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Fox Wants to Revive and Reboot Daredevil Yet Again?

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October 3, 2008
Source: IESB

Daredevil

Thought you were done with the blind superhero when Ben Affleck disappointed us all in 2003? Think again. Hollywood seems to be much more open to reboots and re-imaginings ever since The Dark Knight took the world by storm. And it must be coincidental that it was just earlier today that I was talking with a friend about whether it would be too early to see Daredevil return. Robert over at IESB has been talking with 20th Century Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman extensively about the studio's future. In their latest discussion, they talked about comic book movies and Rothman specifically mentioned the character. "A Daredevil, to use your words, reboot, is something we are thinking very seriously about."

At this point, so many obscure and lesser known characters (like Iron Man and Green Lantern) from both the Marvel and DC universes are being turned into action movie superstars. Daredevil is a great character and has so much potential, but just got screwed over by Mark Steven Johnson nearly five years ago. Hollywood's current careless attitude allows them to just throw away a movie like that and start all over again from scratch, whether it's five or ten years after the original. And if that means we get to finally see a good Daredevil movie, then I'm all for it. Of course, we need to see that this reboot is a drastic improvement over the original and there are so many important factors that go into making that possible.

Rothman explained to IESB that "when they did Batman Begins, the first Nolan movie, that you can have made some mistakes along the way or movies that the audience wasn't that crazy about and then given the proper amount of time and the right creative vision behind it, you can, to use your word, reboot." He remarkably makes a very good point with that statement - with the right amount of time and creativity, any intellectual property can be "rebooted." Although I'm not often satisfied with Fox's decisions recently, this time Rothman seems to be on top of things. "It needs someone, it needs a director, honestly, who has a genuine vision. What we wouldn't do is just do it for the sake of doing it."

I know there are actually a lot of fans out there of the original Daredevil movie (or at least the Director's Cut). But then again, there are still plenty of fans of Tim Burton's Batman who probably loved The Dark Knight anyway. So I would say that it seems reasonable to reboot Daredevil and make another movie with another director that is truly passionate about the project, but I guess the big question is whether or not it can truly be improved upon. I actually thought the way the sonar vision was portrayed in that fantastic and I can't think of any better ways to do that. Does the character of Daredevil actually have the makings of a superhero that can compete with Batman and Spider-Man and Iron Man? What do you think?

