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Daredevil Show Gets Major Overhaul

by Javier Albite

The Marvel Studios logo on display in the 6,500-seat Hall H panel Saturday at Comic-Con International. (Phillip Molnar/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Announced at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con, Charlie Cox’s iteration of Daredevil will be integrated into the MCU through a brand new series for Disney+, following the cancellation of the original show over at Netflix.

With an 18-episode order and the return of Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio, the series went straight into production with executives and fans of the character excited for it’s planned early 2024 release window.

Production Issues

After already experiencing struggles, with less than half the show filmed due to the SAG-AFTRA strikes halting production, it was revealed that the higher-ups at Marvel are taking issue with the direction Born Again is taking.

As reported today by The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Feige has been concerned over the direction the series is going in, being more of a “legal procedural” than an action series, with Cox’s character not even shown in costume until the fourth episode.

With the result not turning out as they had hoped, Marvel fired head writers Matt Corman and Chris Ord, along with any directors previously attached.

In response to the report, co-star D’Onofrio chimed in saying, “Every cool project I’ve been involved with has evolved constantly during pre-production, production and post… It’s simply a bunch of creatives doing their best to get it right… I wouldn’t have it any other way. Frankly, I’d be worried if we were settling for less.”

Shake-Up at Marvel Studios

Though Daredevil was today’s biggest news when it came to changes over at Marvel, the studio’s entire catalog of future projects is also receiving massive overhauls behind the scenes.

Mainly due to the disaster of making Disney+’s last superhero show, Secret Invasion. THR reports that the series’ original head writer, Kyle Bradstreet, was fired after working on scripts for over a year.

With him gone, the writer’s room reportedly turned to chaos as the writers replacing him, Brian Tucker, Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim were constantly arguing and fighting with each other.

Circumstances got so bad that, by the time filming had begun in London, executive Jonathan Schwartz had replaced nearly the entire team, hiring new line producers, unit production managers and even episode directors.

The disaster of even getting the show to be made has led Marvel to revamp their entire method of making these Disney+ series.

According to the head of the studio’s streaming division, Brad Winderbaum, “We’re trying to marry the Marvel culture with the traditional television culture. How can we tell stories in television that honor what’s so great about the source material?”

THR reports that, going forward, Marvel Studios will have a new set of rules for their series going forward:

  • Shows will now have proper showrunners who write pilots and show bibles

  • There will be a greater focus on multi-season serialized TV rather than limited series

  • Writers will now have creative oversight in post-production

So, with that said, it turns out fans of the character will unfortunately have to wait a little longer to see their favorite crime-fighting blind lawyer return to the small screen.

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