Daredevil, the hit TV show based on the comic book of the same name, has been renewed for a second season, which is scheduled to be released at some point next year, according to reports. The second season of the critically and commercially acclaimed show, however, comes with a surprising announcement; Steven S. DeKnight, who was showrunner for the first season, will not be returning, with Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez now running Daredevil together. Both wrote for the first season of Daredevil, with Ramirez previously writing for Sons of Anarchy and Petrie as another alum of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, along with DeKnight and Daredevil executive producer Drew Goddard.
The big question mark is why DeKnight is not returning, especially given how well received Daredevil has been. It’s possible he could be moving on to another project completely — he recently tweeted he still hopes to make his long-in-development sci-fi project Incursion with Starz, where he made Sprartacus — but it’s also hard not to speculate if he could still be staying in the Marvel family, most notably, many wonder about who will run The Defenders, which will team up Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, and which still lacks a showrunner (the same goes for Iron Fist).
— Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) April 19, 2015
Daredevil starred Boardwalk Empire alum Charlie Cox, and was the first of five Marvel series to debut on the streaming service. In a recent interview with Indiewire, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight talks about this fresh take on Daredevil.
“Really, for us, it was more about approaching [Daredevil] as a crime drama first and a superhero adaptation second. Not all the characters in comic books lend themselves to that, but it was really the heart of Daredevil. So, that made our choice very simple. It doesn’t all have to be ‘put on the tights and fight a giant robot and save the world.'”
Daredevil is the story of Matt Murdock, a character with a requisite traumatic childhood — he’s blinded by mysterious chemicals that give his remaining four senses a supernatural boost and then orphaned. In his youth, he’s taken under the wing of an old master and trained how to fight. He grows up to run a small law firm with a pal from college by day while roaming the streets at night handing out justice with his fists and the occasional kick or two.