Rosario Dawson Joins Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Netflix Series

Published 11 months ago by , Updated June 26th, 2014 at 11:42 am,

Rosario Dawson Joins Marvel Daredevil Netflix Rosario Dawson Joins Marvels Daredevil Netflix Series

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding to the the small screen, beginning with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on ABC which just concluded its first season, and then opening the doors to a new set of stories and characters next year on Netflix. The Netflix plan is for four character-based 13-episode series based in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen and a miniseries which presumably will team them all together and they’ll all be based in the same universe as The Avengers.

The first of these is Daredevil, a property recently reacquired from Twentieth Century Fox. Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) will play the titular hero Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast as Wilson Fisk, a.k.a The Kingpin and primary antagonist to Daredevil. Joining them will be Rosario Dawson.

Marvel just made the official announcement but unlike Cox and D’Onofrio, they suspiciously neglect to specify which character Dawson – who reprises her other comic book role in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For this August – will play, only hinting that she’s a “dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.”

Daredevil the man without fear Rosario Dawson Joins Marvels Daredevil Netflix Series

As the production ramps up for a shooting start date next month in New York, more supporting cast members will be announced very shortly and not long after, we’ll have to start hearing who are playing the other series leads as Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones – especially since they may crossover into each other’s programs. Remember, it’s all connected.

Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television:

“Rosario Dawson is one the most charismatic, talented and powerful actresses in Hollywood, so she was always at the top of our list for ‘Marvel’s Daredevil. Her role in the series is absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.”

Could Rosario Dawson be playing Murdock love interest Karen Page? The villainous Typhoid Mary? Maya Lopez, one of the few deaf comic book characters? Elektra? Share your thoughts in the comments!


Next: Elden Henson Cast as Daredevil’s Foggy Nelson


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 begins airing on ABC this fall. Daredevil releases on Netflix in 2015.

On the film side, Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. Put me in the NOT ELEKTRA camp.

    Her playing Echo seems to make the most sense. However, I did see someone throw out Misty Knight as an idea, which makes a little sense since the shows will be crossing over. Although, I think they’d save her for Iron Fist.

    • no misty knight doesn’t make any sense I say echo or karen page

    • Someone posted a picture of Katrina Law as Elektra and hoped she’d take that role (though if she did, what would happen with her Nyssa al Ghul character in Arrow?) but I can imagine Rosario could play either Misty or maybe Karen Page?

    • I think Misty Knight is a pretty good bet.
      Someone out to “heal the wounds” of Hell’s Kitchen may very well be a cop, and despite her more Hispanic roots she frequently plays the tough and capable female role and Misty Knight doesn’t necessarily need to be black, if you’re looking for more color (especially prior to Luke Cage’s season) Rosario is recognizable, fairly bankable (moreso than a complete unknown at the very least) and is a native New Yorker if I’m not mistaken.

      Her role as a detective tracking Daredevil and then eventually meeting Iron Fist through her adventures isn’t the worse idea I’ve ever heard.

      I’ve always fan cast her as the detective in a live action version of Gargoyles, so I’d be happy with this.

  2. they are going all out with these netflix series… im even more excited now. especially for the iron first series. cant wait.

    • Ah! I can’t wait for Iron Fist! But I wonder how they’re going to introduce the mystical elements of his story? Interestingly, if they two Netflix shows a year, then Iron Fist will come out the same year that Dr. Strange does… 2016: the year of Marvel’s Magic & Mysticism?

    • This Netflix team-up with marvel sounds like a great idea to me. I wonder if we will ever see Moon Knight on a similar series on Netflix (or anywhere else would be OK, also)?.If I were DC/Warner, I would be knocking on Netflix’ door with my list in hand as well. Say with Doctor Fate, Deadman, Metamorpho, Spectre…characters that might not otherwise get a cinema outing (Dr. fate could be an exception, though, as he is big enough to warrent big-screen movie time!). CW network has done well with Arrow, and I have high hopes for Flash. They are supposed to do Hourman next year, and I would be extatic to see them introduce Ray Palmer (The Atom) for his own show. It seems in fact that Palmer’s name got mentioned in Arrow, but I can’t remember where or why in what context or episode. The Atom could probably do quite well either on CW or Netflix with his own show…plus it introduces another character with JLA connections.

  3. Daredevil is my favorite superhero. I hope they dont mess him up. Rosario is a good addition. I suppose she could be Elektra, but the first person that came to my mind was either Milla Donavan from Bendis’s run or The Night Nurse. Wow I’m nerdy.

    • i dont think you should be worried. marvel said that these series are going to be more for hte comic audience than the wider audience they target for the movies.

      • Yes but marvel say a lot of things!
        and we have to remember marvel is not some mystical entity, made up of creatives and fans, who want nothing more than to represent there characters in the best way possible, No they are a bunch of business graduates and strategists sitting in a room, working out the best why to squeeze money out of us.
        But anyway! that rant aside I really am crossing my fingers for good things.

        • I think you have that confused with Hollywood. I agree that Marvel does work for the almighty dollar and not the almighty geek, however that can be said about all studios. It’s about what will help the bottom line, while doing just enough to appease the die hard comic fans.

