New ‘Daredevil: Born Again’ Details Revealed In Uncovered Copyright Registration, Includes Female Urich, Race Replaced Kirsten McDuffie, And Jon Bernthal’s Return As Punisher
New details have been revealed for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ series, Daredevil: Born Again, that reveal the show will include a female Urich, a race replaced Kirsten McDuffie, and the return of Jon Bernthal as Punisher.
On the U.S. Copyright Office’s Public Records System a filing for Daredevil: Born Again on September 25, 2023 provides a brief description of the show’s first episode as well as the cast members and who they will be playing.
This filing was uncovered and brought to the attention of the public at large by X user Scarlet Witch Updates.
Daredevil seems to be delayed to 2025! pic.twitter.com/2cQDRYT5yj
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As you can see in the description above the official description states, “Marvel Studios presents Daredevil in which longtime rivals Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) try to leave behind their darker alter-egos to serve the people of New York only to have their pasts catch up to them. In the first episode of the series we are reintroduced to the world of Daredevil.”
Following this brief description it reveals the first episode is directed by Michael Cuesta and it includes the following cast members and the characters they will play. Of note it reveals that Jon Bernthal returns as Frank Castle.
Other actors and their respective characters include Margarita Levieva as Heather Glenn, Michael Gandolfini as Daniel Blade, Sandrine Holt as Vanessa Fisk, Nikki M James as Kirsten McDuffie, Genneya Walton as BB Urich, Clark Johnson as Cherry, Arty Froushan as Buck Cashman, and Zabryna Guevara as Sheila Rivera.
The casting descriptions confirm a rumor that surfaced back in April from CanWeGetSomeToast that Nikki M James would be playing a race replaced Kirsten McDuffie.
The scooper shared on Twitter, “Sources from the set of Daredevil: Born Again have confirmed with me that Nikki James is playing Kirsten McDuffie.”
The scooper would go on to allege in July, “I can exclusively share that Matt Murdock and Kirsten McDuffie will be working together at his new firm: Murdock & Associates in Daredevil: Born Again. Nelson and Murdock is no more.”
It’s unclear at this point if this rumor is confirmed, but given he nailed the McDuffie rumor it would seem likely.
Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera created McDuffie back in 2011. As a new assistant D.A. she believed Matt Murdock was Daredevil, and even aided him in carrying out his vigilante work. The two eventually became romantically involved.
This casting list also appears to confirm that Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson will not be returning to reprise their roles as Karen Page and Foggy Nelson. The Hollywood Reporter previously claimed they would not be returning noting in March, “Other actors from the Netflix Daredevil series are not expected to return. Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson, who played classic supporting characters Karen Page and Foggy Nelson, respectively, are not on the roll call for the Marvel series.”
Their claim in the same report from March that Bernthal would be reprising his role as Frank Castle is confirmed.
The casting list also appears to have passed the baton from Ben Urich to a female character named BB Urich played by Genneya Walton. Urich was previously race swapped in Netflix’s Daredevil season when he was portrayed by Vondie Curtis-Hall.
It appears they might continue with the race swapping of the Urichs, but have given the role to a daughter or other female relative.
Finally, the filing also reveals the show is not expected to debut on Disney+ until 2025 after previously expecting to arrive in December 2023. The ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike likely has a lot to do with the series’ delay.
What do you make of this copyright filing and everything it confirms for Daredevil: Born Again?