Daredevil Netflix TV Show: Casting, Release Date, News for Marvel Show

January 14, 2014 Updated: January 14, 2014

The Marvel cinematic universe is coming to Netflix, with the TV series “Daredevil,” which has a release date sometime in 2015.

The show will be one of multiple original series that Marvel is going to bring to Netflix over the coming years.

“Daredevil” comes first, followed by “Jessice Jones”, “Iron First”, and “Luke Cage.

The epic series will take place in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City. 

Each series will have at least 13 episodes, and will culminate in “The Defenders,” a “mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters,” according to Netflix.

Drew Goddard, writer/director of shows including “Lost” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” will write and direct the first episode. He will be an executive producer for the rest of the first season. 

However, no public announcements have been made about casting decisions, or a release date more specific than “sometime in 2015.” 

A Yahoo writer says that Michael C. Hall, better known as Dexter in “Dexter,” would be a great Matt Murdock-Daredevil. 

“I’m a huge fan of the actor and Murdoch is a man constantly battling eternal conflict and over 13 episodes that would allow Hall to do what he does best and became so famous for,” wrote Sam Moore. “Luke Evans is another favorite of mine, and whilst I think he would be more suited to Batman, I believe he would do an interesting take on the character, better than Ben Affleck anyway. Daredevil is a lot more complex than most superheroes so it is important the producers find a quality actor who can attach himself to the audience over roughly 13 hours.”

Blogger Burk Krohe, meanwhile, says that Jack Huston (Richard Harrow on “Boardwalk Empire” and Pete Musane in “American Hustle”) should be Daredevil. 

“For four seasons, Huston has played Harrow, a disfigured former army sharpshooter who turned to crime after coming home from war,” he wrote. “He’s been playing a man who at his core is a good and loyal person, but must deal with a life-changing disability and the terrible things he’s done. He wants desperately the love a family, but thinks nothing of executing a rival bootlegger.

“Huston perfectly captured the give and take of a conflicted character. I can’t think of anyone else with better preparation for the role of Daredevil. And, yeah, he doesn’t really look like Matt Murdock, but the Daniel Craig, blond Bond thing worked out pretty damn well.”

Krohe also suggests as back-ups to Huston or Hall–Garrett Hedlund (“Friday Night Lights”, “Four Brothers”) or Richard Madden (Robb Stark in “Game of Thrones).

And if the show will also feature Foggy Nelson, Murdock’s best friend and business partner, Krohe suggested Clark Duke (“The Office” and “Kick-Ass”) or Josh Gad (“The Internship” and “21”).

For those unfamiliar with the story of Daredevil, he is raised by his father, boxer “Battling Jack” Murdock, in Hell’s Kitchen. One day, while trying to save a man from getting run over by an oncoming truck, the radioactive cargo that the truck was transporting got spilled over him. It made him blind, but heightened his other senses, which he further developed with blind martial arts master Stick. 

Murdoch later learns that his father was murdered and goes after them because of a failure by the legal system. It’s his start as Daredevil.

He and Nelson open a law firm in New York, where Murdock promises to be a lawyer by day and a superhero by night.

A movie was made based on the story in 2003, starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, but it isn’t considered very good.

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