Rosario Dawson’s character Claire Temple in “Daredevil” almost was a different character from Marvel lore. According to Season 1 showrunner Steven DeKnight, the executives behind the Marvel Studios films claimed the original character he intended Claire to be.
“Really the only time that we got a ‘no’ was originally Rosario Dawson’s character had a different name,” he explains at a Netflix showrunners panel at summer 2015 TV press tour. “She was going to be an actual Night Nurse from the comics and the feature side had plans for her down the road, so that’s the only time that I actually ran afoul and we couldn’t do something. We just used a different name, so it’s the same character.”
The name was the only hangup on getting the character to the small screen. DeKnight didn’t reveal who the original comic book Night Nurse was, but it’s easy to speculate it was comics character Linda Carter. DeKnight doesn’t know if those movie plans ever came to fruition.
“The original Night Nurse that we were talking about, we had her name in a script and it came back that it’s possible they were going to use it. They weren’t sure at the time, and I’m not sure if they ever moved forward with that on the features side, so we just switched to another character that was kind of the same realm of Night Nurse,” he explains.
Marvel released four issues of the “Night Nurse” comics from 1972 to 1973. Though Linda Carter is the most famous Night Nurse and took on the title as her superhero identity, the comics series also centered around Metropolitan General Hospital night shift nurses Georgia Jenkins and Christine Palmer.
Carter is a character who ended up taking care of not only Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist — all of whom are stars of individual Netflix series — but Doctor Strange and the New Avengers. Meanwhile Claire Temple is another nurse in the Marvel Comics universe, and a love interest to Luke Cage.
“Daredevil” Season 2 is slated to premiere in 2016 on Netflix.