Yet another creative change in the Marvel department, this time involving Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series, Daredevil. Drew Goddard has exited as show-runner, and is being replaced by Steven S. DeKnight, producer/writer of various shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Smallville, Dollhouse, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, & Spartacus: War of the Damned. With a pedigree like that, I can’t help but think that this is actually a good move on Marvel’s part. While Goddard would have been a good choice, this one seems more in tune with the Marvel franchise. Having someone who’s worked closely with Joss Whedon can’t hurt either as far as the Marvel universe goes.
Spartacus was a show that I hated in the beginning. The first episode is so ridiculous, it turned me off completely. I heard it had gotten better, so I gave it another try. The next two seasons (the ones produced by DeKnight) were great. It was ridiculous when it needed to be, and was always thrilling. They managed to turn a highly stylized world into some compelling television by the end, and I look forward to what he does with the character Daredevil. Marvel’s official press release after the jump. From Marvel.com:
Marvel is proud to announce that acclaimed writer, director and producer Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) has joined “Marvel’s Daredevil” as Executive Producer & Showrunner on the all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. Drew Goddard, who also wrote the first two episodes, will continue to serve as Executive Producer on “Marvel”s Daredevil” as he writes and preps Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” spin-off film, “The Sinister Six.”