Disney+’s upcoming Daredevil: Born Again series, which sees Charlie Cox reprising his role as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, will be different from the Netflix series in several ways, one of which is a tonal shift for the titular superhero.
Marvel Studios’ adaptation of Daredevil won’t be as dark and brooding as the previous character rendition and will differ from She-Hulk’s version of Daredevil: “quick-witted and funny and charismatic and carefree,” he told NME.
“This has to be a reincarnation, it has to be different, otherwise why are we doing it?” he said. “My opinion is this character works best when he’s geared towards a slightly more mature audience. My instinct is that on Disney+ it will be dark but it probably won’t be as gory.”
Cox starred as Daredevil on Netflix’s Marvel’s Daredevil for three seasons from 2015 to 2018. Since then, he’s suited up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing as Daredevil in Spider-Man: No Way Home and in several episodes of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law over the summer. The Disney+ series will shoot for 11 months in 2023, starting in February.
Cox knows some people may prefer the upcoming series, set to premiere on Disney+ in the spring of 2024, to be a continuation of the previous iteration, but Cox has other ideas.
“I would say to those people, we’ve done that,” he told NME. “Let’s take the things that really worked, but can we broaden? Can we appeal to a slightly younger audience without losing what we’ve learned about what works?”
Daredevil: Born Again will also have an 18-episode season as opposed to the 13-episode seasons on Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix.
“I’m imagining there’s going to be an element to it that is like the old-school procedural show,” he said. “Not necessarily case-of-the-week, but something where we go really deep into Matt Murdock the lawyer and get to see what his life is like…. I think there’s something quite interesting about that, to spend a lot of time in a superhero’s day-to-day life and really earn the moments when he suits up.”