Charlie Cox might not be the only actor to cameo as Matt Murdock/Daredevil in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, as a new rumor claims Marvel Studios approached Ben Affleck regarding a role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
On Twitter, notable leaker @bigscreenleaks claimed Marvel reached out to Affleck's team about a cameo as Daredevil in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in late 2021. Since then, the leaker has not had any updates on whether or not Affleck will actually reprise his role. As this rumor is unverified, take it with a grain of salt.
Keep in mind I heard this back in October/November so anything could've happened since then. I haven't heard any updates though.— BSL (@bigscreenleaks)January 12, 2022
Affleck first played Murdock in 2003's Daredevil, which was directed by Mark Steven Johnson. The film saw Daredevil going up against Bullseye (Colin Farrell) and Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan). At the box office, Daredevil made $179.2 million against a budget of $78 million, which was a strong performance for a superhero movie at that time. However, Daredevil didn't fare well with critics and audiences. Currently, the film holds a 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. An R-rated director's cut of Daredevil that released in 2004 was better received.
A Daredevil spinoff, Elektra, released in 2005 and starring Jennifer Garner in the title role. While Affleck filmed a cameo for the film, his appearance didn't make the final cut of Elektra. At the box office, Elektra proved a massive disappointment, earning only $57 million against a budget of between $43 and $65 million. Elektra also received negative reviews and only holds an 11 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The failure of Elektra resulted in plans for a sequel to Daredevil getting canceled.
Affleck's relationship with Daredevil has been complicated. In 2006, Affleck said he'd never play a superhero again because of his time as Daredevil. Later, in 2013, he said he regretted playing Daredevil, and he's continually reiterated such sentiments throughout the years. However, Affleck did eventually play a superhero again. He made his DC Extended Universe debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman in 2016's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Still, while he's slated to appear in The Flash film later this year, Affleck is seemingly done with the role and has expressed his feelings that playing Batman didn't make him happy.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a script by Jade Halley Bartlett and Michael Waldron, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is slated for release on May 6.
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