Now That Marvel Has Daredevil Back, What Should They Do with Him?
It was recently announced that Fox was returning the film rights to the character of Daredevil back to Marvel, thus ending any continuation of the film series that started off badly with the Ben Affleck-helmed 2003 film and only got worse with Elektra. The move puts the final nail in the coffin for the rumored Joe Carnahan (A-Team)-directed attempt at a reboot, which is just as well since Carnahan is also allegedly attached to a film adaptation of Gath Ennis's Preacher, something much more his style.
So now Marvel has back both one of its best and most difficult properties, and there is little to no chance that they're going to let it go to waste. With Spider-Man still in the hands of Sony Pictures and the Fantastic Four set to reboot with Fox, Daredevil is Marvel Studio's best bet to really explore crimefighting on the streets of New York City, something that is conspicuously absent in the six films the studio has so far released since it's so instrumental a part of the Marvel comic mythos.
The question is, "What on Earth do you do with Daredevil in film?"
The basic original story has already been tried and failed, and with each new entry from Marvel Studios, doing origins seems more and more drawn out and pointless. We don't need to see half a movie of superheroes not being super. We need to see more of things like Hulk smashing Loki or Thor trying to get into Natalie Portman's pants. You know, stuff we can fantasize about. No one fantasizes about being normal.
Here's the best of DD in the comics that we hope Marvel will draw on for the next time we see the Man Without Fear on the screen.
4. The Current Mark Waid Series
I've covered the new series a couple of times in the monthly comic round-up, and it's one of those books that it took me awhile to realize is one of the best things in comics going on right now. The thing that makes it brilliant is the fact that Matt Murdoch, disbarred genius attorney now secretly working cases no one else will take, is Daredevil is an open tabloid secret.
Whenever he shows up in costume, everyone just kind of politely pretends not to notice so that he can still technically operate outside the law and get things done. Which is exactly what you'd want in a vigilante. This aspect of the storyline would allow the movie to play out like an action mystery as Murdoch proceeds like a John Grisham character with superpowers. Picture A Few Good Men with backflips and roundhouse kicks and you'd see where I'm going.