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Work Continues On The DAREDEVIL Reboot With A New Writer!!

The Kidd here...

20th Century Fox is still moving ahead with their plans for a DAREDEVIL reboot (it's been nine years since Affleck's version, which seems like enough elapsed time for the rotten taste to have diminished). David Slade is still attached to direct, but the studio is handing the script over to David James Kelly to take a crack at a rewrite in the hopes that the project will round into better shape. Deadline reports that the "Born Again" story arc is what the revival of DAREDEVIL would be centered around, which would have The Kingpin finding out Daredevil's true identity and using that information to go after Matt Murdoch, which sounds like no origin story to me, so hurray for that. 

As for who David James Kelly is, well, he's relatively unknown. Take a gander at his IMDb page, and it'll inform you that he was a post-production assistant on SUNSHINE CLEANING back in 2008... and that's about it. However, just because he doesn't have anything we've seen yet to his credit doesn't mean he's not capable of penning a solid comic book script. Many times it takes someone without a name, without the baggage of some other franchise, to bring a fresh perspective to a property that desperately needs it. How often do we hear the same tired names getting their hands on movies that we right away assume they'll ruin as a result of their track record of ruining movies we once had hopes for? Let's give Kelly some breathing room, and see what he comes up with for the time being. If it turns out worlds better than Mark Steven Johnson's film, then we've got a DAREDEVIL worth watching.

Besides, after X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, there's enough reason for optimism that Fox can turn around some of their less-than-stellar superhero franchise (**cough cough** FANTASTIC FOUR).

 

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

BillyTheKidd@aintitcool.com

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  • April 30, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Was there a daredevil movie before? Must of forgot.

    by Cedric Ford

  • April 30, 2012, noon CST

    Give reboots the boot.

    by txubill

  • April 30, 2012, noon CST

    And please no LEATHER COSTUME!

    by Cedric Ford

  • April 30, 2012, noon CST

    The contractually obligated Daredevil movie

    by thelordofhell

    Sony's so desperate to keep a hold on any Marvel character, they will make drek.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    If "Born Again" is the framework...

    by Benjamin Allen

    ...would it be a terrible idea to let Frank Miller take a crack at the script?

  • April 30, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Or a Kevin Smith scripted Guardian Angel...

    by Benjamin Allen

  • April 30, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Since Guy Pearce is not above selling out anymore...

    by Karl Childers

    ...perfect casting!

  • April 30, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Also,

    by Karl Childers

    the guy who did Chronicle is taking a crack at FF. I think FF would work better if the rights reverted back to Marvel and Marvel let Pixar handle an animated version of it.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    They need to film this year

    by eric haislar

    Or rights go back to marvel. Please key this happen.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Re-what?

    by Kevin

    Will it ever end?

  • April 30, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    HOPEFULLY THIS PROJECT DIES AND RIGHTS GO BACK TO MARVEL

    by Darth Busey

  • April 30, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I liked the leather costume...

    by marineboy

    I liked the movie - am I ill? :s

  • April 30, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    GUY PEARCE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DAREDEVIL THE FIRST TIME AROUND.

    by Darth Busey

  • April 30, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    So Marvel hire Whedon and makes Avengers and this is what Fox does?

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    So Marvel hired fan-favourite perfect choice Joss Whedon and makes Avengers and this is what Fox decides is a good response.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    REALLY HOPE FANTASTIC FOUR RIGHTS GO BACK TO MARVEL, TOO

    by Darth Busey

  • April 30, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    If the FF is going to get the Spider-Man reboot treatment.

    by cookylamoo

    I'd rather they just left it be.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    I hope Quint reboots his Hobbit Set Reports

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    maybe get a new writer for those-- he can just dictate them and a new writer can transcribe them

  • April 30, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    I hate to say it, but I hope Disney gets all these rights.

    by shutupfanboy

    I also didn't mind the original Daredevil especially the director's cut.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    This shit gets a reboot

    by donkey_lasher

    But not Metropolis?

