Superheroes are big money now and everyone knows it. From DC's attempt to claw back some credibility to Marvel's complete monopoly of the genre. But once in a while interesting news surfaces and for me, the news of Netflix taking on a Daredevil series is very interesting. Now when I say Daredevil, expel every thought in your mind concerning Ben Affleck and that shambles of a film from way back in 2003. In a press release last July, Marvel and Netflix announced:
"Led by a series focused on Dardevil, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell's kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed t a minim of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel's The Defenders mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing heroic characters."
And after a year of waiting, Netflix have finally announced who is set to the play the Man without Fear and he comes in the form of Charlie Cox. While his name and face may not be familiar Cox has starred in the likes of Broadwalk Empire and Stardust. I cannot make much comment on Cox' acting ability as I have never seen Broadwalk Empire and can't remember much of his performance in Stardust but the actor does look the part, resembling the comic book character. While he would not have been my first choice, it is nice to see Netflix looking at lesser known actors for their television series rather than looking at Hollywood actors to don the costumes. No doubt in the next few weeks we will hear news about who will play Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist but my first thoughts are positive going by this casting decision and it will be nice to see what Charlie Cox brings to the character. While this is good news, Netflix and Marvel may have felt the need to release the casting decision due to the news from earlier this week about showrunner, Drew Goddard, leaving the programme in order to concentrate on The Amazing Spider-man series' spin-off The Sinister Six. Goddard's place has been filled by Spartacus writer, Steven DeKnight. Many fans were excited about the news of Goddard helming the series after the writer and director's success with the likes of World War Z, Cloverfield and his directorial debut, The Cabin in the Woods. While DeKnight's credentials may not be as strong as Goddard, it will interesting to see what the writer can do.