There is trouble behind the scenes of Daredevil: Born Again as Marvel executives have made the decision to scrap most of the footage shot so far due to concerns over the show's creative direction.
From 2015 to 2018, Charlie Cox played Matt Murdock / Daredevil, a blind lawyer by day who fights criminals as a masked vigilante by night. Even though the series proved popular with fans, it was cancelled by Netflix after series three due to Disney acquiring the sole streaming rights to Marvel properties.
Following the cancellation, the term #SaveDaredevil began trending on social media.
It was believed that Daredevil, the show, was dead, but in March of 2022, an official reboot was announced titled Daredevil: Born Again.
With Marvel and Disney now fully in charge, there was always going to be more pressure put upon showrunners, writers and directors. In this case, head writers Chris Ord and Matt Corman have felt Marvel wrath as they were let go at the end of September.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the episodes shot so far focused more on the legal side of Matt Murdoch's life rather than the superhero side. In fact, Daredevil did not show up in his trademark superhero costume until the fourth episode of the season.
The first Daredevil series on Netflix was known for its unapologetic violence, and although the Disney version won't be as gory, it was still meant to be action-focused rather than a crime drama.
Kevin Feige and other executives have let go of all of the writers and directors who have worked on the show so far and are now looking for replacements.
Marvel have been criticised previously for how they run their television department in the same way as a movie franchise when the two platforms are completely different.
Indeed, in every major recent show including Secret Invasion, Moon Knight and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, there have been writer and director replacements in the middle of production.
There is reportedly a lack of synergy among the visions of executives and writers.
Lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) has heightened senses after being blinded as a child. He uses these senses to fight crime as Daredevil, protecting the streets of Hell's Kitchen in New York City.
Daredevil: Born Again won't be as violent on Disney
Some fans have expressed concern that Disney's version of the character may lose the dark tone, especially after Cox's comedic cameo in She-Hulk. The actor does believe that the show will continue to be for mature audiences, but perhaps with the violence toned down.
"This has to be a reincarnation, it has to be different, otherwise why are we doing it?” he previously told NME.
"My opinion is this character works best when he’s geared towards a slightly more mature audience. My instinct is that on Disney+ it will be dark but it probably won’t be as gory.
"Let’s take the things that really worked, but can we broaden? Can we appeal to a slightly younger audience without losing what we’ve learned about what works?"