Good news and bad: Daredevil is coming back for a second season, but it’s losing its showrunner
In the words of Futurama’s Professor Farnsworth, “Good news everybody!”
Less than two weeks after its release, Netflix has approved a second season of Daredevil. No word yet on when the show may return, but there has already been at least one major change. According to The Hollywood Reporter, when Daredevil returns it will do so without its showrunner Steven DeKnight, who will remain attached as a producer.
Only a vague reason was given for DeKnight’s partial departure, but the studio already has his replacements tapped. First season writers Doug Petrie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy) will take over for DeKnight.
“While previous commitments unfortunately prevent me from continuing on with Daredevil into its second season, I could not be happier that Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are carrying the torch,” DeKnight said in a statement picked up by IGN. “They were invaluable collaborators during our first season, and I for one can’t wait to see what they do with the show moving forward.”
DeKnight has been developing a sci-fi show called Incursion for Starz, a network he has a history with, which could be part of the reason he decided not to return. DeKnight was actually the second showrunner – initially Drew Goddard was in charge, but he left suddenly to direct The Sinister Six for Sony. Given that Daredevil is a major hit and The Sinister Six has at least temporarily been shelved, Goddard chose poorly. Since DeKnight didn’t originally plan to act as showrunner, his schedule may have just caught up with him.
There is another theory though. Following the immediate success of Daredevil, Marvel and Netflix may have wanted him to work on another property for them… like The Defenders.
Despite the popularity and critical acclaim of the show, a second season of Daredevil wasn’t guaranteed, partly because of the somewhat unique deal struck between Marvel and Netflix.
When the studios agreed to work together, the deal was initially for a block of 60 episodes of TV. Those episodes were quickly claimed by the four standalone shows – Daredevil, AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist – as well as The Defenders miniseries, which will come last and combine all four shows. For a second season for any of those shows individually, it would (and possibly still will) require a new deal between the two studios.
Neither side has expressed any possible issues with this though, so it might be a moot point.
If Netflix treats Daredevil like its other major shows, it might have the second season ready to go in a year, putting its release in April 2016.