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Rumor: Netflix and Drew Goddard want Michael C. Hall to play Daredevil

03.27.2014

As Drew Goddard's DAREDEVIL series gets closer to production, we still have not yet learned who will be playing the Man Without Fear. Netflix and Marvel, to keep production budget down, could cast an unknown in the lead role, but that may also prohibit the eventual crossover potential for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that in mind, this rumor sounds pretty spot on. But keep in mind the word rumor as there is very little to substantiate this. Still, it is an intriguing prospect worth discussion.

The Comic Book Cast podcast explained their thoughts on the rumor that Drew Goddard and Netflix are eyeing DEXTER star Michael C. Hall for the role of Matt Murdoch on the series. The rumor first surfaced on the Marvel Cinematic Universe Facebook page from a source claiming to be close to the production.

While this is far from being confirmed, it is an interesting choice. Hall built a fanbase from his runs on SIX FEET UNDER and DEXTER and is fully capable of playing both dark and intense. At 43, Hall may be a bit old to headline a superhero series, but I wouldn't be opposed to dropping right into the middle of a DAREDEVIL in his prime rather than doing another origin story.

Whether this pans out or not, it is definitely an intriguing choice that I wouldn't rule out. DAREDEVIL is likely to premiere later this year on Netflix.

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6:46PM on 03/28/2014
Hall was born to play M. Murdoch.
Hall was born to play M. Murdoch.
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10:34AM on 03/28/2014
His age is only a problem if they want to go with an origin story. I think he's a fine choice.
His age is only a problem if they want to go with an origin story. I think he's a fine choice.
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2:14AM on 03/28/2014

Hell Yes

If this happens I'll be very happy. If not, I still hope he gets involved in some sort of Marvel or DC project. He could play a great superhero. He'd be an even better villain.
If this happens I'll be very happy. If not, I still hope he gets involved in some sort of Marvel or DC project. He could play a great superhero. He'd be an even better villain.
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2:17AM on 03/28/2014
He would make for an awesome Joker or Riddler in the new Batman films.
He would make for an awesome Joker or Riddler in the new Batman films.
11:39PM on 03/27/2014
Too good to be true, I always thought he would be perfect for the role (not just because he is naturally Ginger), and I like the idea of him already being active for years. And he is at the median age for the Marvel Studios actors, so age should not be an issue anyway,
Too good to be true, I always thought he would be perfect for the role (not just because he is naturally Ginger), and I like the idea of him already being active for years. And he is at the median age for the Marvel Studios actors, so age should not be an issue anyway,
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11:21PM on 03/27/2014
not sure how i feel about this i like michael c hall i dont hate the idea but im not all excited for it either if this turns out to be true
not sure how i feel about this i like michael c hall i dont hate the idea but im not all excited for it either if this turns out to be true
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11:20PM on 03/27/2014
I'm sure Hall can breath life into the character.
I'm sure Hall can breath life into the character.
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9:43PM on 03/27/2014
It would be an interesting choice. Acting wise he could totally pull it off. But Daredevil is an expert in hand to hand combat. Could he handle all the action? I mean obviously they could get a really good stuntman. Its thought provoking for sure.
It would be an interesting choice. Acting wise he could totally pull it off. But Daredevil is an expert in hand to hand combat. Could he handle all the action? I mean obviously they could get a really good stuntman. Its thought provoking for sure.
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9:59AM on 03/28/2014
From my understanding Michael C. Hall has practiced rudimentary martial arts for exercise only. Showed off a few moves in the first season of Dexter, maybe the second, but I think they had to put a stop to it due to Hall's illness.
From my understanding Michael C. Hall has practiced rudimentary martial arts for exercise only. Showed off a few moves in the first season of Dexter, maybe the second, but I think they had to put a stop to it due to Hall's illness.
8:33PM on 03/27/2014
Yes please. Great choice for the role.
Yes please. Great choice for the role.
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8:30PM on 03/27/2014
Hall is a quite talented actor and seems to have just the right level of stardom for a project like this. If this rumor is true I'm totally game, even though he isn't one of my personal top 5 choices.
Hall is a quite talented actor and seems to have just the right level of stardom for a project like this. If this rumor is true I'm totally game, even though he isn't one of my personal top 5 choices.
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8:02PM on 03/27/2014

