Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ Series Will Basically Be A 13-Hour Movie

Daredevil

In other super hero news, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada spoke with CBR – in lieu of the weekly Axel-In-Charge column – about the upcoming Daredevil series. As you may recall, this Daredevil is one of four Marvel plans for Netflix in its most interesting endeavor since the initial Avengers lead-up, preceding Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones.

Quesada told CBR that “We can sit there and look at 13 episodes and plan it out as a very large movie” – as if people will would watch a Netflix series in any other way than a 13-hour binge. Quesada and the creative team are quite aware of this and plan on taking advantage of that fact.

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. Even the way that you parse out information and reveals within the show can be different than you would on weekly TV. 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.

Keep in mind,  even as we continue to get more news about these gritty Netflix superhero series, that the Drew Goddard-penned-and-directed Daredevil series is still two years away. Have patience, young nerds. In the meantime, read the full transcript over at CBR and stay tuned here for all of your cinematic Marvel news.

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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