It’s definitely not too early to start getting excited about the upcoming Netflix series Daredevil, Marvel’s first collaboration with the streaming giant. We previously learned that Boardwalk Empire alum Charlie Cox was starring as Matt Murdock, secretly the titular vigilante, and that Vincent D’Onofrio was on board as Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin. As the weeks went by, more casting announcements arrived, including the involvement of Rosario Dawson as a determined young woman who crosses paths with Murdock and Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Murdock’s best friend. Now, we’ve learned that Peter Shinkoda has also joined Daredevil in a heavily recurring role.
Shinkoda, a regular on TNT’s Falling Skies who has appeared in films like I, Robot and Godzilla, will be playing a character named Hachiro. Now, the question is, who the hell is Hachiro? I couldn’t find any trace of a preexisting character by that name in the Daredevil comic-book universe, so I’m guessing he’s an original character (unless any of you guys know any better?).
Whoever Shinkoda is playing, it’s exciting to see another talented actor join the series’ already impressive cast. And adding to our anticipation for Daredevil is the fact that the skill present behind the camera is just as impressive as that on screen – Steven S. DeKnight, previously the showrunner on Starz’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus: Vengeance and Spartacus: War of the Damned, is handling showrunner duties.
Daredevil will run for 13 episodes next year, serving as the first of four 13-episode Marvel series especially for Marvel. Those other series include Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Once each of those series have wrapped up, the characters will all unite for a 13-episode team-up miniseries titled The Defenders.
The collaboration with Marvel is a big gamble for Netflix when you consider the paltry reception given to ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, the level of skill present both in front of and behind the camera is unmistakable, so hopefully audiences will respond well to Daredevil. If they do, the series could be the beginning of a beautiful partnership for both companies.