  • April 30, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    So the generation gap is 10 years

    by donkey_lasher

    Cinema will never be the same. The same safe reboots every ten years, for the next generation of kids. Film just isn't for adults anymore is it? Expect an edgy X Men reboot soon (well, after they've milked the franchise dry)

  • April 30, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    @travelingbenjamin

    by mrm1138

    Yes, it would be a terrible idea. Frank Miller has lost all his talent. One need only watch The Spirit and read Holy Terror to figure that out. (I unfortunately did both of those things, but I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.) I don't think Miller is capable of telling a coherent story anymore.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    There are STILL people who profess Daredevil's greatness

    by Jaster Mareel

    Remember that Harry gave a cock-slobbering review. And particularly since the director's cut came out, people are saying it's a fucking masterpiece. Daredevil is a fucking horseshit movie. The script is shit, the characters are shit, except possibly Elektra and the whole thing is a schizoid embellism. From frame one that movie sucked donkey dick. The ONLY reason it had such a big opening weekend is because it was the first superhero film after Spider-Man. We're lucky it didn't kill the genre just as it was gearing up. And I don't want to hear from you idiots that think it was a fantastic film because you are fucking stupid. And the director's cut is actually WORSE than the theatrical cut for reasons I don't feel like rehashing.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Born Again

    by mrm1138

    While Born Again is my favorite Daredevil story,--honestly, I think Frank Miller's collaborations with David Mazzuchelli are far and away the two best things he's ever done--and I like the fact that it's not another origin story, I don't think Born Again makes the best subject for a new franchise starter. Born Again really relies on a lot of built-up character and plot to really pull off. Without the proper context, I'm afraid that it's just going to fall flat. Also, I'm with everyone else in hoping that Fox eventually lets the rights to their Marvel properties lapse and revert back to their rightful owner.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    But let me be clear, I don't give a fuck about the character anyway

    by Jaster Mareel

    So I could care less whether the rights revert or Fox reboots or whatever. I WANTED to like Daredevil, but Affleck buried that under a metric ton of warm ox shit.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:44 p.m. CST

    I actually walked out on DD...

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    It was during that horrible choregraphed dance scene on the see-saws in the park. I caught it here and there on cable and the only redeeming factor it had was the batshit-insane Bullseye Colin Farrell played.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I have more imdb credits than this guy..HIRE ME!!

    by alienindisguise

  • April 30, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    never got the hate for the leather costume.

    by eric haislar

    I thought it worked well. Also what would you like him to wear? Spandex?

  • April 30, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    What was wrong with Daredevil? Did I miss something?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    I thought it was casted well, and the action was solid. It wasn't great by any means, and I would slap anyone who called it a masterpiece. But come on, what does it take to please you people?

  • ..then you could see literally ANYONE crossover from movie to movie. That would be sweet. *sigh*

  • April 30, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Guy Pearce has never been above selling out

    by slone13

    He has ALWAYS taken the occasional "sell out" paycheck so he can continue to do smaller, personal films that he has a real interest in. He knows exactly what he's doing and has no shame in it.

  • April 30, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    Ryan Gosling anyone??

    by paul burnett

    Cameo from Jon Hamm as Mr Fantastic??

  • April 30, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Save Hamm for The Dark Knight Returns adaptation..

    by Bodacious_Crumb

    He would make a great older Bruce Wayne.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, yo

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

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  • April 30, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    @wrath_of_fett

    by mrm1138

    While I wouldn't say the director's cut is any worse than the theatrical version of Daredevil, it certainly doesn't improve it in any way. It really don't address any of the structural problems with the movie, the biggest being the fact that it feels like it's missing a second act. I think Mark Steven Johnson's idea was that the origin story would be the first act, everything up until Elektra fights Bullseye is the second, and the rest is the third, but it doesn't really feel that way. I think the biggest mistake it makes is that it never really gives us time to get used to the idea of Elektra being a costumed avenger before she gets killed off. Honestly, trying to include the Elektra story into the first film was a mistake. It leaves too little time to do it properly, especially when introducing so many other characters (e.g., Kingpin and Bullseye).

