Published On: Tue, Oct 14th, 2014

NYCC 2014: First look at Charlie Cox in ‘Daredevil’ as details revealed

Marvel pulled together the cast of Daredevil to the New York Comic Con and debuted some Con-only footage, they offered up the first official photos of Charlie Cox as Daredevil and his alter-ego. The panel was delayed after some chaos with the fans, (more here) but ultimately it was a great preview.

 In addition to the photos and clips, Rosario Dawson’s character was revealed to be Claire Temple [via THR] who has been romantically linked to Luke Cage in comics stories.

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in Marvel's DaredevilJeph Loeb, who called her “a nurse who works at night,” may have triggered some fans to recall the 70’s stories following a group of nurses doing night shifts at New York hospitals in the age of superheroes. That concept was revived many years later in a Daredevil run by Brian Michael Bendis.

The first footage of Dawson in character showed her tending to Matt Murdock after he takes the fall while battling an attack on Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll). Dawson’s character is tolerant of his unwillingness to unmask, nicknaming him “Mike” after an ex-boyfriend who also kept secrets.

There were also four new actors revealed, along with their roles: Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna, the Kingpin’s love; Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich, a key reporter in the Daredevil universe; Bob Gunton as Leland “The Owl” Owlsley, villain and Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley. a Kingpin henchman.

The show promises to focus on Matt Murdock’s day job.

“I think it’s so great to read a Daredevil novel and be so thrilled by a courtroom scene in a graphic novel. I love that and we’ve got some stuff coming up that you guys might like that’s related,” Cox teased.

The Netflix binge-watching factor is also taken into consideration.

“Because there isn’t a week in between, you [don’t have to spend as much time] reminding the audiences of what happened. And also ending an episode on a cliffhanger is kind of fruitless,” Cox said. “I think more than anything else it’s going to feel like a 13-hour movie.”

Cox explained to dark tone and how the character of Daredevil “does kind of suit a slightly older audience,” and since the series is airing on Netflix, the writers didn’t have to shy away from the darker themes, something. That was crucial to showrunner Steven S. DeKnight: “My influences growing up were the Frank Miller run and the [Brian Michael Bendis] run and I think you’ll really, really see that in the gritty, realistic tone of this show,” DeKnight said. 

Fans wanted to know about the villain. “Our Fisk, he’s a child and he’s a monster,” D’Onofrio said. “Every move that he makes and everything that he does in our story comes from his foundation of morality inside himself.” However, upon meeting Vanessa at her art gallery, Fisk will begin to get drawn “out of the shadows” a bit.

Expect a lot of flashbacks, Murdock dealing with the loss of his father, plenty of Marvel cameos and a fine line between heroes and villains.

Loeb told the crowd that no casting decisions have been made yet for the lead roles in Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

“Anything you’ve heard? Just a rumor,” he insisted.

Daredevil will arrive in 2015, but no official date has been set.



Here’s the “in-costume” photo, which represents a very early version of the hero.

Charlie Cox as Daredevil

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