Marvel Comics, after making billions and billions of dollars based on the works of Jack Kirby, appears to have become magnanimous to the Kirby family, who have now achieved at least a small victory in its intense legal fight with Marvel and their owners at the Walt Disney Company. Just as the case looked to be heading to one final trial at the Supreme Court of the United States, both sides have come out today to say that their differences have been settled and all systems are go for comics, movies and other media to me made about the characters co-created by Kirby at Marvel during his legendary Silver Age run at the publisher. (more…)
It was with some anticipation, and admittedly a bit of disappointment, when it was announced earlier this summer that the rights to Daredevil and all associated characters were reverting to Marvel Studios, and away from 20th Century Fox.
Fox’s lease on the rights officially expired on Wednesday October 10, which means that Marvel Studios and Disney can start rolling on their own Daredevil production anytime now. As you’ll recall, Fox attempted to extend the lease on the rights by offering Disney the rights on certain cosmic characters like Galactus, who are usually associated with Fantastic Four, but no agreement was reached.
At the same time, director Joe Carnahan, who was in the midst of putting together a gritty, 70s adaptation of the comic, released a sizzle reel giving an impression of what his Daredevil film might have looked like. No word yet if Marvel’s going to give Carnahan a chance to pitch his take to them, but I’d have a hard time believing that Disney isn’t chomping at the bit to insert Daredevil into the previously established Marvel Cinematic U.
Fox, in the meantime, seems to be doubling-down on the two Marvel properties it has left: X-Men and Fantastic Four, which, I guess, were the most promising given the reaction to the Ben Affleck-starring Daredevil in 2003 and the universally reviled spin-off Elektra in 2005. They recently hired critically-acclaimed comic writer Mark Millar to be a creative consultant on all Fox-made Marvel films.
Look for the rumor mill to start grinding about a new Daredevil movie very soon.
It was big news yesterday when it was all but confirmed that the film rights to Daredevil were going back to Marvel/Disney after 20th Century Fox was unable to get a movie into development in time. Now obviously, Marvel isn’t going to let such prime material stay dormant for long, and with a big, wide cinematic universe shaping up, they need someone street-level, and streetwise, to make the everyday criminals run and hide. A Man Without Fear, perhaps?
Let’s start with the obvious. Say goodbye to the 70s vibe. (See the “sizzle steak,” I mean “sizzle reel” below.) Although the flavor Joe Carnahan is offering smells very good, Marvel’s not going to set the Daredevil movie 40 years prior to where the rest of their characters are. So although it would be awesome to see Daredevil fight The Baseball Furries (or wherever that was going), I doubt that’s now going to happen. (more…)