  • April 30, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    am i the only one who actually enjoyed it when it came out?

    by rakesh patel

    it was a while back and i havent watched it again. but i thought it wasn't that bad. someone refresh my memory and tell me why it sucked balls.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Hamm has a bright future ahead of him

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    in television

  • The man has to live. Acting is his job.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    How are they gonna do Captain America at the end?

    by Fortunesfool

  • Now, I'm not saying that the director's cut of Daredevil was greatness or anything, but it took for me what was a 2 out of 4 star movie in theaters to a 3 out of 4 start film once the R rated director's cut was finally released. I honestly believe that if they had just released the director's cut in theaters, that people would have liked it a lot more. Most people that I know that still despise the film to this date haven't seen the R rated director's cut and and have changed their tune once they have in most cases. So, I really don't think that we need another re-boot of the character but oh well, this is how Hollywood seems determined to work anymore.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Guy Pearce's selling out..

    by Karl Childers

    I meant in the magnitude that he did with Lock Out.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    MSJ's Daredevil WASN'T bad

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    It also wasn't great either but I could think of films worse than it. Like the solo Elektra film, which was beyond awful. But seriously, Daredevil was a pretty solid popcorn flick. Yeah, Affleck as a blind guy running around with highlights in his hair - what the fuck was that about? But if you switch off the overanalyzing part of your brain for the film, you get what amounts to a watchable film with good performances from Colin Farrell as Bullseye and Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin. The latter of whom might not have been the Kingpin every comic nerd has come to enjoy but he was at least ATTEMPTING to bring something to the role - rap mogul vibe aside. Now David Slade's last comic property film? Shit sucked, seriously. Handing this off to him and expecting him to turn in something better than the last is like saying here's a turd, put a pretty dress on it so it looks less like a turd. At the end of the day, you're still left with a turd in a goddamned dress.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Guy Pearce's selling out..

    by Karl Childers

    I meant in the magnitude he did with Lock Out.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I can see Hamm as Bats...

    by Karl Childers

    He might be just a couple of years older than Bale but there are times he looks older than his actual age in Mad Men. Although, if you're going to do The Dark Knight Returns properly, Bruce Wayne needs to be in his 50's at least.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    What happen to the Spawn reboot?

    by Cedric Ford

  • April 30, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    The Spawn Reboot...

    by Karl Childers

    ..probably died along with the lackluster sales of the comic itself. I know McFarlane was shopping around a script revolving around Sam and Twitch with Spawn being more of a secondary character seen in the background. There was also supposed to be a new animated series, but no telling what happened there.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    I could easily buy John Hamm as a man in his 50s.

    by Jake Pantlin

    He just has that look.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Spawn was once a promising character..

    by Karl Childers

    ..until McFarlane basically got greedy and lazy. I was going to buy Spawn Origins vol 1 but it's missing issues with Neil Gaiman (I guess because of that lawsuit). I read where some recent reprints of the hardcover edition have it included now. I looked it up on eBay and low and behold, THE Al Simmons (McFarlane's college roomate) is selling a signed edition for over $100.

  • Kingpin was black and Elektra was not as badass as in the comics makes it a bad movie? They replicated DD's sonar perfectly and he moved just like DD should and his powers and blindness were all very well utilized. Joey Pats' Ben Urich was great. The Director's Cut (not so much the theatrical mind you) handled the lawyer aspect of DD very well. Jon Favreau was a great Foggy. Bullseye was spot on. The final battle between DD and Bullseye and later between DD and Kingpin were very well choregraphed and thought out I felt. And they even managed to throw in a good deal of Matt's Catholicism. And freaking David Keith as his dad! David Keith! Come to think of it...this was a pretty darn good superhero flick! Whats wrong with you people????

