Netflix recently announced they wouldn’t be picking up Daredevil, starring Charlie Cox in the comic book adaption, for the fourth season. In a statement to Variety, a representative confirmed they were shelving the series on a “high note.”
The spokesperson noted they were proud of the show’s success and decided it would be best to end it now. The streaming company added that while it has officially ended on Netflix, the old seasons will remain on the service as a viewable option.
The last season, season 3, also starred the Law and Order and Full Metal Jacket alum, Vincent D’Onofrio, as Matt Murdock’s arch nemesis, Wilson Fisk, which premiered on the 19th of October.
In a report from Deadline.com, the organization said it was possible that the Disney streaming service would renew it for a fourth season but it isn’t currently known what will happen to the show.
Coincidentally, Netflix also ditched Luke Cage as well as Iron Fist, after just two seasons. The only one not to be canceled thus far is the Jon Bernthal-led The Punisher, also featuring Kristen Ritter. Perhaps, viewers are beginning to reject comic book adaptations, it wouldn’t be surprising since the comic book revolution first began in the early 2000s with the massive success of X-Men.
Furthermore, Daredevil may be a cursed series. Fans of Ben Affleck will remember his portrayal of the character back in the mid-2000s, but unfortunately, it was met with disappointing reviews.
Initially, the studio intended on making a sequel, but after the devastating failure of Elektra – a 2005 spin-off film based on the original Ben Affleck action flick – they decided to scrap the idea.
The Netflix adaption of Daredevil was much better received by critics, in general. The first season of Daredevil on Netflix had an astounding 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 78% rating in the second, and then, a 92% rating in the third.
Back in 2015, IGN voted Daredevil as the second-best original programming on the streaming platform to date. Sources say there might be a “political” reason for the show’s cancelation.