‘Boardwalk Empire’ Star Charlie Cox to Lead Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ Series

By May 27, 2014
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It was not a very good weekend for Marvel news. Edgar Wright left Ant-Man and then Drew Goddard fell away from Netflix’s developing “Daredevil” series and ended up being replaced with “Spartacus” showrunner Stephen S. DeKnight. But it appears there’s finally some good news.

Latino Review reports that “Boardwalk Empire” and Stardust star Charlie Cox has been tapped to play Matt Murdock, the man who becomes the blind superhero Daredevil, in the first developing series in Marvel’s deal with Netflix. That deal also includes shows based on characters like Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones, all leading up to “The Defenders.”

We’ve been waiting to hear just who would take the lead on this series, and while Cox isn’t as thrilling as a name we would have hoped for, this is still a television series, so there was never going to be a huge name taking the lead. But Cox’s work in “Boardwalk Empire” certainly shows promise that he’s able to step into the superhero shoes well enough to kick-off this big Marvel TV package set up at Netflix.

There’s also an official synopsis for the show, revealing that it takes place in present day:

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Daredevil

The fact the Goddard isn’t acting as showrunner anymore is a little disappointing, but at least he’s still a consultant. More than likely his work on The Sinister Six is what ended up keeping him from the project. “Daredevil” is slated to have 13 episodes, as will the other three aforementioned series (this one is the furthest in development and will debut first), and they’ll all lead up to an 8-episode team-up in “The Defenders.”

It’ll be interesting to see just how well this series ties into the Marvel universe. ABC’s attempt with “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” didn’t really get juicy until the story arc was effected by the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Since this series will take place in New York (like all of the shows that are a part of this Netflix deal), there should be plenty of references to the attack on the city seen in The Avengers, and maybe some other events since then. But even so, this is supposed to be a more grounded gritty side of the Marvel universe, so we’ll see what happens.

What do you think about Cox as the new Daredevil? Sound off below.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • I gave up on Boardwalk Empire with a couple episodes left in the first season. Was that a bad decision? Anyway, I vaguely recall seeing Stardust but don’t remember anything about Cox at all, so he’s essentially a blank slate for me coming into the role of Daredevil. Hopefully the show can survive Goddard leaving as showrunner.