  • April 30, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Guy Pierce I have always wanted to see as The Man Without Fear.

    by the Green Gargantua

  • April 30, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Ben Affleck IS Daredevil. He cannot be replaced...

    by Arafel

    ...AND EVERYONE ON THIS THREAD AND AICN KNOWS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • April 30, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    I would rather see this property revert to Marve, but...

    by fanboy71

    no matter who ends up making it, here are some ideas to make it better than the last one. STICK! No one can train themselves, and it was BS that Stick was left out of the first one. Most importantly: Daredevil is NOT Spider-Man. He can not jump across rooftops that are 60 feet apart, OR fall 30 stories and land on a scaffold without breaking both of his legs. He does not have super powers except his heightened senses and radar sense. He trains his ass off to become a skilled fighter and gymnast just like Batman. Kingpin is white! Daredevil does not kill. (unfortunately) Keep the costume. I liked it. And it makes sense. Keep it real and keep it dark. The playground scene from the first one makes me want to vomit. SO horrible. Stay away from crap like that.

  • April 30, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    fuck breathing room. fuck xmen first class and fuck fox

    by crazybubba

    I don't care if I'm in the minority on first class it sucked like everything else fox has done with comics. God I hate you Fox apologist. Just give the characters back to Marvel who seems to know what to do with them.

  • April 30, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    mysterious volvo --you are exactly right.

    by crazybubba

  • A ten year old kid could have knocked it off with a snowball.

  • April 30, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Guy Pearce would be a PERFECT Matt Murdock. I've always thought so.

    by The Krypton Kid

  • April 30, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Let Frank Miller do the reboot...

    by TheDudeAbides125

    in the style of Sin City.

  • April 30, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    And i have showed him that a man without hope is a man without fear

    by rakesh patel

    Born Again was fucking epic when it came out. As ground breaking as the dark knight. A villian finds out a a heroes identity? Impossible! it just didn't compute! This movie needs to be dark and grimy. I can remember Murdock in his puffer jacket wearing a shit eating grin whilst beating up thugs on the train. It's the only way it will work DARK AND GRIMY!!!

  • April 30, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    I don't see what was so terrible about the Affleck film

    by Mugato5150

    The character itself is kind of boring but that's not the movie's fault. Besides the playground scene, I don't know what sucked about it.

  • April 30, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    First DD Movie? Entertaining

    by SHADOWPRIME

    A home run? No. But as others have noted, had lots that worked - including some well choreographed fight sequences, and a villain (Bullseye) who was a credible threat to the hero, both of which are a rarity in superhero movies.

  • April 30, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Punisher!!

    by Brian

    It's absolutely critical The Punisher be worked into this reboot. He can't seem to carry his own franchise, but having a Daredevil story with Punisher in it will put asses in seats. Hope they can work Ray Stevenson back in. He's great.

  • April 30, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Crazybubba I'm with you.

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Don't get the love for first class. It was very fucking average. Especially after seeing Avengers. Just imagine what Marvel could do with the X Men.

  • April 30, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Reboot has the same problems as the first, nobody cares about Daredevil

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    And I loved the comic. As stated before, the first had a lot of stuff going for it... more than a lot of successful comic book movies, and nobody went. Reboot could have Cameron directing the cast of Twilight and stuggle for box office.

  • April 30, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    My ultimate Daredevil.

    by hallmitchell

    Kevin Smith and Frank Miller on script. Mel Gibson directing. Keifer Sutherland as Daredevil.

  • April 30, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Haven't the rights lapsed yet?

    by hallmitchell

    How long since Elektra?

  • April 30, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Ryan Gosling as Bullseye

    by hallmitchell

  • April 30, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Born Again?

    by Brian

    Can we have Will Sasso as Kingpin? Who will play Captain America's role? Can we get US Agent in there to take down Nuke? Maybe the new Daredevil can be played by Casey Affleck? These are not bad ideas.

  • April 30, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    oh its still under fox?

    by JAMF

    fuck it then.

  • April 30, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Another reboot?

    by MajorFrontbum

    But of course. The people green-lighting these projects are lowly evolved miscreatants, who have probably snorted more cocaine than Pacino's character in Scarface. Keep making your pathetic reboots, ass-tards. You amuse and entertain me with your fishbowl mentality.

