With Netflix and Marvel’s “Daredevil” a decided hit amongst fans, Season 2 is hoping to ramp things up by adding some new comic book characters to the live action show. While most of those additions have been people that will encounter Daredevil (Charlie Cox), the latest is really more of a partner for his alter ego, Matt Murdock.
Despite Season 2 of the superhero show being well underway in terms of production, Deadline reports that the show has cast “The Butler” star Stephen Rider as a new series regular. Rider will play a character named Blake Tower, a District Attorney for New York City who helps Daredevil and Murdock gain information on criminals that the costumed vigilante can then go capture and bring his own unique brand of justice to.
Those familiar with Marvel comics will recognize Tower as a minor character in the universe, similar to Ben Urich - although we all saw how major Vondie Curtis-Hall’s portrayal of that character became to the TV show in Season 1. In the past, Tower has worked with several superheroes including Captain America and She-Hulk. Although he has no superpowers himself, his position as a DA offers him access to criminals and villains that are of great interest to the crime fighting community.
Rider’s casting comes on the heels of two very exciting additions to Season 2 from the comics. As previously reported, “The Walking Dead” star Jon Bernthal has been cast to be the fourth actor to try and make The Punisher work on screen; a favorite amongst comic book fans for his hyper violence and gore. Meanwhile, a key love interest for Daredevil in the source material, Elektra, was cast with actress Elodie Yung. Each of these incredibly important comic book characters will join Cox and the rest of the Season 1 gang when the show finally returns for Season 2 in 2016. However, before then fans can look forward to the upcoming release of “Jessica Jones,” which will star Krysten Ritter and take place within the same universe as “Daredevil” and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s expected to come out before the end of 2015.