Marvel's DAREDEVIL Will be Much Darker Than its Previous Movie With a Focus on "Crime Stories"

Whether you liked it or not, the box office numbers for 20th Century Fox's Daredevil movie in 2003 were not so kind since its budget was an estimated $78 million and the film only brought in $179 million worldwide. This was one of the main reasons Fox let the movie rights revert back to Marvel Entertainment.

In April 2013, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed the Daredevil live action movie rights were back at home with Marvel. With the rights back, Marvel has teamed up with Netflix and they are currently filming Daredevil in New York City.

Starring actor Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in the leading role, Daredevil is the first of four Marvel series on the streaming service with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist following Daredevil. Then all four heroes will team-up in the Marvel and Netflix mini-series event The Defenders. Adapted from the comic book universe team of the same name, this version of The Defenders are all street-level heroes who co-exist in the same Marvel Cinematic Universe as all of Marvel Studios' movies and the television series Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter.

Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos spoke with Empire Magazine, in their latest issue, and teased a darker Daredevil than what was seen in it previous incarnation as a movie.

"The series will not be afraid to go darker than the film did."

The Netflix executive then spoke about the lead-up to The Defenders mini-series event.

"What we love about this particular set of heroes is that they're a little more down to Earth. Costume wise and also in that these are gritty crime stories, more in the streets than in the clouds."

The phrase "gritty" is one that is overused when describing any movie or series but the interesting part of the CCO's second comment is that these will seemingly have a focus on crime stories. Cue the Kingpin (a.k.a. Wilson Fisk), as portrayed by actor Vincent D'Onofrio, who could be the mastermind villain behind the scenes of all the Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke CageIron Fist and The Defenders series but that's just an educated guess right now since it has not been confirmed.

Daredevil releases in Netflix in May 2015.

[Quotes via CBM.]