Lately, audiences and studios have been tossing the idea of superhero fatigue. With DC and Marvel churning out story after story, questions surrounding the quality vs. quantity of these titles have been constantly called out. The next person in line to take aim and fire at Disney and Marvel Studios is Steven DeKnight, who served as the showrunner for Netflix’s Daredevil. Blasting the two studios for their upcoming series, Daredevil: Born Again, DeKnight didn’t hold back any emotion.
Taking his qualms to X, formerly known as Twitter, Steven DeKnight put Disney and Marvel in the hot seat, alleging that they had essentially recycled his original work and put it under a different name.
Steven DeKnight, the showrunner for Netflix’s Daredevil series, called out Disney for running a “scam,” seemingly against him and the actors of Disney’s Daredevil: Born Again.
Referring to the move as a “scam,” DeKnight says that the studio has done this before, explaining “they slightly rename a series to reset contract terms back to first season.” With much of the original cast returning for the revamped production, it’s understandable to see where DeKnight’s issues are stemming from.
Like Daredevil, Daredevil: Born Again will see Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Jon Bernthal reprise their roles as Daredevil, Kingpin, and Punisher, respectively. Laying out more of his frustration, McKnight added that he wouldn’t “see a penny” from the new series because the studio added “Born Again” to the title. Still, the original series’ showrunner says that he’ll tune in to support the series whenever it makes it onto Disney+.
“To be clear, I can’t wait to see Charlie Cox and the amazing Vincent D’Onofrio reprise their iconic roles,” DeKnight added to his tweet, before again slamming the “corporate shenanigans” going down at the House of Mouse. Calling on the unions to take up his torch and fight back to prevent similar situations in the future, the Netflix Daredevil showrunner said that it, “Needs to be addressed by all the guilds/unions and crushed!”
Like Daredevil, Daredevil: Born Again will see Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Jon Bernthal reprise their roles as Daredevil, Kingpin, and Punisher, respectively.
While DeKnight’s concerns and anger are understandable, both Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin have previously appeared in other MCU titles. Cox made his big comeback in Spider-Man: No Way Home, reinvigorating hope for the actor’s beloved character to return to the fold. Likewise, D’Onofrio’s bad guy also previously appeared in the Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld-led miniseries, Hawkeye, marking his return to the Marvel family.
Daredevil: Born Again’s Mysterious Future
Luckily for DeKnight, Daredevil: Born Again has hit a rough patch of water, having recently been pulled from Disney and Marvel’s upcoming slate of projects. Initially set for a release in the spring of 2024, the series hasn’t set a new premiere date with fans wondering how long it will be until they get the long-awaited and highly-anticipated next chapter in the Charlie Cox-led series.
Daredevil: Born Again joins a slew of MCU titles that will likely see major delays due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Also included in the backlog are Ironheart, Captain America: Brave New World, Thunderbolts, Fantastic Four, Blade, and Agatha: Darkhold Diaries which also underwent another name change. Still, Season 2 of Loki is just around the corner with audiences also holding onto hope that Deadpool 3 will stick to its release date of May 3, 2024.