Joe Carnahan's Adaptation of 'Daredevil' Not Looking Likely Now
Even though a trade between Marvel and 20th Century Fox to let the latter studio keep the rights to Daredevil if the former was allowed to use certain Fantastic Four characters like Galactus and Silver Surfer sounded good, apparently it wasn't in the cards. Shortly after the story broke, another story surfaced that Fox wasn't willing to make the trade, wasn't in a hurry to get Daredevil off the ground and just might let the character revert back to Marvel in October. This seems even more likely now that director Joe Carnahan has took to Twitter and corroborated with the report that his Daredevil reboot may not happen.
The Smokin' Aces and A-Team director took to Twitter to say:
"Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids. We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone's side."
Well, that's a bummer. Carnahan's take was said to be a "Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70's thriller," and that's exactly what the character needs to help us forget the horrid Ben Affleck adaptation entirely. Of course, with that dark of a take on a comic book character that already failed once is a big risk for Fox. Movies.com has a great proposal for a film based on the Born Again storyline from a script that has already been written, but it sounds like we'll be waiting awhile for something to happen with Daredevil.
If it were about 15 years ago, this would have no problem getting off the ground as darker, stranger comic book flicks like Spawn and Darkman got off the ground. But now there's this expectation that films have to perform just as well as the family friendly Marvel properties, especially after the huge success of The Avengers, and that's the kind of success the studio wants to replicate. I guess we'll have to wait and see.