Daredevil Fan Cast: 1970s Film

Check out BattlinMurdock's dream Daredevil film cast and crew, set in the 1970s!

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By BattlinMurdock - 12/2/2012


It's no secret by now that I've adored Daredevil for quite some time. After writing numerous articles about him and penning a full-length feature film trilogy, I decided to make a film cast based in the 1970s. Hope you guys enjoy!

Director: Sidney Lumet


As far as I'm concerned, no director has ever captured performances and the soul of New York City like that of Sidney Lumet. He's my favorite director of all time, and he exploded in the 70s with films like Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, Murder on the Orient Express, and Equus. He's a director with explosive vision and isn't afraid to deliver a brutal kind of film. And with The Verdict also under his belt, as well as the famous 12 Angry Men, Lumet has always been the director for Daredevil.

Robert Redford as Matt Murdock


Look no further than The Sting. Redford is every inch Matt Murdock. He's likable, rough-and-touble enough, and a very on-the-nose, quick lipped actor. Redford even has the look down pat.

Faye Dunaway as Karen Page


She worked with Lumet and won her Academy Award for her role in his Network. If you want someone to bring a real relevance and weight to Karen Page, then you'd have a safe bet with Dunaway, who also roared through the 70s with great roles, opposite the likes of Peter Finch and Jack Nicholson.

Paul Newman as The Fixer


Newman needs no introduction. He's been able to work with extreme range and has fascinated audiences everywhere with his flavor of characters. Lumet directed him to an Oscar nomination in The Verdict and he could bring tons of layers to a figure as "small" as The Fixer.

Albert Finney as The Kingpin


He worked with Lumet both on Murder on the Orient Express and Lumet's final film Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, and would have made a killer Kingpin. Though he doesn't have the extreme weight, Lumet probably would have directed the film with Fisk as more of a believably Godfather-esque intimidation. And who better to grab than Finney?

Dustin Hoffman as Foggy Nelson


Plucky, spunky, and short, Dustin Hoffman could have been the living, breathing Foggy Nelson with ease. Always in the shadow of the adored Robert Redford in the film, he could have easily skipped his way into our hearts, also pulling off quite the convincing lawyer and catching us all by surprise.

Jack Nicholson as Bullseye


I considered Gene Wilder at first, but went with Nicholson because of his tremendous presence. He's got that bad-guy-glimmer and slime to his eyes and smile, and there's no one else I'd rather throw the psychotic role to than a physically prime Nicholson. It'd be a great chance for him to practice for The Joker, at the least.
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FlixMentallo21 - 12/2/2012, 8:55 PM
Nice cast! If you want further proof that Nicholson would've been a good Bullseye back then, look at "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".
MrBlueSky - 12/2/2012, 8:58 PM
Nice cast, dude!! The only one I'm iffy on is Faye Dunaway because she annoys (but I've only seen her work in The Great Gatsby). I love Robert Redford for DD!

Anyway, can you check out my JLA vs The Authority cast?
DoctorAlgernopKrieger - 12/2/2012, 9:23 PM
love it! Not so sure about Jack as Bullseye, but not impossible. great work!
MrCameron - 12/3/2012, 11:06 AM
Wow, great cast ;)
TheSoulEater - 12/4/2012, 4:23 AM
I could TOTALLY see this
FlixMentallo21 - 12/4/2012, 6:23 PM
@UniBeam11
It's like I said before--watch Nicholson in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", that's great Bullseye material.

Oh yeah, when all of you have a minute, check out my latest fancast: "G.I. Joe: Special Missions"--The Series.
Tainted87 - 12/5/2012, 11:46 AM
I see Paul Newman every day at work, and would never have made that connection. Interesting. Of course, when you see the Sting, half of these choices instantly make sense.
toco89 - 12/5/2012, 1:53 PM
All time best fan cast in my book. Good job.
AC1 - 12/6/2012, 10:59 AM
Nice cast, only change I would personally make is I'd have Orson Welles play Kingpin, he had the presence, the voice, the size, the age, and the talent to be a very memorable villain.

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