The hot question going around this week in the superhero film talk is will Daredevil come back to Marvel Studios? That may happen very soon with time running out for Fox to put a new DD film into production. Word traveling around the campfire is that the movie rights to Daredevil will revert back to Marvel by the end of this week, which would make fanboys ecstatic to imagine him in the fold for the next batch of Marvel films.
Joe Carnahan director of The Grey and The A-Team was the latest to give it the old college try for Fox, going for a funky, gritty period piece set in the 70’s based on Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli’s Born Again story. Now that’s not to say that Carnahan wouldn’t have an opportunity to make this film should the rights revert back to Marvel, but as we’ve seen with phase I of Marvel Studios films, there’s a certain tone and universe feel to Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. It would be a mismatch for what Marvel has been building. As a reminder, here’s what Marvel has in store for phase II
Iron Man 3 (5/3/13)
Thor 2: The Dark World (11/8/13)
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (4/4/14)
Guardians of the Galaxy (8/1/14)
See the trailer below to see what Carnahan had in mind.
All of this is presumably culminating to an Avengers 2 film that would be targeted for 2015. Now Daredevil was recently brought into the Avengers comics by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Finch in 2007-2008, after The Avengers: Disassembled storyline, when Marvel began publishing two monthly Avengers titles, Avengers and New Avengers, eventually building towards the Civil War storyline. Wolverine and Spider-Man were also part of the Avengers.
So there is some ground work to build on should they want to establish Matt Murdock as part of the Avengers, but it would be difficult envisioning Daredevil being part of the crew that bridges that cosmic gap that will at some point takes on Thanos in Phase II, just as difficult as it would be to see Black Widow or Hawkeye in there too. I’d rather see Marvel Studios push hard or ensure that Fantastic Four, Galactus, and Silver Surfer return to the studio. To me, that’s the money franchise that opens up the universe to all of these cosmic realms. But Marvel still has to deal with Fox with that.
Daredevil in the truest sense, should be dark, gritty, dirty and violent as Carnahan’s video suggests but I don’t see Disney/Marvel Studios getting behind a take so drastically different in tone or scope than their other films. Miller and Mazzuchelli made that as low down and dirty as they could at that time. It would be a fantastic launching point for a film. Now they could have a stand-alone film series and keep it separate. Blade was also retained recently too and the vampire hunter was more likely to encounter Daredevil than the larger-than-life Avengers. We could talk now until December about how cool a Daredevil reboot, or re-imagining would be with the current creative team at Marvel Studios.
How I’d like to see it work is through, is as a television show that is able to stay within it’s own universe, based in the real world of New York, and Matt Murdock’s entire rogue gallery could be done in the practical world as opposed to say, Guillermo del Toro’s The Incredible Hulk TV Show, which sounds like a budget nightmare. Here’s a list of his biggest villains: the Owl, Mister Fear, Stilt-Man, Gladiator, the Jester, Man-Bull, Death-Stalker, Mr. Hyde and Cobra, The Purple Man, Bullseye, Typhoid Mary and of course, Kingpin. The Punisher could live in this world, so could The Night Nurse. Most if not all could work in a live-action world.
You could play up an entire episode or arc in the law offices and feature Foggy Nelson or have some great dramatic moments between Murdock and his long list of women, and never have to feature Matt in costume as often. One season could be the entire Elektra Saga. That’s the great thing about Daredevil, is that there are so many elements to him where he doesn’t need the costume as much as other vigilantes like Spider-Man or Batman do. Daredevil in the comics always worked best when he was on his own, starring in his world alone. He’s essentially a blind Batman who’s more acrobatic and has a bigger devotion to his job as a lawyer in Hell’s Kitchen.
He’s a character that doesn’t require much suspension of disbelief outside of navigating around that costume, which is brilliant on a comic book page–it’s a different story as a real life costume, but honestly I never thought we’d be talking about a Walking Dead television show five years ago. “Make it work,” as Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn would say. The budget wouldn’t have to be such a barrier like other super-hero shows and a serial television show develops characters and relationships much better than a 100-minute film.
So what we want to ask is, could you envision Daredevil better in Marvel Studios’ Phase II Film or as a TV Show on ABC? Look, if they’re making a film on Ant-Man, you can bet that a Daredevil film will high on the priority list in some form. And let’s not forget that there’s that mysterious Joss Whedon show that will launch on ABC between now and Avengers 2. Share your thoughts below and vote to let us know what you’d like to see, true believers!