As Daredevil: Born Again begins casting ahead of a 2023 start of production, new information seems to corroborate an old rumor. According to insider Daniel RPK, casting has begun for a group of characters associated with Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk as he runs for Mayor.
Mayor Fisk may sound far-fetched, but it’s pulled directly from a recent run of Daredevil comics. In 2017, Charles Soule crafted a storyline that saw, Fisk, the longtime crime boss and thorn in Daredevil’s side, run for Mayor of New York City. Running on a platform that promised to take on the multitude of street-level vigilantes in the area, Fisk won with the help of some illegal handiwork.
In an effort to make Fisk’s undertaking more difficult, Matt Murdock joined the Mayor’s staff as Deputy Mayor. Several rounds of comic book hijinks later, including a visit from The Hand, Murdock became the Mayor. After saving NYC from The Hand with the help of the very same vigilantes Fisk had hoped to eliminate, Murdock stepped down and Fisk continued to serve as Mayor until he was replaced by Luke Cage in 2022’s Devil’s Reign.
Rumors have persisted for some time now that Soule’s run would serve as inspiration for Daredevil: Born Again. Soule’s run introduced some great new characters, including Blindspot, who served as a kind of Robin to Daredevil’s Batman, and the creepy villain Muse. Undoubtedly the biggest game changer from Soule’s run, however, was Matt Murdock taking a case before the Supreme Court over the right for costumed heroes to serve as witnesses to the crimes they often stop from happening. Soule’s run was heavy on lawyering because Soule is a lawyer. With Daredevil: Born Again set for an 18-episode run, it wouldn’t be surprising to see some more courtroom action, maybe even something as ambitious as taking on the Supreme Court.
Fans have quite a wait ahead of them before figuring out exactly what they can expect from Daredevil: Born Again as the streaming series is currently slated to release in the Spring of 2024 on Disney Plus.