The hits just keep coming from Marvel Studios. Marvel Entertainment recently announced that Rosario Dawson has joined the cast of the new Daredevil TV series. The Netflix show is currently in pre-production. Dawson joins an eclectic cast and is a tremendous casting choice for Marvel.
Dawson joins an already eclectic cast for the new Daredevil TV show, which includes Charlie Cox as the Man Without Fear, Daredevil aka Matt Murdock, and Vincent D’Onofrio as Daredevil’s arch enemy, Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin. Dawson has previously found success in comic book-themed projects. She portrayed Gail in the 2005 comic book film Sin City, a role which is set to reprise in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For this August. Ironically enough, Sin City was created by Frank Miller, who co-directed both feature films; and Frank Miller is known as one of the most visionary and iconic writers for the Daredevil comic series.
Now that casting is well underway for Daredevil, one imagines that casting announcements will soon be doled out for Marvel’s other planned Netflix shows: Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. The lead title roles have yet to be announced. Daredevil appears to be in the most advanced stages of development thus far.
The bigger mystery is exactly who Rosario Dawson is playing in the series. Marvel Entertainment neglected to mention the name of her character. However, according to Marvel Head of TV Jeph Loeb, Dawson’s character is “absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.” One key aspect to note from Marvel’s announcement of her casting is that Dawson will be portraying a “key guest-star.” This implies that her character will not be a regular member of the cast, and she will only be in a limited number of episodes for the show’s 13-episode run.
In the past, Daredevil has encountered many strong female vigilantes and femme fatales for whom Dawson fits the bill. One such character is Echo. Echo aka Maya Lopez is a young deaf woman whose father was murdered by the Kingpin. She has photographic reflexes, granting her the ability to copy anyone’s movements or fighting techniques. She also later carried the mantle of Ronin. Another character she could play is Elektra, one of Daredevil’s old flames who is also a skilled assassin and ninja.
The show will follow the quest of Matt Murdock, a man who was blinded as a young boy. The chemicals that took away Murdock’s sight granted him enhanced senses that empower him to become Daredevil and battle crime and injustice. By day, Murdock fights crime in the courtroom as a lawyer. Marvel Television is producing the show with ABC Studios exclusively for Netflix. Steven S. DeKnight is serving as showrunner and executive producer for the series. Drew Goddard is listed as executive producer and is writing the first two episodes. Marvel’s Head of TV Jeph Loeb is also executive producing the show, along with Goddard and DeKnight. Daredevil was created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett.
Now that the character is back under the Marvel banner, fans will get another chance to see Daredevil done properly after the disappointing 2003 movie produced by 20th Century Fox. Rosario Dawson joining the cast is exciting news for the Daredevil TV series. It is surely an amazing time to be a fan of the Marvel pantheon.
By Jeffrey Harris