‘Daredevil’ Star Charlie Cox: I Get Why Ethan Hawke Hates Comic Book Movies

And about that 2003 Ben Affleck “Daredevil” film, Cox has thoughts about why it tanked

If you’re sick of superheroes taking over pop culture, Charlie Cox gets it. He doesn’t agree… but he gets it.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the star of Netflix’s “Daredevil” discussed comments made this past summer by Ethan Hawke in which he said that “Logan” was “a great superhero movie” but “still involves people in tights with metal coming out of their hands.”

Cox said that while he’s been a fan of superheroes long before he stepped into Matt Murdock’s shoes, he gets why there might be resentment in the film industry towards the genre’s cultural dominance.

“One of the things that has happened in the last few years is that the movies that typically make lots of money tend to be big franchises,” Cox said. “That means Marvel movies, DC movies, comic book movies… Harry Potter. Hollywood makes so many of these big franchises that there isn’t much space – literally cinema space – for smaller independent movies.”

Notably, Daredevil was one of the Marvel heroes who didn’t succeed on the big screen. Before Cox took on the role for Netflix, Ben Affleck played him 15 years ago in one of the first superhero films released after “Spider-Man” kicked off the genre’s golden age. But the Affleck film was panned by critics and made less than $200 million worldwide, well below the $821 million made by “Spider-Man.”

Cox has a theory for why Affleck’s version didn’t work.

“I thought Ben Affleck did a great job. I really liked his Matt Murdock. It was in keeping with the characters in the comics,” Cox said.

“The problem with the film was that the best Daredevil runs in print are geared toward a slightly more mature audience. He’s not Spider-Man… not really a teenage superhero. That’s where the film didn’t quite work – it was a little too, dare I say, comic book-y for that character.”

Season 3 of “Daredevil” is on Netflix now.