Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 by Russ Fischer
Daredevil has been streaming on Netflix for just about two weeks, and evidently is doing well enough to warrant continuation. Netflix just gave the green light to Daredevil season 2, with plans to air in 2016. But there’s a big change. Steven DeKnight is out as showrunner due to “previous commitments,” and Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez will jointly take on the showrunner role in his stead.
Marvel issued a press release:
Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that “Marvel’s Daredevil” will receive a second season, available only on the streaming service in 2016! With the first season of “Marvel’s Daredevil” proving a smash success with both audiences and critics, Netflix and Marvel will continue to create further adventures of the Man Without Fear! Doug Petrie (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “American Horror Story”) and Marco Ramirez (“Sons of Anarchy”), who worked closely with Executive Producers Steven S. DeKnight and Drew Goddard during the first season, will serve as showrunners for Season 2. Petrie, Ramirez, Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods”), and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) will serve as Executive Producers of Season 2.
DeKnight offers his comments on leaving, too:
While previous commitments unfortunately prevent me from continuing on with Daredevil into its second season. I could not be happier that Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are carrying the torch. They were invaluable collaborators during our first season, and I for one can’t wait to see what they do with the show moving forward.
Personally, I’m curious to see how the showrunner change works out; Petrie and Ramirez are clearly not new to the show, but perhaps they can juice it up slightly. I like a lot of the first season of Daredevil — Charlie Cox is great, Vincent D’Onofrio makes a really interesting version of Wilson Fisk, and the action is often terrific. But the season also feels very sluggish, with very slow-developing drama and dull secondary villains. There’s a lot to work with, but also a lot of room to grow.
The press release also notes:
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