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode and then the next day, the cast of Daredevil will make their very first public appearance.  Hit the jump for more.  NYCC 2014 begins on October 9th and wraps up on the 12th.

Netflix Chief Says Marvel TV Characters Could Cross Over to the Film World; Confirms Netflix Plan Is Based on THE AVENGERS Model

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When Marvel Studios finally executed its plan of teaming up various individual film characters into one big movie, The Avengers, it was a smashing success to the tune of $1.5 billion.  After that, the studio turned its attention to the small screen with its first self-produced TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The show was met with a less-than-enthusiastic response, and while faithful viewers say it found its footing in the latter half of its freshman season, much of the show’s look-in audience had already abandoned it.

And so it’s with a certain mix of anticipation and caution that fans await Marvel’s upcoming series of Netflix shows.  The studio will kick things off with a 13-episode Daredevil series, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage and culminating in a 13-episode team-up season of The Defenders.  Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently spoke a bit about the shows, revealing that a crossover into the MCU “has been talked about” and confirming that the Netflix plan is modeled off The Avengers.  Much more after the jump.

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.

DAREDEVIL Adds TRUE BLOOD’s Deborah Ann Woll to Play Love Interest Karen Page

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Marvel’s Daredevil TV series has added Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) to the cast to play Karen Page.  The character has long been the blind superhero’s love interest in the comics, and it looks like the Netflix limited series will continue that tradition.  In the comics, the two go through periods of break-ups and make-ups that ultimately ends with her being killed by Bullseye, because what good is a female character if she can’t be murdered by the hero’s arch-nemesis? (see also: Elektra)  Hopefully, the Daredevil TV series makes Page more than a love interest followed by tragedy fodder.

Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) will star as Murdock/Daredevil, along with Elden Henson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) as Murdock’s best friend and legal partner Foggy Nelson, Vincent D’Onofrio as the crime lord Kingpin, and Rosario Dawson, who has an unknown role on the show.  Daredevil will premiere on Netflix next year. [EW]

DAREDEVIL: Rosario Dawson Joins Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio in Marvel’s Netflix Series

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Rosario Dawson marks the latest addition to Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, Daredevil.  The show’s first female cast member will join Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire), who plays blind lawyer Matt Murdock and his title character alter ego, and Vincent D’Onofrio, who was recently cast to play the villainous Kingpin.  While we don’t know exactly who Dawson will be playing (or if it’s a character pulled from the mythology or an original creation), but it’s expected to be an “absolutely critical” role played out over multiple episodes.  Hit the jump for more.

Vincent D’Onofrio to Play Kingpin in Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix Series

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Though it lost the most promising piece of the puzzle when Drew Goddard departed as showrunner, Marvel continues to put together its first Netflix series Daredevil.  Actor Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) was recently tapped to lead the Marvel comic adaptation as the blind lawyer Matt Murdock, and now the series has found its primary antagonist.  Yes, The Kingpin will plague Daredevil in the 13-episode run, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent actor Vincent D’Onofrio will be the one to bring the character to life.  Hit the jump for more.

Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Series Taps Charlie Cox as Lead [Updated with Confirmation of Cox's Casting and Modern-Day Setting]

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Fans of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire should recognize Marvel/Netflix’s recently tapped Daredevil lead, Charlie Cox.  This news comes just a few days after it was reported that Drew Goddard has exited the project (though he’ll stay on as a consultant), with Spartacus’ Steven S. DeKnight  taking over showrunner duties.  While the drama behind the scenes continues to unfold over at Marvel, Cox is set to step in front of the camera as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer/crimefighter in “modern day Hell’s Kitchen.”  The series, one of four, is set to run for 13 episodes next year.  Hit the jump for more [including our updated confirmation from Marvel].

Drew Goddard Exits Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Series; SPARTACUS Showrunner Steven DeKnight to Serve as Replacement

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More bad news for Marvel.  After Edgar Wright left the studio’s Ant-Man adaptation yesterday, reportedly due to script rewrites from Marvel, The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard has stepped down from Marvel’s Daredevil TV show adaptation.  This is another significant blow to the studio, which has seemingly become more homogenized since its popularity has skyrocketed.  Goddard—a lifelong Daredevil fan—was poised to write, direct, and run a 13-episode adaptation of the comic to debut on Netflix next year, but he’s now off the project and a new showrunner has already been enlisted.  Hit the jump for more.

Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada Talks Netflix’s DAREDEVIL Series; Compares It to a Graphic Novel

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Marvel is determined to turn our viewing habits upside down.  There are those who argue that the Marvel Cinematic Universe should be viewed like a gigantic TV series and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is the showrunner.  The studio’s first foray into television was the disappointing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which adhered to an episodic structure.  As we previously reported, S.H.I.E.L.D. will return for a second season and be joined by the new (and more promising) series Agent Carter.  But Marvel is also working with Netflix, and they’re developing series based on Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, all of which will culminate in the miniseries The Defenders.  It’s the kind of ambition we’ve come to expect from Marvel, and while they’re turning movies into TV series, they’re planning to turn network series into movies.

