Daredevil: Netflix Series Showrunner Still Calls "Born Again" Season 4
Netflix series Season 3 showrunner Erik Oleson shared some thoughts on Marvel Studios & Disney+'s upcoming Daredevil: Born Again.
With filming underway on Matt Corman & Chris Ord's (Covert Affairs) Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil) & Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin)-starring Daredevil: Born Again, one of the biggest questions that fans of The Man Without Fear are looking to have answered is just how much of the Marvel-Netflix series' canon will make the move over to the upcoming Marvel Studios & Disney+ series. Until the series gets closer to premiering (no, not this year), we're all going to be playing the speculation game. And that includes Netflix series Season 3 showrunner Erik Oleson, who's holding onto the belief that "Born Again" will be a fourth season of the Netflix series until the series shows him otherwise.
"I'm rooting for them. I don't have any inside information for you. I knew it was going to happen just from rumblings through friends in the grapevine of the Marvel family. But I really don't know what they're planning yet. We used pieces of 'Born Again' in our season. I still call [Daredevil: Born Again] season 4, but they're trying to insist it isn't, so I'll go along with whatever they want to call it," shared Oleson during an interview with Screen Rant. "I'm very happy that Charlie [Cox] and Vincent, and hopefully more of our Marvel friends, will get a chance to go make more of the show. I'm a huge fan of them; I'm a huge fan of the show. I look forward to seeing what it is. I hope it's great; let me put it that way."
And how dark does Oleson believe the Disney+ series can be? "We had the ability to go to some dark places, and I'm not sure what a Disney+ version of the show is gonna look like. But we'll see," Oleson answered. "There are lots of different iterations of that character in the comic books, too, so it's like, 'Is it more yellow? Or is it more…?' Who knows? But I wish them the best of luck, and I'm totally stoked to watch." Targeted to premiere in Spring 2024 and with production underway, the 18-episode series cast includes Cox, D'Onofrio, Michael Gandolfini, Margarita Levieva (The Deuce), Sandrine Holt (American Gigolo) as reportedly Vanessa Fisk, Nikki M. James (Severance), Michael Gaston (Mayor of Kingstown), and Jon Bernthal reprising his role as Frank Castle/The Punisher. Michael Cuesta (Dexter, Homeland pilot director) is set to helm the first episode.
Charlie Cox Discusses Daredevil: Born Again
Speaking with NME towards the end of the year, Cox shared that filming would start early in 2023 and was expected to take up most of 2023 ("I start shooting in February and finish in December"). Following that, Cox addressed why he prefers a version of Matt Murdock that's "geared towards a slightly more mature audience," why "Born Again" needs to move beyond the Netflix series, and why he's taking a realistic approach to expectations.
Cox Prefers More "Mature" Matt Murdock: "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 as gory."
On Needing to Move Beyond Netflix's Marvel Universe: "I would say to those people [wanting to continue the Netflix series], we've done that. 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?"
With 18 Episodes, Cox Hopes Matt Sees Some Serious Courtroom Time: "I'm fascinated to discover why they've chosen to do 18. I'm imagining there's going to be an element to it that is like the old-school procedural show. Not necessarily case-of-the-week, but something where we go really deep into Matt Murdock the lawyer, and get to see what his life is like. If that's done right and he really gets his hands dirty with that world… I think there's something quite interesting about that, to spend a lot of time in a superhero's day-to-day life, and you really earn the moments when he suits up."
Cox on Not Seeing "Daredevil: Born Again" Success as a Given: "You [Interviewer] said earlier that I could be busy for years, and I thought, 'Yeah, maybe. Hopefully. But if this show next year doesn't hit the spot, then that might be it. Then it's back to…" And even if the show is a success, Cox knows the importance of appreciating it in the now because it won't last forever. "I'm incredibly grateful Daredevil's coming back. I love playing this character. How much longer, at my age, can I play the lead in a superhero film or TV show? Not very long, probably."
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