In a rather coy item published to Friday, the company announced that Rosario Dawson, who comics fans will remember as Gail from the Sin City movies and also tons of other non-comics movies, will play a not-yet-named character in the 13-episode Daredevil series on Netflix.

The only clue as to who she will play is that she'll be "a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life." That makes her sound a little bit like a character from the Brian Michael Bendis/Alex Maleev run on Daredevil, Milla Donovan, whom Matt Murdock ended up marrying (it did not last).

In her first appearance in 2003's Daredevil #41, Daredevil saves her from being hit by an oncoming truck, and the two of them literally go crashing through a window. Murdock realizes that, like him, Donovan is blind, and they start a relationship that lasted for more than 60 issues.


Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev
Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev


So the "unexpected crashing" makes sense, but the quest to heal Hell's Kitchen isn't necessarily a fit. It's certainly possible that Dawson will play a new character altogether, and the "crashing into her life" note is the only bit taken from Donovan, or maybe it's all just a red herring.

We do know this: Jeph Loeb, Marvel's head of television, says Dawson's character is "absolutely critical to Matt Murdock’s journey to become the hero we know as Daredevil.”

Also of note: Dawson is described strictly as a "guest star," which means it's unlikely she'll appear in every episode.

Daredevil, which premieres on Netflix next year, will star Charlie Cox as the title character/Matt Murdock, and Vincent D'Onofrio as the Kingpin. It'll be executive produced by Steven S. DeKnight (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer) and Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods).

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