The third actor for Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series Daredevil has been announced, only this time there’s a bit of a mystery. Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Eagle Eye) joins Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio, but unlike those two, Marvel hasn’t revealed which character Dawson will be playing. Instead, they gave us this character description.
Known for her powerful work in “Cesar Chavez,” “Kids” and the upcoming “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For,” Rosario Dawson will play a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.
Matt Murdock has had a lot of women in his life, from Echo to Milla Donovan to Typhoid Mary. Since this will be his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the only character that can be crossed off that list is Black Widow, since Scarlett Johansson is too busy running around with The Avengers. However, going off the quote above, there are several candidates who fit the description.
First off, Elektra. Of all the women associated with Daredevil, she’s easily the most recognizable. Also, notice that she’s on a “quest to the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen.” Does this mean she’s on her own mission of justice, albeit much rougher than the kind Matt is dishing out. Keep in mind that in the comics, Elektra met Matt when they were in college. Although Cox is 31, he looks very young, so the show might follow Matt not only starting his vigilante career, but setting up his law practice in Hell’s Kitchen. He’ll somehow meet her during one of his cases, the two will develop a relationship, but fall into conflict with each other once Matt realizes her methods involve a lot more killing than he’d like.
Of course, if Dawson is playing Elektra, and if someone is cast as Bullseye, than she’s screwed. As many of you remember from the comics and 2003 movie remember, Elektra is killed by the always accurate assassin by one of her own sai. She is eventually resurrected, but considering this series is only 13 episodes, her chances of returning from the dead would diminish.
There are two other characters that could work well. Before Elektra, one of the leading ladies in his life was Karen Page. Page was secretary at Nelson & Murdock in the ’60s and ’70s, and eventually discovered Matt’s secret identity. The two of them had a lot of romantic turmoil, and she also became a drug addict. Right when she stated to turn her life around, she was murdered by Bullseye. Man, that guy really doesn’t like Daredevil having any lady friends.
For those who are tired of Elektra, Page would be the preferable choice as female lead. Despite being almost completely ignored in the movie, Page is an important character in the Daredevil mythos, and she already has the perfect set-up for joining: the law practice. You can’t have Nelson & Murdock (Foggy HAS to be a part of this show) without Page. She could also take more of an active role in his vigilante life compared to her comic counterpart.
My third candidate has only been around for a couple of years: Kirsten McDuffie. Created by Mark Waid, McDuffie was introduced as an Assistant District Attorney who was determined to prove that Matt was Daredevil (this was when his identity was only rumored, whereas recently he completely revealed it to the public). While she wouldn’t be a true antagonist, it would be nice if Matt had a legal rival to spar against throughout the series. Sure we like our crime-fighting antics, but it’s important that there’s also plenty of courtroom drama.
Of course, these are just my thoughts. Like I said, Daredevil comics have had a lot of supporting female characters over the years. Who’s your pick? Let us know in the comments below.