          • No! to the best of my knowledge, I did not confuse, the multi billion doller entertainment company, marvel! with the geographical location, hollywood! Unless you mean hollywood, as a broad term collective, for bicoastal, multi billion doller entertanment companies, like Marvel, WB, and FOX for example.

    • Night Nurse a lot of sense too

  4. Has to be Echo! That would be awesome!

  5. Was anxious for Elektra but completely forgot about Echo. Echo would be an even better choice given their similar ancestry and the characters relationship with The Kingpin. She has a cool power too. Photographic Reflexes

  6. My money is on an updated Karen Page. Instead of starting as a secretary for Matt, she is introduced as a former sex worker/drug addict who got her s*** together and works to help the less fortunate in Hell’s Kitchen. It would be the PERFECT role for her! I don’t think I like her for Elektra.

    Also, can we assume Elektra reverted to Marvel this year? Daredevil reverted 9 years after the movie, and it’s been 9 years since Elektra came out. A few years ago Variety claimed Marvel didn’t have Elektra when Daredevil reverted to them.

    • That’d be a nice way to out-Miller Frank Miller!

  7. reading up on Echo, and she’d be even better than Karen!

  8. Glad daredevil is finally going to be part of MCU but i prefer him already operating as daredevil
    rather then go the arrow route and go on another journey. One such journey is enough.

  9. Elektra. Unless they make a female Foggy or Bullseye.

    Marvel would cast those parts before Karen or Echo I bet.

  10. Iron Fist, will be my favorite Marvel film/series, I already know.
    Who should play Bullseye, Foggy and hopefully Lady Bullsey. An awesome character from Brubaker’s run.

  11. Typhoid Mary

  12. Is it the law now that every adaptation or remake has to have a least one pointless race change or something?

    • who says she is changing race she might playing echo and why do race baiting fanboys only speak up when a white character is changed no comment the other way round where was your outrage at the last air bender, dragon ball evolution, prince of persia and numerous other films such as replacing sunspot with a white dude in stead of an afro brazilian

      • Echo is Native American.

        • native american obviously with hispanic heritage thrown in as the name maya lopez and who says she don’t have that and how many pure native american actresses are there out there

        • Rosario’s dad was half native.

          • Johnny Depp had even less native American in him when he played Tonto.

        • Native Americans probably have more important things to worry about than who plays a make believe comic book character on a television show.

    • Is it some sort of universal rule that you HAVE TO make everything about race?
      For god sakes, you don’t even know who she’ll be playing. Get a grip, dude.

      • Well considering how horrible Jamie Foxx was as Electro, it’s clear that “Being the best person for the job regardless of race” had nothing to do with his casting.

      • @juz mooe if that was aimed at me then i suggest you actually look at the topic and the fact that people can say no to elektra and then say oh yeh i can see her playing misty knight. Because guys like you are always quite when roles like that are reversed so no you get a grip dude

  13. Man, i had a awkward moment, last year with Rosario Dawson, and am working on that production, i read this and thought this is going to be so awkward for me….. But besides that great choice…

    • Your comment is difficult to decipher.

      • means he walked in on her changing or involved in something illicit or naughty. Go Rosario!

  14. D’Onofrio and Dawson make this already at least seem 100 times more legit than SHIELD.

    Also, randomly met Rosario Dawson in line for the RockNRoller Coaster at Disney like 10 years ago.

  15. I want her as my Karen Page!

  16. I’m not really familiar with these female roles other than Elektra, but Rosario Dawson’s involvement has finally got me interested in this Daredevil project. I mean no disrespect for the character and this Netflix scheme sounds promising, but I’m just not a big fan of this particular thing. But Dawson, I am a fan of, so this is good.

  17. White Tiger…

  18. Maya Lopez or Elektra. Either way, I’m with it. Can’t wait to see how this turns out.

  19. Seems like it’s going to be a very quality production…Dawson & D’onofrio are great additions. I like the idea of the four shows, but I think I’d prefer to see Cage & Fist share a show, instead of having solo outings. But hopefully they’ll all be good.

  20. No to Elektra, Matt Murdock should be well into being daredevil before she even makes an appearance. Also I think Elektra should be played by Gina Carano, Shes exotic, beautiful, can Act and is a veteran martial artist. She not only looks the part but has the physical ability to pull it off.

    • Gina Carano is a martial artist, that much I can agree with you on. How exotic she is might hinge on where someone is from so that is a toss up. As for her acting, she needs a lot of work in that area.

  21. She’s not Karen Page. That part’s been filled. But Dawson probably CAN’T be Typhoid Mary. If they’re doing a closer to accurate adaptation (and though they take their spins, they at least get the core concepts), the problem is that, with her powers, IT’S STRICTLY A RACIAL REFERENCE. She’s called Typhoid Mary not because she’s disease based (the Elektra movie did that), but because she’s a dangerous IRISH-AMERICAN. And if there’s one thing Rosario Dawson ISN’T, it’s passably Irish-American.

  22. I’d go with Elektra, I can see her in the role, especially after Sin City. Karen should be reserved for someone who has less star-power, but Elektra should be someone who can steal the show. And Rosario… can… steal… this… show!