Daredevil hit the world like a tidal wave when it debuted on Netflix earlier this year, quickly becoming one of the most watched original shows for the streaming service and erasing the lingering bad vibes of the 2003 big screen adaptation. Its release is the beginning of a larger plan between Netflix and Marvel—a deal including Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and crossover miniseries event The Defenders— though Daredevil’s initial success was more than enough to insure that The Man Without Fear would live for another season.
Production is currently underway for Daredevil season two, with returning players like Charlie Cox (back as Matt Murdock), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple) being joined by Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as fan-favorite Elektra and, in the biggest development, Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) as Marvel vigilante Frank “The Punisher” Castle. The collective cast’s star power continues to grow with the latest update, too.
Deadline is reporting that Stephen Rider (The Butler) has been cast as Blake Tower, a character known in the Marvel comics as a tough-on-crime district attorney and ally to both Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil. As portrayed in the comics, Tower often provides Daredevil with information needed to track down and subdue Hell’s Kitchen’s most notorious villains.
Rider’s addition to the Daredevil cast is notable for being part of Marvel’s commitment to bringing key, though lesser-known, comic book characters to life on screens both big and small; far from being solely a “Daredevil” character, Tower has also made appearances across the Marvel pantheon, seeing as he has collaborated with Avengers like Captain America in past comic storylines. It’s too soon to know just what role Tower will be playing in Daredevil’s second season, though.
Dawson, as it were, is going to be showing up in both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage during their first seasons, while Mike Colter will debut as the Luke Cage character on the Jessica Jones TV show (before he headlines his own series). It’s worth noting that in the Marvel comic book universe, Blake Tower once helped Daredevil apprehend The Purple Man – who will be played by David Tennant (Doctor Who) in Jessica Jones. Hence, there is a precedent for Tower to make an appearance on more than one Marvel/Netflix solo character series, serving as yet more connective tissue between the shows.
Despite Marvel and Netflix keeping the lid firmly on specifics for Daredevil season two, we can expect some serious action – as the hero faces off against both Elektra and The Punisher, neither of whom have received the proper treatment in an official live action adaptation yet. We’ll keep you posted on specifics as we learn them, but, for now, things are looking good for the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Daredevil season one is now available for viewing on Netflix; Jessica Jones premieres in Fall 2015; Luke Cage and Daredevil season two will arrive in 2016, followed by Iron Fist and The Defenders some time thereafter.