And who the *bleep* is Charlie Cox, you ask? Yeah, I’m right there with you. Though obviously not a complete unknown, I must admit that I had never heard of him.
So, what are my thoughts? Well, the first thing that popped into my head after I heard about it was that he didn’t look right for the part. Then I got a look at another picture, and thought maybe. He’s still a little too boyish-looking for me (which really has nothing to do with his age – 31 apparently – just the shape of his face), but to be honest, acting chops matter much more than physical appearance in the end. I do expect a better dye job than the one we saw in the original Daredevil movie. Contrary to what I’ve seen some people express online (all men who’ve never died their hair presumably), you can absolutely go from dark brown to carrot top. It just takes a two step process, usually in one formula, that makes the hair both lighter and redder. I really have no idea why they didn’t do that with Ben Affleck’s hair back in the day.
As for acting skills, I’ve been hearing some encouraging things, including from people who commented on the TOMP Facebook page when the news first broke. I really have little to add in this regard. I will definitely try to actually check out some things he’s been in which I haven’t had the time to do just yet. (And to think I somewhat needlessly watched Cabin in the Woods by no-longer-showrunner-of-Daredevil Drew Goddard!)
All in all, I’m fairly neutral about all of this at this point. As mentioned, I’m a little concerned about Cox’s general appearance, but that matters less than whether or not he can “own the part” in other ways. And as for that, we won’t know until we see some actual footage. I will say that it amuses me to see yet another British actor take on a Marvel superhero (go Old World!) and that he’s not too famous already. What are your thoughts?
And yes, I’m now officially back from my hiatus and will return with my Daredevil #3 review tomorrow!