Charlie Cox is Marvel/Netflix’s DAREDEVIL
It’s been an interesting few days for the upcoming Netflix series Daredevil, based on the popular Marvel Comics character, who happens to be blind. First, showrunner Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) was replaced by Steven S. DeKnight due to his involvement with another Marvel film, The Sinister Six. Goddard will remain with the show as Executive Producer and Consultant, but still. Now comes word that Charlie Cox, of Stardust and Boardwalk Empire fame, has been cast as Matt Murdock/Daredevil for the 13 episode run.
The first of four series coming to Netflix from Marvel, Daredevil is an intriguing choice for a TV show. While many may be disappointed that the show will be set in the present day (and not the ’70s), the show could still be as gritty as it wants to be, seeing that it doesn’t have to worry about network TV regulations. It also will have the freedom to explore storylines outside of the cinematic universe, where every film tries to build towards the next Avengers film.
Anyone who saw Cox in Stardust knows he’s as likable as they come, but it remains to be seen how he’ll do in a role like this. His stint on Boardwalk Empire was impressive, but will he be ready for Hell’s Kitchen? Marvel has shown time and again they know what they’re doing, and they’ve come a long, long way since the last time Daredevil came to life in that 2003 clunker starring Ben Affleck (though truth be told, the Director’s Cut isn’t that bad).