Netflix and Marvel’s latest project, Daredevil proved to be an instant success. As fans across the world binge-watched the 13-episode series, we were all desperately holding our tongues till our friends caught up. Now, we’ve given some of the slowpokes time to catch-up, and we can start getting down to the nitty gritty of things. Here’s your spoiler alert for those that haven’t clued in there will be some major details about the Daredevil series divulged below.
Because now’s our chance to get into why the series chose to kill off everyone’s favorite journalist.
Steven DeKnight, Daredevil showrunner, discussed some of the show’s major decisions with The Hollywood Reporter and shed some light on why they chose to kill off Ben Urich, especially since nobody saw it coming.
DeKnight explained that the idea was actual Marvel’s and was decided long before he had even signed on. It made sense that Fisk had to push viewers over the edge, there was a sympathetic quality to the character, who was just so desperate to find and hold on to true love. And DeKnight went on to discuss that the killing of Urich was necessary for this interpretation of the story:
Those who hurt his women will not be given any mercy. That’s one definite realization the characters who were killed off learned from Fisk as he beat them to a pulp. And while Anatoly and Leland were both villainous characters that we were a bit more prepared to see come to their demise, with Urich we had grown attached. He was a likable, empathetic character, with a sick wife, and a difficult life. We may have not seen it coming and may have not wanted it to happen, but DeKnight’s revelation into why Daredevil needed to kill Ben Urich off, does (unfortunately) make total sense.
Daredevil most definitely made a mark on the way we view superheroes. With a dark and gritty character like Matt Murdock the show was able to explore much more graphic and deeper storylines than the movies arguably ever have. The show also gave viewers the opportunity to get to know the antagonist to a much greater extent, expanding the villain in ways that almost made us sympathize with him. And it is because of that exploration into the big bad, that some deaths were necessary to the complete the story.
Season 2 of Daredevil will premiere sometime in 2016 with two new showrunners on board.
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