Marvel currently has four Netflix series in the works with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, which will all culminate in the miniseries The Defenders. Daredevil, written and directed by The Cabin in the Woods and The Sinister Six's Drew Goddard, will be the first show out of the gate, hitting sometime in 2015. Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has revealed that they are looking at this first season of the hour long drama as one large 13-hour movie tailor made for binge viewing.
Joe Quesada got his start as a comic book artist before becoming editor of the Marvel Knights comic line. The biggest part of that series was Daredevil, a relaunch that included art from Quesada himself along with new stories from Tusk director Kevin Smith. It appears that Joe Quesada will also be working closely with Drew Goddard in the development of Daredevil as a TV series.
This is what he had to say about the cohesive structuring of the Daredevil series, which will play like one long movie when it is watched all in one setting.
"I've been working very, very closely with the entire team on all levels of the show. I think everybody knows my relationship with the character of Daredevil, and how important the character is to me - not just on an emotional front, but on a professional front. How DD brought me back here to Marvel, and how instrumental he was to even me being in this particular position I'm in today. I'm very involved with the show, as well as everything that we're doing with the Netflix shows. I'm incredibly excited, plus the dark and gritty noir world of DD and the Netflix characters, its kind of where I live so it naturally attracts me to begin with.
One of the advantages is really from the planning stage - obviously it's much easier to work with a smaller number of episodes than it is with a larger number of episodes. We can sit there and look at 13 episodes and plan it out as a very large movie. It makes seeing the bigger picture a little bit easier...
You can't deny that there will be binge-viewing. You know that there are going to be some Marvel fans that when this show premieres, they are going to go on to Netflix, and they are going to sit there for 12 to 13-plus hours, and watch the entire thing all the way through. It's going to happen. The Netflix model offers us the advantage of being able to construct the show in a manner that is very different than a weekly network TV show... With weekly TV, you sit there and go, "The audience may not want to wait two or three weeks to get this particular bit of information." Whereas with Netflix, we might be able to hold onto a particular piece of information, because they may just watch it two hours later.
It's a different kind of construction. The simplest way to put it in comic book terms is that it's the difference between writing a monthly comic series as opposed to writing a graphic novel. You can tell the same story within the same page count in both formats, but you may parse out that information or construct your story differently because of how it's going to be delivered and consumed."
Speking with CBR, Joe Quesada also made it clear that they are not trying to erase the 2003 Daredevil starring Ben Affleck from existence.
"It's a different kind of construction. The simplest way to put it in comic book terms is that it's the difference between writing a monthly comic series as opposed to writing a graphic novel. You can tell the same story within the same page count in both formats, but you may parse out that information or construct your story differently because of how it's going to be delivered and consumed."
Daredevil does not yet have a premiere date planned.