Marvel’s DAREDEVIL and “The Defenders” Series Coming to Netflix in 2015

The appetite for Marvel super heroes continue to grow, and Marvel’s Daredevil super hero series is coming to television – this time to Netflix.  Walt Disney and Marvel Studios announced the Netflix series will focus on the four Defenders characters: Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist – each getting their own series and joining together for a mini-series “The Defenders.”  Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.  Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix series will debut April 10, 2015.

Update February 4, 2015

Teaser trailer released for Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix original series.  Well, that looks intense…

Update January 28, 2015

Additional images and details available for Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix original series.

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Original cover of the comic book “Daredevil: Man Without Fear.” Courtesy of Marvel/Netflix.

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CHARLIE COX as MATT MURDOCK in the Netflix Original Series “Marvel’s Daredevil” Photo: Barry Wetcher © 2014 Netflix, Inc. All rights reserved.

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CHARLIE COX as MATT MURDOCK in the Netflix Original Series “Marvel’s Daredevil” Photo: Barry Wetcher © 2014 Netflix, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Charlie Cox stars in the Netflix Original Series “Marvel’s Daredevil.” Photo: Courtesy of Netflix © 2014 Netflix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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CHARLIE COX as MATT MURDOCK in the Netflix Original Series “Marvel’s Daredevil” Photo: Barry Wetcher © 2014 Netflix, Inc. All rights reserved.

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CHARLIE COX as MATT MURDOCK and PAUL MANN as PIOTR in the Netflix Original Series “Marvel’s Daredevil” Photo: Barry Wetcher © 2014 Netflix, Inc. All rights reserved.


Cast of Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix original series include:

  • Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock / Daredevil)
  • Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple)
  • Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk)
  • Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page)
  • Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson)
  • Scott Glenn (Stick)
  • Bob Gunton (Leland Owlsley)
  • Toby Leonard Moore (Wesley)
  • Vondie Curtis Hall (Ben Urich)
  • Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa Marianna)

Update January 7, 2015

Release date set for Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix original series – April 10, 2015

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Original post from February 26, 2014 follows below…

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From the Governor’s Office of New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Netflix Inc. today announced that Marvel’s landmark live-action television series, which will bring Marvel’s ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ characters to Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will principally film in New York State.  Produced by Marvel Television, in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking series is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action television storytelling and represents the largest film or television production project commitment in New York State history.

Filming is set to begin in the Summer 2014 and will create at least three thousand jobs in New York State including up to 400 full time jobs.  The project will include nearly 60 one-hour episodes focused on the 4 Defenders characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

“New York is where the entertainment industry started, and this unprecedented commitment from Disney and Marvel is further evidence that we’re bringing it back bigger and better than ever before,” said Governor Cuomo.  “And when the entertainment industry thrives, it fuels dozens of other industries and businesses.  The competition for these projects is fierce and Disney could have chosen to film these shows anywhere, but they knew that shooting in New York means getting to work with the best in world.  These shows bring New York’s superheroes home where they belong – along with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in new business.”

“Since 2008 Disney has directly contributed almost half a billion dollars to New York’s economy through television and film production, along with approximately 9,000 jobs for New Yorkers,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company.  “The Governor’s policies make this great state a more affordable and attractive location, opening the door for even greater economic investment and job creation for New Yorkers.  Our Marvel series for Netflix will inject millions directly into the local economy and create hundreds of new jobs.”

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“We thank the Governor and the great state of New York for helping us create the ultimate backdrop to this epic series.  Setting our production in New York City truly underscores the authenticity and excitement we plan to bring to The Defenders and their ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ stories,” said Alan Fine, President, Marvel Entertainment.

Last November, Disney and Netflix 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 totaling 52 one-hour episodes culminating in a four to eight episode mini-series 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 viewers 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 mini-series event in which the Marvel characters from the first four series team up as “The Defenders,” much like “The Avengers.”

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.

“The Defenders are classic New York characters; smart, resourceful and tough enough to always stand up for what’s right,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.  “We’re delighted they’re coming to life on their home turf thanks to Governor Cuomo and his team.”

When Governor Cuomo took office in 2011, he made the attraction of the film and television production and post-production industries, and jobs and the economic impact they bring with them, a key part of his overall strategy to grow New York State’s economy.  Since that time, he has signed into law several important changes to both programs to make New York more competitive in this global marketplace, and the results have been significant.  Both programs enjoyed record-breaking years in 2013, bringing billions of dollars in new spending and thousands of jobs into the Empire State.  The stability provided by multiyear funding has particularly encouraged the development of television series production work, like the new Marvel series, as well as long term investments in infrastructure, all of which creates thousands of jobs directly and indirectly related to the actual productions themselves.

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