Twentieth Century Fox's planned Daredevil reboot may have failed to take off, and Marvel may have deemed the character not popular enough to lead a feature film, but Matt Murdock is nonetheless making a comeback in the first of several Marvel TV shows being produced by Netflix.
With the time until the scheduled production start date for Daredevil fast closing in, the most pressing question is that of which actor will be chosen for the lead role. A source claiming to be close to the production recently reported that Netflix and showrunner Drew Goddard were interested in Dexter star Michael C. Hall, but didn't mention whether this interest had progressed into official negotiations.
It's possible that Goddard and Netflix really are interested in casting Hall in the role of Matt Murdock, but if that's the case then they haven't approached him yet. When questioned by Vulture on the subject of the casting rumors, Hall said that he doesn't believe there's anything to the rumors and that he hasn't been made any offers... yet:
"I've heard them, but I think that's all they are — rumors. Don't misunderstand, I would definitely consider it … but I can't tell you any inside information, because I think they're nothing but rumors... I really am enjoying mixing it up a little bit, and I'm committing to things that have a foreseeable end in sight when I start them. I wouldn't rule out the possibility of [a new series] happening at some point. But I'd have to read the script!"
Fans who are rooting for Hall to be offered the role shouldn't give up all hope just because the actor has denied the recent rumors - after all, his schedule is looking fairly free right now and he did say that he would "definitely consider it" if approached. There is still time for Netflix to make an offer before filming begins in July, but if Hall was a top choice we'd expect him to have been personally informed by now.
Netflix now has a fixed schedule laid out for its five upcoming Marvel shows. Daredevil, the best known of the characters, will get a series first, followed by Jessica Jones and then Iron Fist and Luke Cage, respectively, before bringing the heroes together in The Defenders. It's an ambitious plan, but Netflix original series like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards have already set a strong precedent.
Although at 43 years old Hall would be playing a slightly more mature version of the Hell's Kitchen vigilante, he's displayed enough talent for playing dark and complex characters that we definitely wouldn't object to him being cast as Matt Murdock if the rumors do turn out to be true.
We’ll keep you updated on Marvel’s Netflix shows as development continues.