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  • Kaiser
    I actually didn't mind the first movie but I am really excited about a potential reboot, but they MUST get a director that is passionate. What I would like to see would be a Spider-man/Daredevil movie, this could be great, I could never work out why there is not so much as a mention of Spider-man in the original movie, they both live in the same city, they are both superheroes and in the comic books they frequently work together, it makes sense. The question I have is who would they cast as Matt Murdock? I cannot think of anyone off the top of my head at the moment.
  • Spider-Man wasn't mentioned in the same movie because Fox owned the rights to Daredevil and Sony owns the rights to Spider-Man. It's the same reason you'll never see the Kingpin in a Spider-Man movie, either.
  • Peloquin
    So what rights does Marvel have to Dare Devil and Spiderman? Did they completely sell them to Fox and Sony? I think having Marvel heavily involved is integral in bringing out the potential of both characters.
  • Matt
    Fox should let it go and give it to Marvel, or let Marvel do it themselves. Fox just wants to put out a superhero movie b/c Dark Knight and Iron Man did well - so all superhero movies must be gold. Nice logic - idiots. Give it to Marvel, they care about how these movies end up - it is all they do. Fox is just trying to make a buck by chasing what is hot.
  • Daredevil is a prime character for a more adult-oriented movie. If you read some of the graphic novels, the plot lines are somewhat similar to a Soprano's type series. My pick: let Martin Scorsese direct and M. Night Shyamalan co-write the screen play. Then you'd get a serious, worthwhile superhero movie.
  • mikesta
    carry it on i say, same art direction maybe a different cast reboot not needed here
  • Spider
    I once posted that a "Daredevil" reboot was imminent the moment it became known that "The Incredible Hulk" was a guarantee. I certainly share the same opinion(#4) that Fox is adamant about making a quick buck with a "Daredevil" reboot. It would be great, although not likely(hell no), if they just sold the rights back to Marvel. I just hope that the suits at Fox really assemble the right cast and crew and do the character justice and not butcher the damn flick. I believe that "Daredevil" could easily challenge "Batman" in that it is an equally dark character in the vein of "Batman", whose handicap enhances his abilities. This could be the highly touted dark reboot that Hollywood has been talking about since the premiere of, "The Dark Knight"! The real story here would be how Fox handles this. What could be an awesome flick could easily be butchered and bastardized by Fox suits that would very well end up worse than the Ben Affleck version. **Note to Fox: Get your stuff straight and PLEASE keep Mark Steven Johnson away!
  • Probably the best Daredevil story ever was the Frank Miller 'Born Again' run back in the '80s (I don't recall the issue numbers). It was a deconstruction effort, a 'reboot' in a literal sense, since as the story progressed the Kingpin took everything in his life away, his job, his girlfriend, his friends and even his super hero identity, forcing the character to re-invent himself. It was a clever way of rebooting the character without discarding his history. Again, Hollywood can learn much by simply adhering to the comics, yet they continue to miss opportunities.
  • Roy
    #5: That's just dreaming, and all of us know it. The Director's Cut was good enough, and the morons at Fox are sweating bullets because THEY GOT NOTHING.
  • THERBLIG
    Im so tired of people comparing everything to the dark knight and now there taking these movies seriously. These people are fake, they still dont have what it takes, The reason that TDK did so good was that the director actually cared for the comic and was a huge fan. Half of these other directors stop reading comics when they were 15. So now they see TDK and the millions that it made, and they want to make a serious comic, well the first thing they see is how dark the movie was and they like it, that sense of realism. But theyre maybe not realizing that TDK overall is a dark comic, and if you tried putting bright colors through the film like the other batmans then theY wont work like the others didnt. So here we have the studios trying to create new stories with our fav comics and they will destroy it.
  • Ben Affleck's Daredevil was a good film. I don't understand why so many people knock it. Affleck is also a better actor and screen presence than 80% of all the people getting roles in movies today!
  • Matty
    Boo.
  • Darrin
    i hope the new one will be rated R
  • Chris C.
    Iron Man is one of Marvel's biggest properties, as is Green Lantern to DC. How are they obscure characters? But hey, I'm all for a reboot. I haven't seen the 2003 movie yet, but WB/Universal successfully rebooted both Batman and Hulk (respectively) so it's very possible.
  • Boo-Yah
    I liked the first Daredevil and I think a reboot could be decent. I'd throw Kevin Smith's name into the ring for director - he had the cameo in the first one and I believe he's written some of the comics if I'm not mistaken. Whether he would take on an action movie - that's another story. He seems like he'd bring the passion required and, much like Faverau with Iron Man, would have a great mix of action with some humor built in. And given Frank Miller's work on The Spirit, I'd throw his name into the ring as well.
  • Denver
