Fans with long memories might recall that a couple of years ago, Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff was seen in a comic book store (gasp!) buying copies of Daredevil comics that featured the hero’s nemesis/lover, Typhoid Mary. At the time FOX was looking to reboot both the Daredevil and Fantastic Four properties – a plan that ultimately got set on the back-burner.
However, things have now changed. FOX is indeed rebooting the Daredevil franchise, with director David Slade (30 Days of Night) at the helm. Sackhoff, meanwhile, has moved on to doing stints on shows like The Big Bang Theory and Robot Chicken, but we sat down to talk with the sci-fi icon at Comic-Con 2011 about her voicework as Commissioner Gordon’s partner/mistress, Sarah Essen, in the upcoming Batman: Year One animated feature.
Of course, once you start talking about one comic book character it’s hard to stop – so I took the opportunity to ask Sackhoff if, now that the wheels are turning on the Daredevil reboot, she’s still game for a go at Mary. The actress – who was otherwise bright and outgoing – instantly adopted a more closed and reserved demeanor, before informing telling me:
Who do you need to @#$% to get Typhoid Mary? Because obviously it’s not working for me! [Seriously though] I’m obessessed with Typhoid Mary, I think that she is a phenomenal character. A couple of years ago I actually got a bunch of Typhoid Mary comic books at the Golden Apple in Los Angeles and like five seconds after I walked out it was online…
At this point I have to confess that we were some of the weirdos who jumped all over that Sackhoff comic store visit…
That’s crazy! I love her. I love being bad. I think it’s so much more fun, because it’s so much more challenging to make people like you. I think that’s what fun about it – when you play the villain…you want people to want you to win, and then you’ve succeeded [as an actor]. So the villains are so much more complicated and fun to play as an actor.
I then asked her directly: Should the role come up, would she go for it?
Yeah! Could you imagine? That would be pretty amazing – I’ve been talking about it for a long time. They better get this ball rolling! I’m going to age right out of the project!
In this case we wholeheartedly agree: Seeing Sackhoff’s work as Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica, and her villain role in the short-lived Bionic Woman revival, certainly suggest that she is capable of playing a female villain who is both sexy, crazy, and deadly – qualities both Typhoid Mary and Katee Sackhoff seem to have in common.
For those who don’t know: Typhoid Mary is a powerful psychic (telepathy, limited telekinesis, pyrokinesis) who has a mental illness that results in her having multiple personalities (three to be exact, each more powerful than the other). The character has been a lover and foe for Daredevil over the years, and was eventually brought in as the mysterious “Mutant Zero,” an agent of The Avengers initiative, following Marvel’s “Civil War” storyline. More recently, she has been featured in the Shadowland comic alongside Daredevil, where she tries to do good – only, bad habits die hard.
We know that writer Brad Caleb Kane (Fringe) is currently at work on the script for Daredevil, but details are scant at this time. Rumors peg the story centering on the classic Frank Miller storyline where The Kingpin learns Daredevil’s secret identity and makes his life hell. Could Typhoid Mary be in cards? Who knows.
What we do know, is: Katee Sackhoff is the girl for the role, should it come up.
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We’ll keep you updated on the status of the Daredevil reboot.