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David Slade shares the details on his Daredevil reboot that never happened

Apr. 9, 2013by:
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It is a shame that we haven't gotten a quality DAREDEVIL on the big screen. From the looks of the sizzle reel he put together, Joe Carnahan's vision was going to be something dark and adult compared to the PG-13 version we got courtesy of Ben Affleck and director Mark Johnson. But, before Carnahan was involved, Fox was working with director David Slade to bring the Man Without Fear to theaters. Now that Marvel and Disney are back in control of the rights to DAREDEVIL, Slade is sharing what his project would have looked like.

In an interview with Film School Rejects regarding his work directing the NBC series HANNIBAL, Slade opened up about what happened with DAREDEVIL:

Its in the 70s, Kingpin is going through New York dealing with the Irish mafia, and theres Daredevil in the yellow suit. It was all there! You know, its a big studio film and its tougherthere are certain people who are really good at that, and I hope to be really good at that. I will continue to try my best.

Similar in tone to what Carnahan shared about his plan for the movie, Slade's biggest difference is the use of the yellow suit. The red suit is what a lot of fans associate with the Daredevil character, but the yellow outfit would have served a nice way to separate from the failed 2003 movie. Slade has moved on and away from the project but also shared this:

[I saw it as] really complex and exciting. It was complicated [Laughs], and in the most unimaginable Fox way possible. I was really, really excited about it . . . Its funny, I remember Joe Carnahan went after it hard when the rights were about to go. He cut together that thing that was great and exciting, but it was kind of sad, in a way, because everything in that trailer we had attempted to do [Laughs]. Every single thing.

Daredevil is by far one of the darkest Marvel characters aside from The Punisher and would have worked well in an R-rated, gritty world. Now that Disney has the character, I highly doubt we will get that take on the blind hero. Here's hoping that whatever ends up happening that it does justice to the comic book.

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3:09PM on 04/09/2013
Joe Carnahan's reel was great and would have been the right direction to take a Daredevil film. It's too bad that he didn't get a chance to direct. But I'm excited that the rights are back in Marvel's hands.

How about Ben Affleck directing the reboot to Daredevil?
Joe Carnahan's reel was great and would have been the right direction to take a Daredevil film. It's too bad that he didn't get a chance to direct. But I'm excited that the rights are back in Marvel's hands.

How about Ben Affleck directing the reboot to Daredevil?
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3:56PM on 04/09/2013

i had 2 problems with Daredevil

1. Elektra - you can have a love interest, but forcing her to pick up the mantel so soon and they wasting it was a big misstep.
2. Kingpin - he has to be the Lex Luthor of the Marvel world. He is too smart and powerful to be captured. Michael Clark Duncan was a perfect Kingpin, but again the script wasted his talents and jumped the gun with the character.

Other than that i thought the movie was pretty good. The back story, Bullseye, and tone. I even didnt hate Ben Affleck as Daredevil.
1. Elektra - you can have a love interest, but forcing her to pick up the mantel so soon and they wasting it was a big misstep.
2. Kingpin - he has to be the Lex Luthor of the Marvel world. He is too smart and powerful to be captured. Michael Clark Duncan was a perfect Kingpin, but again the script wasted his talents and jumped the gun with the character.

Other than that i thought the movie was pretty good. The back story, Bullseye, and tone. I even didnt hate Ben Affleck as Daredevil. Could someone better have done it, probably, but that doesnt mean Affleck was bad. The director's cut has more of out of costume daredevil character development and is a much better movie.

Still, i wouldve loved to see Daredevil on the big screen. I know the character is much more hard core in the comics, but i thought the tone in the first movie was a good compromise for getting it to a larger market. Maybe they couldve improved upon it in this post-Nolan age of superhero movies
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3:58PM on 04/09/2013

I have also thought, ironic as it would be, that Affleck would be a pretty awesome fit to direct a Daredevil Reboot

I really think that, aside from Elektra, Daredevil was the weakest of the new generation of Marvel superhero films (Okay maybe Ghost Rider 2 beats it out too). Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, and Ang Lee's Hulk were all seriously flawed films but when I go back and rewatch them there are little shining bits that I'd forgotten about and for the most part I'm left feeling "Yeah, they're bad, but maybe not QUITE as bad as I remembered." There is no such saving grace when it comes to Daredevil. I
I really think that, aside from Elektra, Daredevil was the weakest of the new generation of Marvel superhero films (Okay maybe Ghost Rider 2 beats it out too). Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, and Ang Lee's Hulk were all seriously flawed films but when I go back and rewatch them there are little shining bits that I'd forgotten about and for the most part I'm left feeling "Yeah, they're bad, but maybe not QUITE as bad as I remembered." There is no such saving grace when it comes to Daredevil. I think they really missed the mark on that one. And yes, I've seen the director's cut and for the life of me I don't understand why people think that version is much better, it still has all of the same issues that hurt the theatrical version of the film.

That being said, I was excited to an extent to see Carnahan's version, but I was even more excited to see Slade's. Carnhan can do shallow, fun, actiony stuff but Hard Candy was just a very accomplished film that showed a lot of potential that I don't feel Slade has had the opportunity to fully live up to yet.
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6:37PM on 04/09/2013
Kind of sad how Carnahan's reel is better than the majority of trailers out there and it didn't get made. Slade's words give hope though, let's hope he gives us what Carnahan tried to give us.
Kind of sad how Carnahan's reel is better than the majority of trailers out there and it didn't get made. Slade's words give hope though, let's hope he gives us what Carnahan tried to give us.
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9:36PM on 04/09/2013
It's a pity this fell through. Has anyone asked writer Brad Caleb Kane about it all?
It's a pity this fell through. Has anyone asked writer Brad Caleb Kane about it all?
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9:50PM on 04/09/2013
It's sad that Daredevil's Director's Cut was never released theatrically. It could turn out to be a hit.
It's sad that Daredevil's Director's Cut was never released theatrically. It could turn out to be a hit.
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