  • Sorry if I offend anyone with that...but I just never could see the appeal in the Daredevil character. A blind guy who can....use his other senses really well. Oooh. Why call Spidey, the Avengers, or any other hero out there short of Aquaman (hell, even Aquaman can be useful) when you can get the cripple? ok, it's a bit unique. I'll give it that. But the whole concept is just...well...a bit droll. In my own humble opinion. You are very welcome to yours. Maybe you love it - and by all means you have the right to. This is just my personal issue with the whole thing. He's useless...and he's boring. Then again, a guy like Superman who has maybe a couple of weaknesses in all of the universe and is otherwise indestructible can be boring too, for other reasons. Suppose a middle ground has to be found. yes, the movie was...well...pretty bad...but I don't think it's entirely because of Affleck, or anyone involved.

  • I only wish that would happen with the Spider-Man franchise at this point. But that's a pipe-dream it'll never happen. Believe it or not I love what they did with X-Men First Class, and hopefully they'll build off of that.

  • April 30, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Joss Whedon should reboot Fantastic Four

    by Raptor Jesus

    I'm a genius.

  • April 30, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Here's something I wrote about the DD DC when it first came out:

    by Jaster Mareel

    I thought the fight scenes were MUCH better but the rest of the changes BLEW! It was BORING! Do we really give a crap about Coolio screwing up his court case? There's this whole sub plot about "who's the Kingpin" and WE ALREADY KNOW! It's redundant and a complete waste of celluloid. How about that bonzo-retardo scene where he goes right to the desk and reads the imprint? Yeah because that MUST have been put there the day of the murder and MUST have had something to do with the case! Just ridiculous! To top it off, HE TOOK OUT THE JENNIFER GARNER SEX SCENE! That is nigh unexcusable! He also excised the confessionals, DD saying "I'm not the bad guy" and the beginning is completely drained of energy. Let's face it, this film is overflowing with cheese, but at least the theatrical cut moved quickly. Example: Bullseye walks through an airport.........AND NOTHING HAPPENS! Ooooooh, RIVETING! Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, if this version was released in theaters, it would have BOMBED! No one wants to sit in a superhero movie for 2 hours watching Joe Pantoliano putz around in about 5 scenes asking all the same questions. Nobody wants a superhero film to stop dead cold to watch an obtuse court case evolve that only has the tiniest thread to the rest of the film and the characters. Were you guys REALLY crying out for an extra 20 minutes to justify why the police were coming after the Kingpin? COME ON! Doncha just love that pancake-syrup-thick fake tear on his cheek that somehow wormed its way from beneath his skin-tight mask? Yes, there were some things I liked such as showing Kingpin as his father's killer and especially the fleshed out fight scenes. But most of it felt like unneeded padding indicative of a rough cut. It was overindulgence and meandered around. I certainly didn't give a crap about Coolio. I cared about Matt and Electra. That relationship is much less significant now. Why is he crying? He BARELY KNOWS HER in this version! And lest we forget this was a flawed film to begin with and this longer cut does nothing to address that, except making Kingpin more of a threat. We still don't know why Mat begins as a prosecuting attorney but then switches over to a defense attorney. We still don't understand how Bullseye develops lightning fast reflexes in collecting all that glass, or even why he bothers to call himself Bullseye since he spends the bulk of the film MISSING! And the moving up of the fly scene in an attempt to make what was clearly a comedic scene into something haunting is just plain puzzling. I'm sorry but it's pretty hard to identify with a character when they were sprayed in the eyes by a barrel of toxic waste which was being freely wheeled around a dock after watching his father play Rocky Balboa! He should have kept everything the same but just added the extra fight footage. And that's not touching all the supreme awfulness already present and preserved from the theatrical cut.

  • 40%'s arbitrary, but you get the point. These two studios are never going to get the Marvel stuff as right as Marvel themselves does, and face it: it takes a hell of a lot of work and trouble for you to make any of these Marvel films happen. Save yourselves the trouble, cut a deal with Marvel/Disney, and then just sit back and rake in the cash as the profit potential only gets larger and larger as they connect franchises, build event films, do reboots, etc. Nothing you can do with these isolated properties can match what Disney could do with all of them collected in one place. You'll make just as much money before long, with no work at all. Marvel having so many toys in its toybox is going to make the Spider-Man, FF, etc. films start to feel really isolated. X-Men could build their own world, but if the last film was an indication, Fox doesn't care much for anything beyond a few core characters - that world ain't gonna get fleshed out as it did in print.

