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‘Daredevil’ to Capture ‘Gritty’ Feel of ’70s New York


As suggested by the photos and video leaked earlier this month from the set of Daredevil, the Netflix series will reflect Marvel’s longstanding depiction of Hell’s Kitchen as it was in its more disorderly days.

“We’re going for a kind of very gritty, 1970s New York feel for the show,” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight confirmed in a video interview at last night’s premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy. “We love the idea of beauty in the decay of the city and Hell’s Kitchen being a place that is both horrible and beautiful at the same time. That’s why Matt Murdock loves it and wants to protect it.”

The 13-episode series stars Charlie Cox as Matt “Daredevil” Murdock, Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson and Rosario Dawson in an undisclosed role.

As DeKnight said in the clip, the series has begun filming in New York City already and is expected to hit Netflix sometime next year.


  • Jake Wallace

    I always find reading Daredevil so funny because of this. I live in Hell’s Kitchen and it’s actually one of the nicest, cleanest neighborhoods in Manhattan. The gays came in in the mid 1990s and completely revitalized it. Still, I’m glad they’re keeping the locale as Hell’s Kitchen in the series, it’d be weird if all of a sudden Daredevil was sworn to protect East Harlem.

  • BeastieRunner

    I thought for a minute this was going to be set in the 70s … that would’ve been cool!

  • RobotShlomo

    For those reading around the country and the world, even in the 80’s New York is a far cry from what it is today. I remember the porn theaters in Times Square. The prostitutes up and down 8th avenue. Garbage that was never picked up. Gangs. etc.

  • Mike O

    Too bad they’re not setting the different show’s in the 70’s. Iron Fist and Luke Cage are both rooted in 70’s cinema themes and 70’s Hell’s kitchen is a much better setting than todays hell’s kitchen.

  • Jonny_anonymous

    Thank Galactus they didn’t take Waid’s run as inspiration.

  • GDC3

    This. I’m glad it is going to lean more towards gritty urban crime drama.

  • Guest

    I hope the explanation is that the alien invasion in New York basically screwed up Hell’s Kitchen, returning it to it’s 1970s status. :)

  • ColtNoir

    DD is now in San Fran in the comics.

  • NYC

    70’s and 80’s New York was nearly post-apocalyptic. The city today is nothing like it was back then. Anyone that watches movies, TV shows and newscasts from that period and visited today would think they were all written with artistic exaggeration. It was true folks.

  • Joshua Hobby

    Maybe the battle of New York caused heavy damage to Hell’s Kitchen making it a bad neighbourhood to live in, in the MCU.

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