Oh let’s face it, you’re not surprised this is actually happening. Not after Marvel rebooted “Hulk” a scant five years after the Ang Lee version. Well Fox has now made it official that they’re rebooting the “Daredevil” franchise (does one semi-successful movie and a flatline spin-off movie count as a franchise?) by announcing the hiring of a writer to pen a script. David Scarpa, who recently wrote the script for “The Day the Earth Stood Still” remake and before that, the prison actioner “The Last Castle”, has been tapped to deliver a new take on the blind lawyer by day/crimefighter by night hero known as Daredevil for the studio.
The 2003 original, written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson (he would go on to do “Ghost Rider”), starred Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer whose alter ego was the costumed vigilante known as Daredevil. Blinded as a boy by toxic waste, Murdock’s sight was replaced with a “radar”-like ability that allows him to actually “see” better than before. In the original, Murdock fought the Kingpin and Bullseye, two of his arch enemies, while spinning off an “Elektra” movie starring Jennifer Garner.
Now I’m not going to tell you that “Daredevil” was a great comic book movie, but I’m comfortable in saying that I thought it was pretty good. Sure, Johnson really dropped the ball in how he handled the Kingpin (and I’m not even referring to the fact that Kingpin got a race change), more the fact that the character was barely a shade of what he should have been, and Michael Clarke Duncan was just so terribly miscast in the role. Still, Jennifer Garner as Elektra was stimulating (and apparently it was stimulating for both Garner and Affleck too, ahem) and a truly nutty Colin Farrel as Bullseye really livened the film up. And I loved the gritty nature of the character, something rarely seen in superhero movies.
Although it didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, “Daredevil” still did pretty decent business. Made for around $80 million, the film turned in $179 million worldwide, most of that coming from domestic box office, and has been the subject of reboot rumors since 2008, the same time Marvel was gearing up its “Hulk” reboot.