Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ series Daredevil: Born Again reportedly has a number of real-life lawyers in the writers’ room.
Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ original series Daredevil: Born Again — which is expected to focus heavily on superhero Matt Murdock/Daredevil’s (Charlie Cox) day job as an attorney — has reportedly tapped a number of real-life lawyers to join its writers’ room.
According to The Cosmic Circus, Born Again‘s list of writers currently includes David Feige (no relation to Kevin Feige), Thomas Wong and Zachary Reiter. Feige was a public defender in New York City and even founded The Bronx Freedom Fund, a non-profit bail organization. He also wrote the book Indefensible: One Lawyer’s Journey Into the Inferno of American Justice. In the world of television, Feige is known for working on shows about lawyers and the law itself, having co-created TNT’s Raising the Bar and written for ABC’s For Life.
Wong, meanwhile, also got his start as a lawyer in New York before transitioning to the world of TV writing. Wong is perhaps best known for his work on the CBS legal drama Bull. That said, he has also written for Fox’s Minority Report and Freeform’s Good Trouble. Finally, Reiter has a New York legal background as well. Reiter was a prosecutor in Queens and worked homicide cases as an assistant district attorney. The TV shows Reiter has contributed to include Law & Order: Organized Crime, CSI: New York and, according to the Writers Guild of America (WGA), Daredevil: Born Again. Moreover, his brother, Lukas Reiter, created NBC’s The Firm (which Feige wrote for).
The Cosmic Circus also reports that Born Again‘s writers’ room includes Jill Blankenship and Grainne Godfree. Whereas Feige, Wong and Reiter have legal backgrounds, Blankenship and Godfree know a thing or two about superheroes. Blankenship served as co-creator and showrunner of The CW’s live-action DC series Naomi, in addition to writing for The CW’s mothership Arrowverse series, Arrow. Speaking of the Arrowverse, Godfree herself wrote for such CW shows as Arrow, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, even serving as co-showrunner on the latter. Other writers who have reportedly joined Born Again‘s staff include Devon Kliger and Aisha Porter-Christie. The Marvel series’ showrunners are Chris Ord and Matt Corman.
Daredevil Is a Really Good Lawyer
The aforementioned Cox starred as lawyer/vigilante Matt Murdock/Daredevil in all three seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil, which ran on Netflix for three seasons from 2015 to 2018. He also played the character in the 2017 limited series Marvel’s The Defenders. Following a period of uncertainty that began when Daredevil was canceled, Cox finally returned to the role of Matt Murdock in the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home. In the film, Matt offers legal council to Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland). In 2022, Cox suited up as Daredevil for the first time in four years, appearing in the MCU-set Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, with the Man Without Fear starting a fling with fellow lawyer/superhero Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany).
It was earlier in 2022 — at San Diego Comic-Con — that Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige announced that Cox would lead a new Disney+ series titled Daredevil: Born Again, which is slated to premiere in spring 2024 as part of Phase Five of the MCU. Feige also announced that Born Again‘s first season would consist of a whopping 18 episodes — something unheard of for Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series. After all, the vast majority of MCU Disney+ shows consist of six episodes, with only a select few (including She-Hulk) being given nine-episode orders.
In late 2022, Cox presented the idea that Born Again‘s sizable episode count was indicative of a more courtroom-heavy Daredevil show. “I think because of the number of episodes they’ve committed to, there’ll be a heavy influence of courtroom stuff — Matt Murdoch the lawyer in the new show,” the actor told GQ. “So I’m heavily focused on researching that area of this character and his life. It was one of the areas we didn’t do a huge amount [of] exploration around before.” Given the writers who have reportedly joined the show, it seems safe to say that Cox was onto something.
Marvel Studios’ Daredevil: Born Again is slated to premiere on Disney+ in spring 2024.
Source: The Cosmic Circus
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