    "So I would say that it seems reasonable to reboot Daredevil and make another movie with another director that is truly passionate about the project, but I guess the big question is whether or not it can truly be improved upon." May I direct your attention to "The Punisher." While not one of the most popular comic book characters, Frank Castle is going on his second major motion picture "re-boot" with Warzone this winter. While the most recent version hasn't been released yet, the question remains. How often should a franchise be rebooted to get what the studio calls the "genuine vision" of the character? Yeah, Batman is a great example of a reboot that worked out wonderfully. What Chris Nolan did with the Batman franchise was wonderful. When Bryan Singer took on Superman, he failed to capture the same audience that Richard Donner captured with Superman: The Movie, and in turn, made Superman more of a dull character. What works for one, won't work for another. The Dark Knight was dark because that's the world Batman lives in. Not every character lives in the same dark environment and using that as the platform in which to create a "successful" reboot is just plain stupid. Back to Daredevil, while Ben Affleck's version had major differences compared with the comic, it wasn't a complete waste. I'll admit, it's a guilty pleasure of mine. Tom Rothman might be in the right mindset when it comes to the first adaption, but thinking a reboot is the right path to go, might need to check his compass. There's my rant on reboots.
  • ERivas
    Speak for your self Alex...I liked Daredevil..It was a fun super Hero with a some flaws..I welcome a reboot though. I think that the character has a lot of potential..
  • Drunkimus
    They should introduce Matt Murdock on the next Spiderman (not to excited) like Tony Stark was on The incredible Hulk and take it from there...
  • Darunia
    Reboots are standard fare in the comic book world, so it's not weird or surprising to see them applied to comic book movies.
  • safichan
    hollywood really seems out of original idea!!! its so tired to see hollywood keep trying reboot movies even from some 5 years old product... why is this happening??!!...TDK is a major success bcoz the original tim burton's batman movie is nearly 20 years...many of the younger generation of batman fans is hunger for the next reboot...that why TDK becoming "monster"...but daredevil??!!! come on.... just focus on other comic book shall we...
  • Darrin
    Dj Caruso should direct this movie. And Jason Statham should be Daredevil. I agree with Frank Millar.
  • Jaf
    If it's with FOX could we at least see DD with Wolverine
  • I'm against these knee-jerk 're-boots' just because a film didn't meet all the expectations. Give these movies a chance, let them grow into something with a sequel before discarding it entirely. For instance, I think it's horrible that they've decided to reboot Superman just because the Routhe/Singer version didn't meet all of their expectations. It was a good film, and clearly NEEDED a sequel to truly shine.
  • re-booter
    NO!
  • Al
    #23, agreed. it gets old after a while. i dont wanna see a new Beverly Hills Chiwawa just because this one will suck. let stuff die. also DareDevil wasnt bad at all. far from the best they coulda done but i dont see the hate.
  • Daas
    I really wanna see a darker grittier "Dark Knighty" reboot of Daredevil...I just wish it was Marvel Studios doing it!!!
  • Rudy
    my god i have a headache reading all this. let the franchise die please. Daredevil is great character in the comics, he has potential yes but right now is not the time to make another one, he would be competing with alot of great movies and yes i'll say it for the um xxx time TDK, iron man, hulk to name a few. the first one was ok, not great, just ok in my eyes. and see what happened with a spin off for Elektra... butchered!!! let it rest in piece move on to another hero there's so many to choose from.
  • The Delightful Deviant
    i've always hated the first film and have been clamoring for a remake that is taken seriously. the Casting was god awful and the script was lazy. trying to be PC is not enough of an excuse to say that MCD was a good choice as the Kingpin, if you cannot find an imposing hefty caucasian actor to play the role of the Kingpin then DO NOT USE the Kingpin, Daredevil has a large enough Rogue's gallery to rival even Batman's. Jennifer Garner was also a terrible choice for Elektra, the script was god awful. Kevin Smith and Jon Favreau who are self proclaimed "comic geeks" don't even chime in on the terrible crap they passed as a script, a BLIND 12 year old boy trained HIMSELF! to do backflips and dodge bullets WTF?!! where the hell was Stick?? the Blind man and the hot chick fighting in the school yard was also terrible, if you are going to directly rip off a fight scene from the comic at least make it Daredevil fight and not Matt Murdock, i know DD is particularly bad at keeping his identity secret but come on!. anyway, i'm all for a remake, a SERIOUS remake!, god willing they'll ask Ed Brubaker for some input.
  • theori
    no....no....no....no....no....no....no....no....no....no....no....no....no....no....no....no....no....you cant do this, i would rather watch the original batmans again.
  • Breach
    I remember a documentary on comic history on Discover once where even Stan Lee himself said Daredevil is one of the worst characters they ever created. Damned if I could find a video of that interview. If they dont have someone like Nolan at the helm it will just be more of the same uninspired crap
  • Giggsy
    Please do not make Jason Statham as Matt Murdock .. :S he looks like a hit man more than a lawyer
  • nelson
  • Maybe this could work. Need to see the cast first, though.
  • A. Krown
    i think that the director must be Frank Miller himself, it is the only way
  • daudda
    only way to make things right is to let Frank Miller direct.
  • SAGA
    Michael C. Hall perfect would be a choice. MICHAEL C.HALL GREAT!!!!

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