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Daredevil Is Officially Back At Marvel
Fox loses The Man Without Fear

24 April 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

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We more-or-less already knew this, since as much was strongly indicated late last year, but Marvel's Kevin Feige, out on the Iron Man 3 circuit, has officially confirmed that Fox's rights to Hell's Kitchen hero Daredevil have now lapsed, and that The Man Without Fear is now comfortably back in the Marvel/Disney fold. 

That's the extent of the news: there's no film yet, but it's an important step along the road to getting Matt Murdock back on screen, and it's hard to imagine that conversations aren't happening behind closed doors at Marvel headquarters.

Daredevil has had a rough ride in Hollywood since the 2003 film with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. David Scarpa (The Day The Earth Stood Still) wrote a screenplay for a DD reboot in early 2010, and David Slade came aboard to develop and direct the project in the spring of 2011. Brad Caleb Kane (Brooklyn's Finest) and David James Kelly took subsequent shots at the script, before Slade walked in mid-2012.

There was then briefly talk of The Grey's Joe Carnahan taking over the reigns (see his excellent "sizzle reel" trailer pitch below), but the short timeframe needed to get the film mounted before Fox's rights lapsed turned out to be impractical.

Lapse they definitely have then, although it's probably fair to say that Fox are not especially devastated, since they still have the X-Men and the Fantastic Four (on its own reboot path with Josh Trank). The question now is, what will Marvel do? Will they give DD his own movie, or fold him into other films first? And what of the tone? Slade's take was reportedly going to be based on Frank Miller's classic Born Again comics series, but Miller's gritty noir - which Carnahan was also down with - would seem to be an uncomfortable fit for Marvel's current vibe. Mark Waid's recent comics have been a bit more cheerful than Daredevil's been used to in the last few years. Is that the way forward?

All speculation: nothing to see here yet. But we'll be keeping a close eye on developments...

Who should play Matt Murdock?
Ryan Gosling
Michael Fassbender
Chris Evans (for a Marvel superhero hat trick)
Give Ben Affleck another chance...
Matt Damon
Tom Hiddleston (just to really confuse things)
Al Pacino
Casey Affleck
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Your Comments

Don't care who plays him
A great plot to show would be the story when he becomes one of the Hand's leaders. A really dark and convoluted tale that one. More

Posted by danielthompson99 at 10:27 on 29 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Bring back Affleck.
This is great news, at the moment i feel the mark waid Daredevil is one of the best books or there and will be remembered as a classic and will hopefully spark an interest to rebooting a new film, tonally i think it should co exist within the avengers universe, but have him a street level hero, it shouldn't be too dark and gritty because it wouldn't work unless they wentfull out with a fifteen rating, Daredevil is a rich character with a lot of possibilities More

Posted by sangypange at 07:16 on 27 April 2013 | Report This Post

Bring back Affleck.
The Director's Cut of Daredevil's actually tonally pretty close to what the Avengers universe it trying to accomplish. My prefered option would be for the directors cut of the original film to be retrospectively co-opted into the Avengers universe along with the Elektra spin-off and have Affleck in some version of a sequel. But then, my prefered option is for all the studios to end this bizarre walled garden approach the verse and cross pollinate everything, or at the very least acknowledge More

Posted by feelinglistless at 19:19 on 26 April 2013 | Report This Post

For Gods sake Mravel,give it to Joe! Forget the street grit of NARC,the ridiculous action of A-TEAM,the survival of spirit of THE GREY,based on that pastiche trailer,GIVE IT TO MR. CARNAHAN,I double-double-dare you! More

Posted by Snake 4Skin at 19:20 on 24 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: This may be a stretch, but perhaps Alex Pettyfer?
I like the idea of Gosling as Daredevil but also think Chris Pine would do a grand job as the man without fear!! also think Damien Lewis would've been so good in Joe Carnahan's take on Daredevil and am quite frankly absolutely gutted that I wont get to see it come to fruition! (Carnahans version of the film that is - not Damien Lewis as DD) I do however quite like the fact that Marvel have gotten Daredevil back (they should get them all back IMO), but on the flipside I also think a Daredev More

Posted by Artoo at 15:52 on 24 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: This may be a stretch, but perhaps Alex Pettyfer?
Ryan Gosling for Daredevil. Come on Marvel, make him an offer! More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 15:21 on 24 April 2013 | Report This Post

This may be a stretch, but perhaps Alex Pettyfer?
Yes, he's young, not that great of an actor, and a total pretty boy, but that was the same story for Evans as Captain (though Evans is older now, but many thought he'd act too young). Pettyfer could possibly bring something interesting to this kind of story, especially because it incorporates the "handicap" of being blind. But, please, no Goslin.. More

Posted by MikeAnhony at 14:42 on 24 April 2013 | Report This Post

Give it to
The bloke who plays 'Arrow' in the TV series..... More

Posted by Trubie at 13:59 on 24 April 2013 | Report This Post

Depends how old Murdock will be in the movie...
... Personally, I'd sew him into phase 3 by having him young and introducing him through the S.H.I.E.L.D show. He'd be a couple of years out of Law School and struggling to help the people of Hell's Kitchen. I'd cast Aaron Paul any day because he's awesome ... and because his crank's 96% pure ... bitch. More

Posted by Nicky C at 13:58 on 24 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Casting Fassbender.
REDMAYNE!!!sly I know he's a Ginger & all but no way should he be Matt Murdock. It's all gonna come down to what stage of life they want to start him at I mean when he was trained by Stick which would require a younger actor or when he was going 1 on 1 vs the Kingpin in which case someone older. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:49 on 24 April 2013 | Report This Post

Casting Fassbender.
Casting Fassbender, would be ok, but as he already plays Magneto in the MarvelVerse may be slightly confusing. I'm thinking Eddie Redmayne would be perfect, More

Posted by Myles Mac at 13:34 on 24 April 2013 | Report This Post

Sweet. Marvel could do with a Batman.
They could easily throw a Daredevil film into phase 3, with him as a street level hero in NY rather than the world-saving type like The Avengers. Not so far-fetched to have Matt Murdock go from blind-lawyer harassed by criminals to with tragic Batman-style past, to being inspired by The Avengers to suit up and fight badguys. He could also fulfill the Spider-Man role for Avengers 3 / Civil War... More

Posted by veedlemonster at 10:16 on 24 April 2013 | Report This Post

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