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Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix Series Takes Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Will Tell “Street-Level” Superhero Stories

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Though Marvel Studios’ first foray into the television world, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has been struggling to find its footing, their next television effort has a considerable amount of promise.  Instead of another network series, Marvel is moving ahead with four separate Netflix series, all of which will culminate in a limited The Defenders run.  Though we’ll be getting to Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist Netflix shows in the coming years, the first one out of the gate is Daredevil.  Moreover, it has The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director and self-identifying Daredevil superfan Drew Goddard at the helm as showrunner, writer, and director.

With production on Daredevil looking to get underway in New York City this summer, Marvel Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada recently spoke a bit about the Daredevil Netflix show, confirming it will take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and discussing how it will differ from Marvel’s feature efforts.  Read on after the jump.

Marvel’s Hell’s Kitchen Netflix Shows Will Shoot in New York

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Though we still don’t have a firm release date for Marvel’s upcoming slate of Netflix series, we do know where they will be filmed.  It was announced today that the Hell’s Kitchen-set shows for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will be shot entirely in New York City, marking the biggest production commitment in New York State history.  The project will produce 60 one-hour episodes, encompassing four individual series (of 13 episodes each) and one mini-series (dubbed The Defenders) that teams up all of the aforementioned characters and revolves around their exploits in Hell’s Kitchen.  The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard is spearheading Daredevil as the writer and director of that series and Melissa Rosenberg is shepherding Jessica Jones, but we don’t have any further details on the other shows just yet.

Production on the series will begin this summer with the first show, Daredevil, to debut on Netflix sometime in 2015.  Read the full, lengthy press release after the jump.

Drew Goddard Confirmed to Write, Direct, and Run Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix Series

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Marvel has confirmed some exciting news relating to its upcoming string of Netflix shows.  We learned last month that Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard was in talks to spearhead Marvel’s Daredevil series, and now the studio has confirmed that Goddard will indeed be running the show.  The Cloverfield scribe will write and direct the first episode and will act as showrunner and executive producer on the show’s entire 13-episode run.  Daredevil is one of four one-season Netflix series that Marvel is producing, which also includes Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.  All of the one-season shows will lead up to a The Defenders miniseries.

Daredevil will be first out of the gate, with Marvel confirming that it will premiere on Netflix in 2015.  With a guy as passionate and talented as Goddard at the helm, Daredevil looks to be in very good hands.

Drew Goddard in Talks to Pen Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix Series

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Things appear to be moving quickly on Marvel’s venture into the television world.  Just a few months after launching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC to a mixed response, Marvel announced that it was teaming up with Netflix to develop four live-action series centering around four separate characters, followed by a Marvel’s The Defenders mini-series event that will bring the characters together.  The first character series out of the gate will be Daredevil, as the character rights just recently reverted back to Marvel after Fox failed to mount a feature film reboot in time.  Now we have our first clue as to what to expect from the Daredevil series, as Cabin in the Woods and Cloverfield scribe Drew Goddard is being eyed to pen the adventures of blind superhero Matt Murdock.

Hit the jump for more, including what Goddard told us last year about his passion for the character.

TOP 5: THOR: THE DARK WORLD, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, Marvel Live-Action Series Coming to Netflix, 47 RONIN Set Visit, Blockbuster Video Is Dead

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Although I hate to naysay, I’ve gone on record several times with my lack of excitement for the upcoming RoboCop remake (here’s one example although I’m sure there are more). This past week MGM and Sony released the new trailer for the film and while I think the cast has the potential to be great, in general the movie just keeps digging itself into a bigger hole with every bit of new footage that I see. Whereas Paul Verhoeven‘s original was laced with social critique that was often ahead of its time if not at least skillfully deployed, this latest trailer goes out of its way to show that it too has something to say about social issues with on the nose references to the idea of using American resources to promote peace abroad rather than at home and the invasive nature of corporate marketing/branding. You keep up with current affairs, we get it. Speaking of marketing, probably my biggest beef with this latest cut comes in its final seconds when it shows RoboCop making a grandiose landing that essentially says “You guys liked the Iron Man movies, right?! You should definitely check this out then because it has a guy in a futuristic suit too!”. Thanks but no thanks, MGM and Sony.

Now that I’ve levied more criticism on a 2:30 trailer than is likely fair, let’s move on to something more positive. This week’s Top 5 features Thor: The Dark World interviews with Tom Hiddleston and more, Dallas Buyers Club interviews with the likes of Jared Leto, the news that Marvel will bring live-action series to Netflix featuring Daredevil and others, a recap of Steve’s 47 Ronin set visit, and a farewell to the once massive video rental chain, Blockbuster Video. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

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