It's been nearly eight years since Daredevil premiered on Netflix. The premise of the superhero crime drama took place in a fictional version of Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan. Daredevil was presented to the world two years after Marvel's first television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which aired on ABC. The cinematography for Daredevil was dark, artistic, and thought-provoking. At the same time, the costumes and stage combat was equally as compelling. The portrayal of Daredevil (aka Matt Murdock) by the lead actor, Charlie Cox, was a far cry from Ben Affleck's version of the iconic comic book character on the big screen in 2003. Charlie Cox's character was relatable, insightful, vulnerable, edgy, and completely willing to dish out a serious beatdown if the situation required it. In many ways, he was just as broken mentally as he was from a physical standpoint. The award-winning production was a pivotal part of a collaborative effort from Netflix and Marvel to roll out a slew of shows based on The Defenders, a supergroup of superheroes consisting of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Not only did the plan come to fruition, but it even spawned a new Punisher series starring Jon Bernthal. Nevertheless, four years into their collaboration on Marvel projects, the executives at Netflix and Disney failed to reach an agreement regarding the episode count for upcoming seasons. So, they severed ties with one another, paving the way for the latter to redirect the shows to their new streaming service, Disney+.
In May last year, Disney+ announced the return of the heralded Daredevil series with a reboot starring Charlie Cox called Daredevil: Born Again. The upcoming series is expected to begin filming next month. According to reports, Vincent Philip D'Onofrio will return as Daredevil's nemesis, Kingpin. But outside of that, fans of the old Netflix series should expect a major shake-up in terms of casting the supporting actors. Those aren't the only changes that Marvel Studios has in store for the new show; in a recent interview with NME magazine, Charlie Cox indicated that Daredevil: Born Again on Disney+ would not be as violent and raw as its predecessor on Netflix, which often featured highflying martial arts, drug deals, gunfire, stabbings, and bloody slashings. The 40-year-old actor cited the executive producers' desire to appeal to a younger demographic of viewers this time around. Even if those distinctions once helped make the original show's content so remarkable and fascinating.
“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 gory... 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?”
Charlie Cox made his return to the MCU as Daredevil in She-Hulk. Based on the character's new attire alone, it's fairly evident that execs want to take the franchise in a family-friendly direction. Daredevil: Born Again is slated to premiere sometime in 2024. Thus far, the executives at Disney and Marvel Studios have not announced plans to reboot other fan favorites from Nexflix, such as Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and The Punisher.