Just yesterday, we reported that Marvel, Disney and Netflix were courting /daredevil-season-2-jason-statham-bullseye/Jason Statham for the role of Bullseye in Daredevil. Now, it's being said that he has walked away from negotiations. And we can all thank the Internet. Apparently it was this early leak of talks between the actor and the studios that caused him to drop out before he had a chance to sign on.
Many are pointing the finger at Latino Review for letting the cat out of the bag. It's highly suspected that their exclusive report has ended up causing a fan favorite actor to walk away from a very popular Netflix series, and fans are clearly disappointed this morning. Apparently, the actor was heavy into negotiations for the role. It's speculated that, perhaps, Jason Statham's agent saw all the positive buzz and upped his asking fee, which killed the deal. Or, on the flip side of that, the studio may have seen the positive reaction, and terminated the deal fearing they would have to dole out more money. However it happened, money clearly seems to be a factor, but nothing has been confirmed at this time.
However it happened, its being confirmed that Jason Statham is completely out of the running for Marvel's Daredevil Season 2, and another actor will be sought out. The good news remains, Bullseye will be in these new episodes. He's not the only villain, though. We'll also see Mr. Fear, Spider-Man regular Mysterio, and, as we've heard in the recent past, Elektra, who eventually becomes a love interest for Matt Murdock.
This isn't the first time an early leak has killed a deal for Marvel. The same thing happened with Doctor Strange when the studio was going after Joaquin Phoenix, who got cold feet and bailed before signing on. And this isn't the first time Jason Statham has been wanted for a role in Marvel's Daredevil. As you may remember, before the rights reverted back to Marvel, 20th Century Fox was planning a reboot with director Joe Carnahan which never happened. Jason Statham is said to have been up for a role in that canceled movie. Casting on Marvel's Daredevil Season 2 will begin in earnest next month. Who do you want to see take on the role of Bullseye in Marvel's Daredevil now that Jason Statham is out of the picture?