Published: Monday, April 30, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 15:04
All the way back in the halcyon days of the 2000-and-zeroes, Marvel teamed up with Fox to trade on the success of the then-popular Spider-Man and X-Men films to bring about products based on its lesser known properties. most of these were, of course, tremendous failures. But few of these failures were quite as spectacular in every way as 2003’s “Daredevil.” Based in the comic of the same name, “Daredevil” inexplicably starred Ben Affleck as a blind, super-sensed lawyer and Jennifer Garner as his rival/would-be lover Electra Natchios. Loosely based on one of the greatest story arcs in the series’ history, movie was a financial and critical flop. of course, that didn’t stop Fox from making an ill-meaning spin-off based on Garner’s character that was an even bigger flop. It also hasn’t stopped Hollywood from announcing a new attempt to bring the franchise to theaters once more. the new film is based on a script from “Fringe” writer Brad Caleb Kane, so we’re off to a pretty good start. Deadline has also reported that the script will undergo a rewrite from little known Davis James Kelly and possibly any other writers that use their middle names on a regular basis. as for the director, it would seem that mark Steven Johnson (oh, there’s another one) won’t be returning for the sequel/reboot/prequel/whatever it is. instead, we’ll be treated to the work of David Slade, creator of child friendly horror psychological horror film “Hard Candy” and director of what I’m told is the most self-aware and least irritating of the “Twilight” films. I suppose everyone’s got to eat. according to a source at Moviehole, Slade’s idea for the film is “said to be a ‘close cousin’ of some of the other superhero movies out there in the market place (I believe he’s referring to films like ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’ which are bright, boisterous blockbuster types that skip on the gloom and go straight to the boom!) – which shouldn’t surprise anyone. ‘It’s a bit Batman begins. the bad guy will learn who Daredevil really is and tries to destroy him – but not via the usual methods.’” well he certainly sounds excited, anyway. less exciting are the rumors that Slade might be bringing “Twilight” veteran Robert Pattinson with him to star as Matt Murdock, the titular Daredevil. to be fair, Pattinson does look a bit like lawyer-by-day Matt Murdock but his soft-spoken tone and small frame keep me from seeing him as the darker, more serious Daredevil. Still, I’ll try to keep an open mind as we await more news on the project.