Variety is reporting that 20th Century Fox is finally axing their Daredevil reboot. Hallelujah!
A few weeks ago, there was talk regarding Fox and Marvel hashing out a property trade. In order to keep the movie rights to Daredevil (the blind super hero), FOX had considered giving Marvel back the rights to Galactus and the Silver Surfer (of Fantastic Four fame). Basically, FOX needed to have a new Daredevil movie in production (officially green lit) by Oct 10th 2012 or else the property rights would revert back to Marvel/Disney. While FOX did have a Daredevil movie in the pipeline, with director David Slade and then later Joe Carnahan they couldn’t get their shit (script, casting..etc) together on time. Since FOX didn’t want to lose out on their best laid plans, the studio offered Marvel/Disney back one of it’s other properties in exchange for an extension on Daredevil.
This exchange of properties, however, is not happening. Marvel said no to the extension (I like to imagine they gave them a hearty “fuck you!”). Confirming this comes word from Joe Carnahan.
Carnahan tweeted earlier today that his “retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero” pitch “went up in smoke”. Here’s what he said:
“From what I’m hearing, that means that Fox is prepared to see the rights to that character revert back to Marvel Studios, and fall under the Disney umbrella. Marvel essentially said no to an extension and to Fox’s request that it come aboard as cofinancier of the Daredevil film.”
“Guys. To clarify. DD pitch was tremendous and everyone flipped for it. The clock ticked down at Fox, that’s why it went tits up.”
Alright, so, Daredevil is coming back to Marvel. Huzzah, right? Given FOX’s unfortunate track record with super properties, I’d say this is grand news. However, there’s two things that are giving me a moments pause.
1. What would have Joe Carnahan’s Daredevil been like? Could it have been any good?
2. How the heck is Marvel going to integrate Daredevil into it’s cinematic universe?
In regards to my first query, I read that Carnahan had intended to work from Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli‘s Born Again storyline, which sees the hero taking some dark turns. After Matt Murdock’s pal sells out his Daredevil identity in exchange for drugs, the Kingpin uses the information to try and destroy Murdock’s life. So, that would have been serviceable angle.
Furthermore, Carnahan gave us a little tease of what might have been. The director uploaded a video today. A sizzle reel (something shown to executives to give idea impression of the tone and style) which illustrated his “Serpico-styled” take on the property. Watch the video below:
I dunno about you, but that sizzle reel sold me. That shit was edgy! Just what Daredevil needs. This actually segways me into my second question.
I don’t see how Daredevil will fit in Marvel’s cinematic universe. He’s one of the few characters that populate and guard the dark corners of the Marvel Universe. Dealing with more mature themes than the regular imprint. Re-working Daredevil to have the same punches peppered with punchlines and clean-cut vibe as the rest of the Marvel Cinematic universe would be disservice to the character.
Personally, I think Daredevil would be better suited as television series. Think about it, the law and order aspect to it…The crime show fans would love it! Really, with Marvels planned migration to TV, I think it’s one of their better properties to utilize. Wouldn’t you agree?