The Marvel/Netflix series based on Daredevil may have lost showrunner Drew Goddard in the last few weeks, but the project is still moving forward. And like so many other recent superheroes, it’s been revealed that a Brit has been cast in the lead role.
Charlie Cox, who’s best known for his starring role as Tristan in Stardust as well playing Owen Slater in Broadwalk Empire, will be Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the show. The news was initially reported by Latino Review and has since been confirmed by Marvel.
In the comics Murdock is a lawyer who was blinded at a young age in a strange accident that left him with his other senses enhanced. Once he’s able to control that and with a little martial arts training, he becomes the superhero Daredevil, who meets out vigilante justice in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen.
The Daredevil series is the first part of what will be a new Marvel universe that will run in parallel to the featuring Thor and co. Netflix plan shows featuring Marvel characters Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, with all of them then teaming up for The Defenders.
Drew Goddard left the project to concentrate on his Spider-man spin-off, Sinister Six. A replacement has already been found in the form of fellow Joss Whedon veteran Steven S. DeKnight. Daredevil will start shooting this summer, with the 13 episodes released on Netflix next year.
Let’s just hope the hairy-chested Charlie is allowed to stay otter, and isn’t follicularly denuded like so many previous comic characters. Perhaps Henry Cavill will have started a trend for hairy heroes!