  • April 30, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Kevred unfortunately that makes far too much sense to ever happen.

    by Kill List Hammertime

  • April 30, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    All Marvel properties should go back to Marvel / Disney

    by bingolong

    nuff said

  • April 30, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Love Marvel comic book movies, but not Daredevil

    by Yamato

    Never liked ol'red and horny. Found him very very dull.

  • April 30, 2012, 4:46 p.m. CST

    For those of you who don't get Daredevil

    by waynefoolx

    Go read Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Meleev's (sp) run. It's available in affordably priced TPBs. You're welcome. Also: that run would be a great as an inspiration for a re-boot, if it wasn't so heavy on backstory and continuity.

  • April 30, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I liked Mark Stephen Johnson's Daredevil

    by ahdvd

    More than his ghost rider anyways. The Elektra spin-off, now that was bad.

  • April 30, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    DD would work better as an HBO series.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • April 30, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    @fivezero Daredevil/Punisher

    by impetus

    A Punisher/Daredevil setup is a great idea. Movie 1: Punisher and Daredevil come to blows while both targeting Kingpin, with emphasis on their ideological similarities and differences. DD defeats Punisher, stopping him from murdering (but not from seriously injuring) Kingpin, and leaves him for the cops. Frank Castle calls on Matt Murdoch for legal assistance. Matt accepts because Frank deserves legal representation. Frank loses his case and it gives him reason to be bitter at Matt, whom he has pieced together as DD's identity. He decides to punish DD next as he is being hauled off to prison. Movie 2: Punisher spends some time dodging attempts on his life and beating the asses of prisoners who are trying to kill him because Kingpin has put a price on his head. He eventually escapes, with help from Microchip. Daredevil and Punisher are both lured into a second bout seemingly by the other (turns out later Kingpin set it all up). Armed with a sonic cannon, Punisher easily defeats Daredevil and prepares to "punish" him, but while he's doing so Kingpin (who wants the pleasure of killing them both) gets the jump on him and puts him down. Somehow it ends with DD breaking his own rules and putting a bullet in Kingpin's brain, saving Punisher's life, and the two silently agree that their feud is over for now.

  • April 30, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    The ending...

    by impetus

    Daredevil drops the gun as he crumples into a heap. Punisher picks up the gun, seemingly to finish him off, but instead holsters it and hobbles away. Ends with both incapacitated for the time being: Punisher physically broken and Daredevil mentally destroyed.

  • April 30, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    The first 20 minutes of DD is actually really good,however..

    by ganymede3010

    It's the rest that comes after that permanently derailed this movie. And please cast James Gandolfini as the Kingpin.

  • April 30, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    kevred, study entertainment law, get a job at Fox and make this happen..

    by paul burnett

    ..it's on your shoulders now..!

  • April 30, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    The only real Daredevil: MATT DAMON!!!

    by Raymar

  • April 30, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    If Marvel gets the rights to FF, DD and Spiderman...

    by Nick

    They can do a Civil War big-screen trilogy that would END ALL COMIC BOOK MOVIES. Get Joss Whedon to direct and it's GOLD!

  • April 30, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I would say the first shot of DD was good

    by mr.underwater

    Dark and stormy night, big old church, big stone cross, then DD crawls out from behind. I thought - Yes! How iconic! This movie is going to fucking own Then I spent 2 hours learning how wrong first impressions can be...

  • April 30, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Michael C Hall isn't getting any younger

    by Cobb05

    He's perfect for DD.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    DD is one superhero movie I have no interest in.

    by happybunni

    The director's cut wasn't all that bad. But I think DD is just boring.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    I rather see a Black Widow/Hawkeye movie

    by happybunni

    I think that would be far more interesting

  • April 30, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    I must be in the minority... but...

    by Mordock57

    I loved Ben Affleck's take on the character. He had the dry wit, the charm when needed, the self-loathing when justified. He even played a believable blind guy when the writing allowed him to. Parts of that movie were quite excellent. The villains sucked and the completely got Elektra wrong both in character and casting... but that doesn't negate all the things they got right. Currently, Daredevil is THE best comic on the stands right now. No joke. If you haven't picked up Mark Waid's recent run (only 10 issues old thus far), then you're seriously missing out on how Daredevil is meant to be. If they infused the current feel of Daredevil into a movie, it would knock our socks off. The question is whether anyone can make it happen.

