As reported at Newsarama and Marvel.com Marvel Television and ABC Television Studios have entered into a deal to make four 13 episode television series based upon long standing "street level" Marvel Comics heroes Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist. The culmination of the series will reportedly be a Defenders mini series. Looks like Marvel Comics' street level cred, Hell's Kitchen based heroes aren't quite big enough in stature to command big screen attention (at least not yet), but will be the first superheroes showcased in a groundbreaking venture between Marvel, ABC, and Netflix. The following quote is from Marvel.com, and sums up the announcement nicely:
"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."
I'm glad that the venture is "led by a series focused on 'Daredevil.'" Daredevil has been one of my, and many other Marvel Comics fans', favorite street level Marvel Comics' hero, especially under the guidance of Mark Waid recently. The Frank Miller run on Daredevil, regardless of what you think of Miller, remains one of the greatest runs by a creator on a Marvel Comics hero ever. Marvel Comics recently regained the rights to the Daredevil on screen property and I am personally glad to see that they are moving on it quickly...even if it isn't a feature film that they are developing. Who knows, many feature films spin out of television series, so maybe Daredevil and The Defenders feature films will spin out of these new shows.
According to Newsarama the series will begin in 2015. Looks like there are even bigger profits, and bigger Marvel Comics' fan appreciation, headed Marvel TV, ABC, and Nexflix's way. I for one hope the series are really profitable. Who knows where this deal will lead? If Guardians of The Galaxy can get a movie and Daredevil can get a TV series, could a good Moon Knight, Dr. Strange, or Elektra series be far behind? This Marvel Maniac, for one, seriously hopes so.