The first episode of Marvel Studios’ Daredevil: Born Again will be directed by Michael Cuesta, who was responsible for the pilots for programs including Homeland and Dexter.
This month, New York will see the start of production on the 18-episode Disney+ series, which will truly integrate characters that first appeared on Netflix when the streaming service had a lineup of Marvel series in the middle of the 2010s into the well-known and prevailing Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After making fleeting and teaser cameos in Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Charlie Cox, or Daredevil, the man without fear, who played Matt Murdoch, is returning his role for the series. Having made his MCU debut in Hawkeye, Vincent D’Onofrio is back as Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime, while Jon Bernthal is coming back as the Punisher, a hard-edged vigilante.
The call sheet also lists performers like Michael Gandolfini, Margarita Levieva, and Sandrine Holt, who would play Fisk’s wife Vanessa Fisk. The series also stars Michael Gaston.
Born Again draws its name from a famous Daredevil narrative that was written by Frank Miller and illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and released in 1986. The degree to which the program departs from the plot is unknown. The Punisher, for instance, wasn’t included in the comic book’s storyline. Wilson Fisk, commonly known as the Kingpin, and Daredevil are still engaged in a massive struggle.
Matt Corman and Chris Ord, the show’s creators and executive producers, are slated to debut it in the spring of 2024.
Just the first episode is being directed by Cuesta, according to reports. Blocks of episodes will be helmed by other filmmakers that have been lined up.
One of the best helmers in the pilot game is Cuesta. He also directed the pilots for the police drama Blue Blood and the procedural Sherlock Holmes mystery show Elementary in addition to the critically acclaimed gritty dramas Dexter and Homeland, for which he received an Emmy nod the latter.
The responsibility of directing a pilot is significant since it often establishes the cast, tone, and aesthetic of a series and is viewed as both a test of the potential of a program and an opportunity to shine. Managing the first episode is still crucial, even though many programs in the streaming era get straight-up series orders.