  • Hated, hated, hated it! I don't think the directors cut it a masterpiece but it's such a different experience for me from the theatrical cut. I actually like the directors cut. There's just a bunch of little things that make it work on levels that the Theatrical cut doesn't. It's still not amazing though. The intro with Daredevil as a kid goes on too long, and some of the goofier stuff like the teeter totter fight or whatever the hell that was are still there.

  • Both characters would lend themselves great to the serialized crime drama. Daredevil could be part courtroom drama, and part vigilante drama when someone escaped justice. Think Law and Order except the bad guys get a beating when they escape justice. The Punisher could be the same type of thing, but with very different results when the villian of the hour (or season) is caught up with. There could be the ongoing storyline of the Punisher task force trying to capture him, while one member secretly feeds Frank info. The Punisher doesn't even have to be the lead character. He could be like the shark in Jaws... he shows up and shit blows up. Like a force of nature. Stand alone stories of hunting down criminals who have escaped the law, while in the background you always have the ongoing story of the hunt for mob types and the task force closing in on him. Think The Shield meets Dexter (1st season) meets Justified with Ray Stevenson back as Frank, and this could be the most kick ass show on TV.

  • April 30, 2012, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Daredevil was fucking GENIUS

    by Scott

    Sorry...but it was a damned fine super-flick...in fact, I think I'll put it in right NOW and masturbate over its greatness... Don't understand the hate over DD an Benifer MK II...I thought they nailed about 90% of it and there are some pretty good moments in it...all you DD haters probably lay awake at night stroking to thoughts of the latest Transforms flick...Deep Penetration on the Dark Side of Your Anus...

  • April 30, 2012, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Black Widow/Hawkeye movie

    by Scott

    would be GREAT...but only if it's a Hard-R...and you gotta get Black Widow out of her skin-tight leathers...

  • Why else do you think they keep rebooting THAT character? Just to keep DC from using a name they paid Fawcett good money for.

  • April 30, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    @mrunderwater the opening shot told me I was in for a rough ride

    by Jaster Mareel

    Yes the shot of DD on top of the church in and of itself looked great, ut everything before and after it is shit. The film starts by tracing a CGI dripping blood trail all the way up the side of the church, equating about 20 gallons of blood. So 20 seconds into the film, I already have a furrowed brow. Next DD lowers himself with his baton thingee to drop down in front of the alter. He drops feet first, then lands completely horizontally a split second later. 40 seconds in and I'm rolling my eyes. DD is BARELY fucking alive at this point. He can barely keep his eyes open, bloods all over the place, not to mention the 20 gallons dripping down the church. Kinda makes you wonder why he sat up there for the 45 minutes it would have taken the blood to travel that far. Then he jumps up and whomps ass for maybe 90 minutes of =movie time= (after the flashback catches up) without even stopping by the fucking emergency room. It's all such corny fucking horseshit.

  • April 30, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    If Hamm is an older Wayne....

    by maxjohnson1971

    Then Christina Hendricks gets my vote for Catwoman!! Yum yum!!

  • April 30, 2012, 11:27 p.m. CST

    And I don't get all the hate for Daredevil

    by maxjohnson1971

    It wasn't great, but it wasn't awful either. I don't know why they introduced Elektra in the first movie. They should have just focused on Daredevil and worried about her in a later movie. And Garner, as cute as she is, was the wrong choice. That chick in the George Michael video for "Father Figure" would have been the PERFECT Elektra!!

  • Hollywood is gonna die churning out the same thing continually. They need new original properties or they are gonna die with their jead up their ass.

  • May 1, 2012, 3:21 a.m. CST

    To reinvent DD it needs to be like Jason Bourne

    by chien_sale

    Like a human weapon and more realistic. Let him fight in the streets and not throw all this CGI action in there.

