Although 2003’s Daredevil is generally regarded as something of a bursting point for the comic-book movie bubble, one that—along with other mid-‘00s films like Catwoman, Fantastic Four, and its spinoff Elektra—set up Batman Begins to be seen as something of a renaissance, the movie actually made a decent amount of money and the character still has an avowed following who thinks that someone could do it right if they tried. So not surprisingly, 20th Century Fox is now looking to press another Daredevil McNugget with director David Slade (30 Days Of Night, Twilight: Eclipse) at the helm, perhaps as something of a consolation prize for losing out to Darren Aronofsky on The Wolverine
Although labeled a ”continuation” of the original, the new Daredevil will ostensibly have nothing to do with the first film: Ben Affleck most assuredly is not returning to the role of the blind superhero, having stated in 2006 that “wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me and something I wouldn't want to do again soon,” and that was before he became a hotshot director who doesn’t need this crap. In 2008, however, Jason Statham publicly campaigned for the role—to Frank Miller’s endorsement—and you can probably guess that Statham’s interest had a lot to do with the efforts to revive the franchise. We wouldn’t be surprised to hear his name attached to it soon. So yeah, despite being a “continuation,” there’s not really much of a common thread here—though maybe this incarnation will make up for his getting cut from the theatrical version by bringing back Coolio?
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