A Daredevil reboot has been rumored for a while so I thought I’d take a crack at casting the film. I didn’t have time to go through the entire cast of possible characters such as Stick, Lady Bullseye, Mr. Fear, etc. but I’ve rounded up the most popular characters. As usual, I chose actors based on looks, acting ability and age in relation to each other.
Michael C. Hall as Daredevil/Matt Murdock – The blind lawyer full of contradictions, Matt Murdock has many layers and must be played by someone who can portray a moral man who commits crimes and has an edge of darkness. Michael C. Hall is that guy.
Stana Katic as Elektra Natchios – Elektra and Matt meet during their time at Columbia University. She later becomes an assassin whose weapon of choice is a pair of sai. Although she’s killed, she, like many comic book characters who die, is brought back. Katic isn’t Greek but she has enough of an ethnic ambiguity that she could pass and she has martial arts training.
Patton Oswalt as Foggy Nelson – Matt’s best friend and law partner, Foggy is both comic relief and base of support. He’s had plenty of his own hijinks in the comics but remains a pretty easy-going guy. Oswalt’s experience as a comedian and actor would serve him well in the role.
Alicia Witt as Typhoid Mary – Typhoid Mary is one of my favorite Daredevil characters. She is well and truly crazy and a past flame of Daredevil’s. I chose Alicia Witt because I think she can handle each of the professional criminal’s personalities in a believable way.
Tim Roth as Ben Urich – Investigative journalist for The Daily Bugle, Ben Urich figured out Daredevil’s sercret identity on his own but keeps the information to himself. He does, however, use it to advance his career by using Daredevil as a source. Roth is a great actor and could handle the role, easy. Roth seems to have stepped from the pages; he looks so similar to the character.
Yvonne Strahovski as Karen Page – Karen is Matt Murdock’s secretary who eventually learns Daredevil’s secret identity. They have a rocky romance and she is one of Daredevil’s great loves but she is ultimately killed by Bullseye. Playing Karen would be a change for Strahovski who is former CIA agent Sarah Bartowski on Chuck; it would be nice to see her range as an actress.
Timothy Olyphant as Bullseye – Bullseye is a mysterious character with a vendetta against Daredevil. He’s agile and can use nearly any object as a weapon. He doesn’t have superpowers but he’s deadly (he killed Elektra). Olyphant has the look of a villain which casting directors seem to agree with, as evidenced by some of his past roles. I think he and Michael C. Hall would be great nemesis. (If Michael Fassbender hadn’t already impressed as Magneto in First Class I would have chosen him for Bullseye)
Kingpin – This is such a difficult role to cast for because of the physical appearance. I could go for a wrestler who is physically imposing but I’m not sure they could pull of Kingpin’s complexity. Or I could go with a too-small actor but no one would buy it. What are your thoughts? I almost want to stick with Michael Clarke Duncan.