As Marvel’s debut Netflix original series “Daredevil” nears the start of its production schedule, more and more casting announcements are being made. First we learned that Charlie Cox is playing Daredevil, then Marvel Television announced that Vincent D’Onofrio will bring the Kingpin to lifeJust in the past few weeks, both Rosario Dawson and Elden Henson have been added to the cast, the former in a mystery role and the latter as Matt Murdock’s best buddy Foggy Nelson. The show’s cast is rapidly filling out, but there remain a number of characters left to announce.
With fifty years of comic book stories under his red belt, Daredevil has a pretty extensive supporting cast just waiting to be given the live action treatment. From fellow law professionals to anti-heroes with ninja training, the company Matt Murdock keeps can only be described as diverse. After combing through the back issue bins, here are five characters we hope to see appear on the upcoming series.
A relatively new addition to Daredevil lore, we really hope that whip smart assistant district attorney Kirsten McDuffie makes it to the show. Mark Waid introduced the character in his current run in order to provide Matt Murdock with a bit of will they/won’t they tension, not to mention the will she/won’t she verify his secret identity tension. McDuffie has grown to become one of Matt’s most trusted allies, going so far as to pack up and mov with him across the country to San Francisco just after the hero hit his most recent rock bottom. Kirsten’s a firecracker and a tough talker, and we want to see her bust Daredevil’s chops on the small screen.
There’s no way we’re not going to get a training montage at some point during “Daredevil.” He’s a blind lawyer with ninja moves! Watching him learn how to propel himself over the Manhattan skyline — complete with all the mishaps and crash landings — will make for great television. If they depict Murdock’s superhero learning curve, then his sensei Stick has to appear on the show. As a fellow blind man with razor sharp senses, Stick is a perfect instructor for the Daredevil-in-training. He also taught Elektra many of her moves, which further connects the Greek assassin to Matt Murdock.
Speaking of Elektra, she’s not the only assassin in Daredevil’s life with connections to the Kingpin. Maya Lopez was practically raised by Wilson Fisk following her father’s death (The Kingpin actually killed Maya’s father, but pinned the death on Daredevil). Eventually, Lopez adopted an alter ego, Echo, and used her ability to perfectly copy any person’s fighting style to take on the Man Without Fear. Daredevil eventually led Lopez to the truth, turning her on the Kingpin and aligning her firmly on the side of good. Under a new identity, Ronin, Echo became a member of the New Avengers, and with a superhero team-up miniseries on the way to Netflix, we can only hope Echo joins up with the rest of the Defenders. And, as a deaf superhero, Echo could inspire a segment of the population often ignored by Hollywood’s action offerings.
If Marvel’s Netflix series are going to have an Agent Coulson type of character, it has to be Ben Urich. This tough-as-nails investigative journalist could easily appear in all four of Marvel’s Netflix offerings, unifying them into a cohesive whole as they head into the “Defenders” miniseries. Like Coulson, Urich’s a little older and fights crime while wearing a suit. The guy went up against the Green Goblin when he wrote an expose revealing the super villain’s secrets, and he even used his super journalism skills to uncover the truth about Daredevil’s secret identity. Considering “Daredevil’s” street-level focus, it would make sense to include the ordinary yet exceptional Urich in the show.
This is the big one, isn’t it? Daredevil and Elektra go together like Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, but with a lot more ninjas thrown into the mix. Comics, movies, television — wherever DD shows up, fans want to see Elektra sneaking up behind him with her sais drawn. By casting D’Onofrio as Kingpin, the producers have hinted that they may be treading on Daredevil’s hallowed ground, adapting bits of the legendary Frank Miller run. The Marvel Cinematic Universe can always use another badass female character, and — just like Daredevil — Elektra needs a shot at live action redemption following her regrettable big screen appearances ten years ago. This Netflix series could do Elektra justice.