(note: If you haven’t read Part 1 of this blog go back and do so as this won’t make sense otherwise.)
Jared Leto as Matt Murdock/Daredevil
Sure he’s the singer/songwriter/guitarist of one of my favorite bands, but that’s completely unrelated. He’s a good actor and has proven so in such films as Requiem for a Dream and American Psycho, and has shown a Christian Bale like physical dedication in Chapter 27. His leading man good looks will ensure the female crowd shows up and his built but slender physique will accurately fill the suit to keep the fanboys happy. And as much shit as it got, the armored black DD costume from the '90s would look really cool as the live action interpretation of the costume.
Jason Statham as Bullseye
If the picture comparison wasn’t convincing enough, his over all bad assery should be. Before the guy was an action star in the Crank and Transporter films, he was an Olympic diver and world class martial artist making him the ideal choice for the marksmen bad guy. One major suggestion from me would be to make him actually wear his trademark costume in the movie as it is one of the most badass comic book costumes and will look way cooler than Collin Ferrel’s trench coat.
Ben Kingsly as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin
Now he may not be the 100% physical match for the rotund crime boss, but hay, neither was Michael Clarke Duncan. But what Kingsly lacks in ginormousness, he makes up for in sinisterness. It’s easy to picture him being a “businessman” who could kick a lot of ass, and he’s practically played the part before in movies like Sexy Beast and Lucky Number Slevin.
Mark Ruffalo as Foggy Nelson
One of the most under rated actors out there, Mark Ruffalo has got all the chops to steal the show in the role of Matt Murdock’s best friend and law partner. His quarky role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind shows he’s got the nerdy humor end of the character while his performance in Zodiac proves he can keep Foggy real, level, and in a bow tie!
Gemma Arterton as Elektra
Jennifer Garner was a bit too cute and innocent to play the brutally vicious assassin who stole and destroyed the heart of the man without fear. Gemma Arterton doesn’t seem to have that, but instead has the intensity and sexuality that Elektra needs. She’s already taken on action oriented parts in Clash of the Titans and the upcoming Prince of Persia movie so being the villainous love interest of DD would be a logical step and an opportunity for her to show off more of her acting skills.
Zooey Deschanel as Karen Page
Matt Murdock’s law firm assistant who eventually becomes his main squeeze is a classy girl who is accessibly sexy, but with a dark past hiding deep underneath. Zooey Deschanel is more than capable to breathe life into this small role that would eventually be the central focus of one of the most important moments in Daredevil’s history.
And at the Director’s chair: David Fincher
A perfect choice to direct any movie, Fincher’s style lends itself to comic books and Daredevil especially. The way he likes to put the camera through the holes in the wall and the cracks in the floor in movies like Fight Club and Panic Room would work beautifully to visually display Daredevil’s heightened senses and I can’t even begin to think of what he would do for DD’s radar sense. It’s obvious he can handle intense crime drama without repeating himself with the extremely different but equally impressive films Seven and Zodiac. Fincher needs to make this movie.
There you have it, now if only the people actually making the film would listen.