Out promoting his upcoming Netflix espionage thriller series “Treason,” actor Charlie Cox sat down with The NME to discuss the series and in the process touch upon his next work – the “Daredevil” revival.
Cox first played Matt Murdock, the blind New York lawyer turned leather-clad crime fighter, in three seasons of the Netflix series, which ran from 2015-2018. The series was well-received critically and a hit commercially, but also decidedly dark and violent compared to most Marvel fare.
More recently, Cox revived the role for brief appearances in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” for a single scene and in several episodes of the “She-Hulk: Attorney-at-Law” series, where his appearances were decidedly lighter in tone. The reception to both again was great.
With “Daredevil: Born Again” comes an eighteen-episode revival/semi-reboot of the “Daredevil” series with both Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin coming back. Cox is excited about not just his return to the character, but exploring another version of him that will be less self-serious than his Netflix counterpart:
“This has to be a reincarnation. It has to be different. Otherwise, why are we doing it? My opinion is this character works best when he is 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.”
So those hoping for a straight continuation of the previous series won’t be getting that, and Cox is aware some want this to be “Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ Season 4” which it isn’t:
“I would say to those people, 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?”
One big surprise about the series is that massive eighteen-episode order – around double that of most streaming shows and five episodes more than the standard thirteen-episode run of past “Daredevil” seasons. Cox says he was as surprised as everyone else when he found out:
“They said to me, ‘We’re going to be shooting in 2023’. I said, ‘Great, when?’ They said, ‘All 2023’. I start shooting in February and finish in December.
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 adds that he knows little of what he’ll be doing in the show right now as he hasn’t seen any scripts or outlines. Cox was also asked about the possibility of him playing James Bond, to which he responded: “The honest truth is that I think there are better candidates out there than me. The Bond itch has been scratched a little bit for me with ‘Treason’ but also, particularly by Daredevil. Playing a superhero is not so different.”
“Treason” streams on Netflix from December 26th.