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Steven S. DeKnight replaces Drew Goddard on Netflix's Daredevil series

May. 24, 2014by: Alex Maidy

With Drew Goddard in the pre-production stage for his directorial gig on Sony's THE SINISTER SIX, his duties as showrunner for Marvel's DAREDEVIL series on Netflix cannot be honored. With someone needed to oversee the 13 episode series, the company has turned to former SPARTACUS showrunner Steven S. DeKnight to take over day to day duties on DAREDEVIL.

Deadline reports that Goddard stepped down in late March but was able to complete the script for the first two episodes of DAREDEVIL and will remain an executive producer on the Netflix series.

Goddard's departure appears to solely be due to the draw of writing and directing the big budget spin-off from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 rather than a disagreement between him and the studio. How this bodes for DAREDEVIL remains to be seen. DeKnight's work on SPARTACUS was not exactly the high caliber many were expecting for the first Marvel series on Netflix. SPARTACUS was a pulpy and violent series in the vein of Zack Snyder's 300 but was not known as a top tier drama.

Hopefully this doesn't spell doom for anyone's hopes for Marvel's small screen outings. No additional writers or potential directors for the series have been announced as of yet. DAREDEVIL is still expected to air sometime within the next year.

Source: Deadline

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11:20PM on 05/24/2014
Now my anticipation for this new series isn't as high anymore. First Wright leaving Ant Man and now Goddard leaving Daredevil. Not really the best week for Marvel and for us fans.
Now my anticipation for this new series isn't as high anymore. First Wright leaving Ant Man and now Goddard leaving Daredevil. Not really the best week for Marvel and for us fans.
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2:34AM on 05/25/2014
Since I'm more interested in a Daredevil series than a Sinister Six movie, this is upsetting news. I wonder if Goddard actually chose to do Sinister Six over Daredevil, or if it had to do with his contractual obligations.
Since I'm more interested in a Daredevil series than a Sinister Six movie, this is upsetting news. I wonder if Goddard actually chose to do Sinister Six over Daredevil, or if it had to do with his contractual obligations.
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12:51PM on 05/25/2014
Small screen series? Or directing big budget movie? I'm guessing this wasn't a hard decision for him to make...
Small screen series? Or directing big budget movie? I'm guessing this wasn't a hard decision for him to make...
3:00AM on 05/25/2014
It says he stepped down two months ago. News travels fast huh. DeKnight is a capable guy. Spartacus was tits.
It says he stepped down two months ago. News travels fast huh. DeKnight is a capable guy. Spartacus was tits.
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4:40PM on 05/25/2014
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4:37AM on 05/25/2014

Still Optimistic

It might not be the same person we may have initially wanted, but I'm still confident this will be fun.
It might not be the same person we may have initially wanted, but I'm still confident this will be fun.
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11:06AM on 05/25/2014

Spartacus Rocked

Spartacus was a fantastic, bad ass show. By Jupiter's cock, don't you talk a bad word about it. I wanna see DareDevil MORE now
Spartacus was a fantastic, bad ass show. By Jupiter's cock, don't you talk a bad word about it. I wanna see DareDevil MORE now
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12:52PM on 05/25/2014
DeKnight was responsible for the worst of the worst episodes of Smallville. So this isn't great news.
DeKnight was responsible for the worst of the worst episodes of Smallville. So this isn't great news.
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8:32AM on 05/26/2014
Incorrect. He directed two pretty great episodes and wrote 3 or 4 pretty good ones. He actually wrote AND directed the "Justice" episode from season 6 which is widely regarded as one of the best of the series. Try again.
Incorrect. He directed two pretty great episodes and wrote 3 or 4 pretty good ones. He actually wrote AND directed the "Justice" episode from season 6 which is widely regarded as one of the best of the series. Try again.
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3:31PM on 05/25/2014
Let's forget for a second that I still have bags of confidence in Marvels ability to select people to make and star in their stuff...it helps that I absolutely loved Spartacus. What a show! At least three of the shows stars have had roles in Arrow and done very well with what was given. Let's hope the people behind the scenes do just as well.
Let's forget for a second that I still have bags of confidence in Marvels ability to select people to make and star in their stuff...it helps that I absolutely loved Spartacus. What a show! At least three of the shows stars have had roles in Arrow and done very well with what was given. Let's hope the people behind the scenes do just as well.
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5:23AM on 05/26/2014
Well, Steven S. de Knight is a long time collaborator of Joss Whedon, and knows how to bring stuff in the vain as him, he produced some of the best episodes of Angel, including most of the work on the fantastic season 5, so i have faith... Now bring Espenson, Minnear, Greenwalt and Noxon to the shows...
Well, Steven S. de Knight is a long time collaborator of Joss Whedon, and knows how to bring stuff in the vain as him, he produced some of the best episodes of Angel, including most of the work on the fantastic season 5, so i have faith... Now bring Espenson, Minnear, Greenwalt and Noxon to the shows...
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4:23PM on 05/28/2014

spartacus rocks the shit!!!

hell yeah! i'm even more excited for this now! amen and funny as hell psycho maestro!!!
hell yeah! i'm even more excited for this now! amen and funny as hell psycho maestro!!!
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