Drew Goddard Exits Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ TV Series

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Less than 24 hours after news broke that director Edgar Wright has left Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” over creative differences, Drew Goddard has stepped down as showrunner of Marvel’s new Netflix series “Daredevil.”

Goddard has handed the job over to fellow “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” writer Steven S. DeKnight.

In addition to serving as series showrunner and exec producer, Goddard was supposed to write and direct the first episode of “Daredevil,” which is set to premiere on the streaming site next year. Filming will begin this summer in New York

Goddard will now serve as a consultant on the original drama, but focus most of his attention on writing and directing Sony’s upcoming “Spider-Man” villain-focused spinoff “Sinister Six.”

DeKnight was the showrunner of Starz’s “Spartacus.” He worked with Goddard on Joss Whedon’s cult TV series “Buffy” and its spinoff “Angel.” He also has experience in the superhero show genre as co-exec producer and writer on The CW’s Superman drama “Smallville.”

Aside from the 13-episode “Daredevil” series, the deal between Netflix and Marvel also includes three other original comic book adaptations: “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage.”

Latino Review was first to report.

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  1. DaRel says:

    I actually looked up Steven S. DeKnight and his credits unlike, any of the other commentators apparently, and really I think this is a good thing. Let Goddad go write what is probably going to be a horrible Sinister Six movie for Sony. Not saying Goddard is bad writer or producer but in looking at their stats I think I’m rather have a guy like DeKnight. He is the creator, writer, and producer for Spartacus + did some work on Angel as the supervising producer for some of my favorite and bold episodes. Angel (Not Fade Away = an awesome series finale)

    • jedi77 says:

      If you think that Spartacus is as a positive, clearly you and I are hoping for two very different “Daredevil” versions.
      I was hoping for a more adult, serious psychologically complex and script oriented show, and less of a visual feast with little or no regard for serious adult themed storytelling.

      • DaRel says:

        not what I am looking for at all but thanks for being an ass and making an assumption. If you would do as suggested and look at the man’s resume you might actually see what I’m saying. I have not watched anything but 2 episodes of Spartacus but i know it was raved about. You hoped to make a pompous comment and you succeeded. Thanks for being one more Dick on the internet who tries to feel intelligent behind a computer screen and fake name. The two ideas you speak of are only mutually exclusive to people who can’t accept both and would regard something that contains one to lack the other. Only a shortsighted and small minded person thinks such a way

  2. Fre says:

    I wouldn’t want to do Daredevil or Antman. Good call.

  3. Chelsea says:

    What the hell is going on, frist Edgar now Drew, wow what’s next.

    • Ted says:

      They’re completely unrelated. Goddard stepped down because of other commitments and will remain as consultant. Two totally different outcomes.

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