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Marvel teams with Netflix to bring us original programming, Daredevil first up!!!

daredevilOk, let me first start this article by saying I didn’t hate the theatrical version of Daredevil starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, and Michael Clarke Duncan.  No that that’s out of the way, we can get on to the meat of this article.

Disney, owners of Marvel, have struck an agreement with Netflix to create original programming based on some lesser known Marvel properties.  Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are the characters they are looking to develop, culminating in The Defenders.  I am somewhat familiar with Luke Cage and Iron Fist, know a lot about Daredevil, but nothing about Jessica Jones and The Defenders.  I will know about them all when the series’ begin premiering in 2015.

Here is the press release, which has some more information:

The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.

Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.

“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”

“Marvel’s movies, such as ‘Iron Man’ and Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’, are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “With ‘House of Cards’ and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”

This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.

Let’s hope that we can finally get a super dark, gritty ’70’s style Taxi Driver-ish Daredevil that we all want and deserve!  I hope you are listening to the fans, Disney, Marvel, and Netflix!  We want the gritty, dark Daredevil!

*NOTE:  The director’s cut of Daredevil was actually fairly dark and gritty.  It was a much better cut that the theatrical and I feel it is certainly worth watching, even if you didn’t like the theatrical cut.

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