Drew Goddard Out As 'Daredevil' Showrunner, But What Does It Really Mean?

Fans anticipating the upcoming Netflix series ‘Daredevil’ were in for a shake up last week when it was announced that Drew Goddard would be leaving the Marvel superhero show as showrunner. No need to worry though: they’ve already replaced him with Steven DeKnight, probably best known for being the creator of the Starz hit series, ‘Spartacus.’ For Goddard, who has previously directed 2012’s horror thriller, The Cabin in the Woods, he is still enlisted in the ‘Daredevil’ show as a consultant, but will just no longer be seeing through the duties of what a showrunner does.

Steven DeKnight PremiereSteven DeKnight will be taking over as 'Daredevil' showrunner

What does a showrunner do, anyway? And is it even important? Well, yes. A showrunner basically does everything. They can cast an actor and fire them in the same day, make changes to the script, or even help write the script in general. A showrunner is the television equivalent to what a head coach is in professional sports, and if a team doesn’t have a good one of those, chances are the team won’t be winning a lot of games in the season.

For instance, Dan Harmon was fired as showrunner by NBC for his television show, ‘Community,’ in 2012. After manning the project for three seasons, Harmon was replaced by the writers David Guarascio and Moses Port for season four. The fourth season of ‘Community’ gave the series its lowest ratings yet, and Harmon was subsequently rehired for season five.

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Clearly, a good showrunner is essential to a strong television show -- but how do we know that DeKnight replacing Goddard is the best idea? For what it’s worth, both men were praised by critics for the role, but what it comes down to just might be who has got the most time on their hands. Although Goddard decided to step down, he’s also in the midst of directing the Spider-Man spin-off, The Sinister Six, which is another Marvel project based around Spider-Man villains like Electro and Doctor Octopus. It doesn’t have a release date yet, but we can bet that it’s probably what’s taking up most of his mind these days. DeKnight, on the other hand, has only strictly worked in television before. In addition to creating ‘Spartacus,’ DeKnight has also lent a writing hand to shows like ‘Angel,’ ‘Dollhouse,’ and ‘Smallville’ -- all instances that he’s been acclaimed for.

Charlie Cox PremiereCharlie Cox will be starring as the lead role in 'Daredevil'

So, despite the news of Goddard leaving ‘Daredevil,’ it’s no sign to panic one bit. Some might not see it that way for Marvel in general, as the change-up is happening right after it was announced that director Edgar Wright would be stepping down from his position in the Ant-Man movie. However, ‘Daredevil’ is in good hands, especially in the hands of DeKnight. If you’re craving some more ‘Daredevil’ news: it was just announced that Charlie Cox, formerly of ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ would be taking the role of Daredevil himself, so there’s plenty to be excited for as you wait for show to hit Netflix sometime in 2015.


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