Last night, the showrunner of Netflix's Daredevil series, Steven DeKnight, made headlines for his comments on Marvel Studios' upcoming Born Again "reboot," calling out Disney's practice of relaunching and slightly altering the title of a show after three seasons in order to reset contract terms.
DeKnight described this as an "old Disney scam" (and there's certainly evidence to back it up), but does rebooting - no matter how loosely - a series five years after it was cancelled really fall into this category?
Regardless, DeKnight has now shared some follow-up Tweets clarifying his feelings on the matter, making it clear that he fully supports Born Again and the returning cast members. He also gives his take on Charlie Cox's (Matt Murdock) recent appearance in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, which proved to be somewhat divisive among fans of the Man Without Fear.
Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk), and Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle/The Punisher) will also reprise their roles from the now defunct Netflix series, along with new cast members Michael Gandolfini, Nikki M. James and Sandrine Holt.
We recently learned that Holt will play Vanessa Fisk, while James is believed to be playing Kristen McDuffie. Gandolfini's role hasn't been confirmed, but there's speculation that he'll wither be playing a younger take on Fisk in flashbacks, or the villain's son.
The show will be loosely based on the '80s Marvel Comics series of the same name by Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli, but is not expected to be an overly faithful adaptation. Despite some significant changes to the story, "Daredevil versus Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin, remains the focal point."
Born Again will be PG-13, but Marc Jobst, who helmed some key episodes of the Netflix show, simply doesn't believe Cox, D'Onofrio and Bernthal would have agreed to return if they didn't think it was going to work.
"So I’ve got no idea what they’re doing and how they’re approaching the Disney version of those worlds," he said in a recent interview. "I can’t imagine that Charlie, Vince and Jon would sign up for something that they felt was anodyne. They just wouldn’t do it. So in some form or another, Disney must have persuaded them to say, 'This is a journey worth coming on.'"
Born Again was recently removed from Marvel Studios' line-up, but we're expecting an update when the Hollywood strikes come to an end.