Fox Considering Relaunching 'Daredevil' with Aim of Being Watchable

October 3, 2008

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One of the lessons we've learned through the comic book movie boom of the last decade is that, when adapting a superhero franchise for the screen, the writer of Grumpier Old Men, Simon Birch, and Jack Frost should not be trusted, because that's how we get Daredevil, and Daredevil was punishment. (We actually didn't learn that lesson, because the same guy made Ghost Rider a few years later.) But another lesson we've learned is that, like in love, or with the Hulk, sometimes we get second chances. Love/Hulk can overcome!

Anyway, what I'm getting at is that Fox co-chair Tom Rothman just revealed the studio is seriously considering trying to relaunch the Daredevil franchise, presenting it this time in a way that would not be awful. From IESB:

Tom Rothman: A Daredevil, to use your words, reboot, is something we are thinking very seriously about.

IESB: Would you do Daredevil as dark as The Dark Knight?

TR: Would it be as dark? I don't know because what it really needs is, it needs a visionary at the level that Chris Nolan was. It needs someone, it needs a director, honestly, who has a genuine vision. What we wouldn't do is just do it for the sake of doing it. Right? What we try to do is to get a creative engine for it, that really had a great vision for it, that's what we would look for.

Well, at least Fox isn't under the impression that "darkness" somehow equals quality, because, looking back at Daredevil now, I bet director Mark Steven Johnson already thinks he delivered the same kind of dark, gritty film as Dark Knight. You know when he saw that the Joker had a scarred, carved-in smile, he must have been like, "Yeah, like I didn't do that with Bullseye's forehead--five years ago! BULLLLLLSHIIIIIIIIIIT."

So yeah, Tom Rothman, get someone with a vision to make a new Daredevil movie, but do not let that person be Mark Steven Johnson again.

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