‘Cabin in the Woods’ Director Drew Goddard to Pen Netflix’s Daredevil Series

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Well, that certainly didn’t take long. Less than a week after the announcement of a massive 4-show, 1-miniseries partnership between Marvel and Netflix, The Wrap is reporting that Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard – also a protégé of Avengers director Joss Whedon – will be penning the up-and-coming television power’s Daredevil series.

For the unitiated, The Man Without Fear is Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer by day and a red-suited, largely super power-free crimefighter by night armed with an unconventional white cane and a 365-degree enhanced radar sense. He is one of Marvel’s premiere “street level” characters.

Doing quite well for himself since his days on Whedon’s Buffy and Angel, Goddard has also worked on a number of successful projects that are cultishly loved yet divisive: AliasLost, and Cloverfield. He had a hand in penning Cabin in the Woods (with Whedon), World War Z – the rewrites, thankfully – and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Robopocalypse. 

Besides experience in genre television, genre movies, and Whedon properties, Goddard has also tried his hand at writing actual comic books. His credits include issues #12-15 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 (published in 2008) and Tales of the Vampires (another Buffy-related outing, originally published in 2003 and 2004).

While that’s not a lot of experience in comics, and certainly nothing out of his area of expertise, this is a reassuring choice for fans to be charged with resurrecting a character who hasn’t received quality treatment on either big or small screen. A television writer, a friend of Joss Whedon, and a man familiar with comic books, Goddard is a solid, if unsurprising, choice. At the very least, the Daredevil series can be described with the adjective most important to Marvel: “on brand.”

As further reassurance to fans, The Wrap included this:

Goddard is a self-professed “Daredevil” buff whose interest in the character is well known. “You’re talking to a guy who had quotes from Daredevil painted on his wall while growing up,” Goddard told Collider earlier this year. “Even when I was 18, I still had the blood red door with the, ‘I have shown him that a man without hope is a man without fear.’ That was what I loved and so it’s the sort of thing that if we can find the right project, I would love to do it.”

It’s also no surprise that we received news of the Daredevil series before those of the less-familiar Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones. With the series set to begin next year, though, more announcements are sure to roll out in quick, orderly fashion.

Tyler Hanan

Tyler raves about movies on the Let The Right Films In podcast. Listen to him make jokes over his beleaguered cohost Kayla St. Onge and their more qualified guests who deserve so much better at soundcloud.com/ltrfipod. Find him on Twitter @tylerhanan.
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