Nope

If he were ten years younger, maybe. I think they should go with a lesser known name. Or Cole Houser if they want to do an already established DD.
If he were ten years younger, maybe. I think they should go with a lesser known name. Or Cole Houser if they want to do an already established DD.
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9:54AM on 03/28/2014
Hall would only be good if he was 10 years younger, but Cole Hauser is only 4 years younger than Hall.
Hall would only be good if he was 10 years younger, but Cole Hauser is only 4 years younger than Hall.
7:17PM on 03/27/2014

Game

I'm always open for more stuff with Michael C. Hall in it. Better this than some ill conceived Dexter spin-off too. I dig it.
I'm always open for more stuff with Michael C. Hall in it. Better this than some ill conceived Dexter spin-off too. I dig it.
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7:11PM on 03/27/2014
Dark Passenger, meet Daredevil...brooding x2!
Dark Passenger, meet Daredevil...brooding x2!
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6:48PM on 03/27/2014
Guess they going for an older, seasoned version of Daredevil. Netflix originals have been golden so far, so not worried about it sucking. Just a lot of his early history could get glossed over. They bringing in Elekctra? Black Widow is a staple of the Daredevil universe, along with Kingpin. I doubt they could get Scar Jo, but the character needs to show up at some point. Foggy needs to be in their and Frank Millers Born again arc is a must at some point.
Guess they going for an older, seasoned version of Daredevil. Netflix originals have been golden so far, so not worried about it sucking. Just a lot of his early history could get glossed over. They bringing in Elekctra? Black Widow is a staple of the Daredevil universe, along with Kingpin. I doubt they could get Scar Jo, but the character needs to show up at some point. Foggy needs to be in their and Frank Millers Born again arc is a must at some point.
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6:31PM on 03/27/2014

What's not to like?

He has the look, the acting chops, the charisma and the experience to headline a series. The only strike I see against him is that he is 43. Other than that, he'd be perfect.
He has the look, the acting chops, the charisma and the experience to headline a series. The only strike I see against him is that he is 43. Other than that, he'd be perfect.
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6:17PM on 03/27/2014

HELL NO!

I am sure Michael C. Hall is a great actor and all but he's not the actor needed for Daredevil.
I am sure Michael C. Hall is a great actor and all but he's not the actor needed for Daredevil.
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6:52PM on 03/27/2014
He's forever Dexter now. All anyone would see is Dexter dressed up like a Daredevil. Wouldn't like this choice at all. I think Ryan Gosling would be great, but I doubt he would ever consider it, even if asked.
He's forever Dexter now. All anyone would see is Dexter dressed up like a Daredevil. Wouldn't like this choice at all. I think Ryan Gosling would be great, but I doubt he would ever consider it, even if asked.
5:35PM on 03/27/2014
Hopefully this turns out to be true. He would make for a perfect Daredevil and would bring much depth to the role.
Hopefully this turns out to be true. He would make for a perfect Daredevil and would bring much depth to the role.
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5:20PM on 03/27/2014
Nooooooo!
Nooooooo!
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6:18PM on 03/27/2014
I concur.
I concur.
5:15PM on 03/27/2014
Yep. Good idea. No complaints.
Yep. Good idea. No complaints.
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4:53PM on 03/27/2014

Yes

Daredevil, at this point, is not a hero the demands a trilogy in the same vein as Iron Man, Captain America, or Thor. He's the ideal character for the small screen, and if eventually he crosses over into the Avengers territory then he doesn't need to be doing that much so I could definitely see Hall fitting into the equation--despite his age.
Daredevil, at this point, is not a hero the demands a trilogy in the same vein as Iron Man, Captain America, or Thor. He's the ideal character for the small screen, and if eventually he crosses over into the Avengers territory then he doesn't need to be doing that much so I could definitely see Hall fitting into the equation--despite his age.
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4:48PM on 03/27/2014
I remain skeptical because he has been such a long running fan favorite for the role that of course he would be the first rumor. It would be cool if true though
I remain skeptical because he has been such a long running fan favorite for the role that of course he would be the first rumor. It would be cool if true though
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4:48PM on 03/27/2014
Jeremy Renner is 43. I don't think age factors much into Marvel's choice for actors.

But hell yeah, Michael C. Hall would be an awesome Daredevil.
Jeremy Renner is 43. I don't think age factors much into Marvel's choice for actors.

But hell yeah, Michael C. Hall would be an awesome Daredevil.
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