  • May 1, 2012, 7:02 a.m. CST

    by TheFifthCylon

    "it's been nine years since Affleck's version, which seems like enough elapsed time for the rotten taste to have diminished" YEAH....except for the fact that Affleck's version was quite good, was a box office success (so much so that a sequel and an Elektra spinoff were given the greenlight and the sequel only fell apart due to the lackluster performance of 'Elektra' and the fact that Affleck decided that *HE* didn't want to do Daredevil 2), got favorable critical reviews (Roger Ebert called it the best superhero movie ever made in 2003), and fans embraced the film. Then Affleck started dating JLo, Affleck-Backlash set in and suddenly a weird revisionist history formed where everyone pretended that they hated the movie. We'll be lucky if the new one is as good as the '03 film, even though now everyone wants to pretend they hate that film and that they always hated that film.

  • "it's been nine years since Affleck's version, which seems like enough elapsed time for the rotten taste to have diminished" YEAH....except for the fact that Affleck's version was quite good, was a box office success (so much so that a sequel and an Elektra spinoff were given the greenlight and the sequel only fell apart due to the lackluster performance of 'Elektra' and the fact that Affleck decided that *HE* didn't want to do Daredevil 2), got favorable critical reviews (Roger Ebert called it the best superhero movie ever made in 2003), and fans embraced the film. Then Affleck started dating JLo, Affleck-Backlash set in and suddenly a weird revisionist history formed where everyone pretended that they hated the movie. We'll be lucky if the new one is as good as the '03 film, even though now everyone wants to pretend they hate that film and that they always hated that film.

  • May 1, 2012, 7:05 a.m. CST

    @mordock57

    by TheFifthCylon

    You are not in the minority. In 2003 everyone was praising Daredevil until the Affleck/JLo backlash started around the time of Gigli. Then a revisionist history set in and people started pretending that they always hated Daredevil. You're only in the minority in that you don't deny that you liked it.

  • May 1, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    dogmatic, agreed. Daredevil was great. The costume was great

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    it was a good story. Joey Pants was great. The only thing I disliked was Colin Farrell's look, and Elektra sporting black instead of red. I've seen both cuts, but it's been so long I'm trying to remember which I liked better. It doesn't matter. Both were good.

  • If it had been as engaging for the duration of the film, it would've succeeded as a film. It did not.

  • May 1, 2012, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Marvel Rights...

    by Lacobus

    Why would Marvel fight for X-Men off Fox and Spiderman off Sony? Both those Universes work well when separate from the greater Marvel continuity. DD too. What Marvel need to do is get FF back. They're the beating pulsing heart of the Marvel universe, and I'd love to see an FF movie not aimed for the school holidays crowd. Never gonna get 2 1/2 hours of R-Rated Thing self loathing and Mr F/Susan hardcore bang scene, but something less aimed JUST at 12 year olds would be spiffing.

  • MOST people hated that movie. I remember watching it in the theater with my girlfriend at the time. She kept sighing and giggling everytime something stupid came on screen, which was every 90 seconds or so. It was pretty embarrassing because she thought it looked dumb and I convinced her it was going to be great. Oh, by the way, 45% on the tomatometer: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/daredevil/ Just because YOU liked it, doesn't mean everyone else did.

  • May 1, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    And this idea that it was a financial success? Ummm.....no

    by Jaster Mareel

    It made a fucking $100M. It cost $78M. It probably cost $50M to market and make all the prints. Now remember that studios only recoup 55% of ticket sales and do the fucking math! No, it was a fucking bomb! However, Fox polling showed that people liked Elektra, so they made an Elektra film hoping that if it did well it could revitalize the Dardevil franchise. They even had a Daredevil cameo in the original cut, but people fucking hated Daredevil so much they cut it out. And then when asked about a sequel, Ben said there was no fucking way he would do a sequel, not because he didn't love the character, but because he was fucking EMBARRASSED by the film and didn't want to be associated with it anymore.

  • May 4, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    I know I'm in the minority, but...

    by Triple_J_72

    ... I thought Jennifer Garner was FAP-TASTIC as Elektra. :-)

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