When it rains, it pours, as the saying goes. With little on the immediate horizon besides waiting for C2E2 and next week’s issue of Daredevil: Reborn #3 (see the preview here), we get a long string of big news including a Daredevil #1 teaser followed by a prematurely leaked announcement of the new creative team (courtesy of Bleeding Cool, not very cool of them, but it’s out there), and news of the coming Daredevil movie which now has a director attached in the form of David Slade.

I’ll refer anyone who wants to discuss the new creative team to my previous post, and will follow up with a longer post once the news is officially announced since there will probably be more info to go with it. For now, let’s look at what’s new on the movie front.

Photo of David Slade

As has been pointed out by others, it’s easy to misread David Slade as David Spade and thus confuse the director assigned with the task of bringing Matt Murdock back to the big screen with the comedian who gave us Joe Dirt. While a David Spade Daredevil movie sounds fun in its own offbeat way, I suppose we should be relieved that’s not the case. Having said that, I have no problem admitting that I’d never heard of David Slade, whose biggest claims to fame are the vampire horror flick 30 Days of Nights and Eclipse, the third movie in the Twilight trilogy. I haven’t seen either of those movies and am not sure what indication they would give of how he might bring a Daredevil movie to light.

News so far seems to indicate that the movie will deal with the classic Born Again storyline, but it also seems that the old movie won’t be completely wiped from public consciousness. According to Variety:

“Fox has been looking to redevelop the character since, but people close to the project say it’s not a reboot per se — more a continuation of the “Daredevil” saga. Studio has yet to hire a scribe, but writer would work closely with Slade.”

I’m not quite sure what to make of this. Optimistically, we’re looking at a movie coming out about ten years after the original, starring a completely different crew. While we may not need a new retelling of the origin, it would probably be wise of Fox to assume (or even hope) that people will come to this movie without having seen the 2003 installment. I’m also surprised that they’re saying Fox have yet to hire a writer. About a year ago, it was announced that The Day the Earth Stood Still screenwriter David Scarpa had been hired to write the script, but it would seem he’s no longer attached to the project.

Photo of Robert Pattinson

On top of this, there’s already rumors of actors who might be in contention to play the role of Matt Murdock. Personally, I don’t give much credence to these rumors given how early it is to start signing actors when they haven’t even finished the script. The names mentioned so far are Robert Pattinson (Twilight) and Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy). Words cannot convey how badly I want these early rumors not to be true. Daredevil needs to look like a grown up and be able to pass for serious lawyer, not primarily appeal to the teenage girl crowd. While both of these actors are between the ages of 25 and 30, I’d prefer someone with a very different kind of look.

So, what do you think?

For more info, see sites like ScreenRant, Reelz Channel, MTV’s Splash Page, and Variety. I also invite you to take a look at an earlier post of mine on the subject of Matt Murdock’s return to the big screen: “The new Daredevil movie – Dos and Don’ts”.

Note: The featured/thumbnail image for this post (visible on main and archive pages) is from Daredevil #16, volume 2 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack. Even though Matt looks a little off and Ben Urich looks like a young Jeff Goldblum, I thought it might be more fun than running an Affleck pic. 😉

Christine Hanefalk

Christine Hanefalk

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Christine is a die-hard Daredevil fan who launched The Other Murdock Papers in 2007 to share her passion for Matt Murdock and his friends with other fans.

5 comments

  1. I think we can safely rule out the Pattinson and Hedlund rumors. (Hilarious picture you chose for the former, btw!) While I don’t know all that much about Slade, I do know he’s not overly fond of Twilight (despite directing the third movie) and I’d hope he’d have more respect for the property than to cast so young.

    I’ve always had trouble picturing any modern actor as Matt, but if I squint my eyes and completely distance him from Dexter, I can sort of see Michael C. Hall sporting the intelligence and intensity necessary to sell a proper Matt.

  2. I am just happy at this point that DD is coming back to the big screen. I’ll worry about how it turns out later. It’s too early to say what kind of direction this will take, other than word being (and good idea) that Slade wants to base this on Born Again. I like Slade and thought 30 Days of Night was quite good, so I’m absolutely fine with him as director, but please get someone who looks like Matt (reddish hair and all) to play him.

    If the cast is good, and they get a good screenwriter(s) this could (should) be awesome. We’ll just have to wait and see obviously.

  3. I am quite happy to see Slade as the guy to helm a DD flick. 30 days of night was and is the best vampire movie ever made…it was dark, and spooky…none of this sexy, sensitive vampire crap that seems to be so popular right now. I think he will bring that dark tone to DD and make one solid superhero movie.

  4. “Daredevil” (The Director’s Cut) was a fine movie and I hope they are good on their word for it to be a continuation, if for no other reason than, I really don’t want to have to sit through another origin story. Unless its a quick one during the credits ala The Incredible Hulk.

    All that said, this news doesn’t get me excited one way or another. This guy may direct a new Daredevil movie, he may not. Its a long way from being named director to getting a movie made at 20th Centuray Fox. Just ask Bryan Singer or Darren Aronofsky. For those of you who haven’t heard, Aronofsky is no longer making “The Wolverine”. Personal issues were cited, but I’d bet my entire collection of over 15 years worth of comics it was a dispute with the studio over creative control.

    Thats the way 20th Century is. Tom Rothman, the CEO, is the living enemy of good films. He made Johnson cut DD down to what we got in theaters, made RIDLEY SCOTT cut down his epic Kingdom of Heaven, screwed over Bryan Singer and gave us X3 and Wolverine Origins. He is also on record as saying he thinks “Fight Club” is one of the worst films ever and if he had been in charge in 1998 he would not have let it be made.

    This is one of those hope for the best, but expect the worst scenarios. Slade may make a good DD film, but looking at Twilght on his resume makes me think he’s a nice safe yes-man who will make the movie Rothman wants first and a good movie 3rd or 4th.

  5. He’s maybe a little old now but I’ll toss my hat in the ring with Brit actor Damien Lewis. Michael C Hall’s not a bad shout, Equustel, though perhaps he’s a little too wry to truly catch Matt’s inner angst.

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