It’s no secret that Daredevil is a hot property for comic book fans. The story of blind lawyer Matt Murdock moonlighting as a vigilante has made him one of the most endearing, respectable, sensational, and psychologically interesting comic book characters in the medium’s history. So, after spending years as a 20th Century Fox property, the Man Without Fear officially became part of the Marvel Studios conglomerate as of October 10th, 2012.
While many fans rejoice, there are some who are taken aback by the switch. Marvel recently offered up the Daredevil rights for Fox’s Fantastic Four one, hoping, probably, to insert the first superhero family into their cinematic universe. As part of the deal, Marvel Studios also tried to attach Joe Carnahan to the project, in hopes to speed up production over at Fox. Carnahan took the role to heart and produced this wildly entertaining sizzle reel. Marvel Studios has not made any public announcements about what they plan on doing with the Daredevil character, if anything at all.
Before him, 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy director David Slade was attached to the Fox property, even claiming the Daredevil script was “amazing.” But, alas, Slade fell through as he got more and more pressing work and the project seemed dead in the water, once again, after going through two to three more screenwriters.
So, where does that leave us, now? Daredevil is a hot commodity at a studio bent on continually expanding their cinematic universe. But as many fans have stated, it would be difficult for Daredevil to fit into this Avengers universe (despite becoming one recently in the comic world). So, what should Marvel do? Take the property on its own two legs and work it within the confines of its own trilogy or universe? Use Daredevil as a character to open up to another, different, more realistic and gritty universe featuring the likes of The Punisher and Moon Knight? Here are some ideas for what Marvel Studios can do, who they can cast, and some good starting points for the Daredevil cinematic universe…
This article was first posted on October 11, 2012