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Interesting details regarding Joe Carnahan's failed Daredevil trilogy

May. 7, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Joe Carnahan was once heavily invested in bringing a gritty, dark reboot of DAREDEVIL to the big screen. He even created some awesome sizzle reels to show what the finished product could have looked like. But, alas, Fox passed on what would most definitely have been a R-rated project and the rights have since reverted to Marvel and Disney who are now developing the character as a Netflix series.

But, every now and then, more details emerge regarding Carnahan's vision. The sizzle reels, also embedded below, definitely gave the sense that his DAREDEVIL would have been something special and definitely unique. There is almost zero chance that Disney will fund a movie that dark, but it is nice to consider what could have been.

In an interview with Movie Pilot, Joe Carnahan opened up some more details regarding what his DAREDEVIL trilogy would have been like. Yes, I said trilogy. Carnahan had three distinct themes in mind for the big screen incarnation of The Man Without Fear.

"I was going to do a kind of cultural libretto and make the music of those eras a kind of thematic arc . So the first one would be Classic Rock, the second one would be Punk Rock and the third film would be New Wave."

Setting the films in a period versus making the hero contemporary would absolutely have fit with the feel of the character. Taking the tonal cue from the music of the time would also have been very intriguing to see on the big screen. It would definitely have allowed for the various costume changes over the years to have been incorporated into the eras of 1973, 1979, and 1985 that Carnahan was aiming for.

While a Netflix series may make for a better medium to share the story arcs that make Daredevil great in the comics, I cannot help but feel that these films would have been phenomenal on the big screen. Hopefully Kevin Feige and Disney can realize you cannot water down some characters like Daredevil and Punisher. Maybe someday we will see the DAREDEVIL movie we deserve.

Source: Movie Pilot

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4:31PM on 05/07/2014

Could have been cool...

... but I am confident that Daredevil is in better hands at Marvel Studios. They can totally go dark and gritty since it's on Netflix and they probably know that Daredevil had its best runs under Miller or Bendis. It's not because it's Disney that they can't go dark and brutal. Look at Winter Soldier.
... but I am confident that Daredevil is in better hands at Marvel Studios. They can totally go dark and gritty since it's on Netflix and they probably know that Daredevil had its best runs under Miller or Bendis. It's not because it's Disney that they can't go dark and brutal. Look at Winter Soldier.
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9:44PM on 05/07/2014
Daredevil or no, I want to see Carnahan tackle a '70s crime movie. Between this and his Death Wish movie the man clearly has an appreciation of the period.
Daredevil or no, I want to see Carnahan tackle a '70s crime movie. Between this and his Death Wish movie the man clearly has an appreciation of the period.
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8:51PM on 05/07/2014
The problem wasn't Joe it was Fox, they weren't going to make an R rated superhero movie if they still won't make a R rated Die Hard film.
The problem wasn't Joe it was Fox, they weren't going to make an R rated superhero movie if they still won't make a R rated Die Hard film.
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6:49PM on 05/07/2014
New Wave Daredevil? Okay, that would have been sweet.
I still wish we could have gotten Carnahan's version. Ah, well.
New Wave Daredevil? Okay, that would have been sweet.
I still wish we could have gotten Carnahan's version. Ah, well.
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5:43PM on 05/07/2014
Why couldn't Marvel Knights pick this up and let Lionsgate do the rest?
Why couldn't Marvel Knights pick this up and let Lionsgate do the rest?
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11:53AM on 05/08/2014

Huh?

Fox green lit X-Men First Class set in the 60s, X-Men Days of Future Past set in the 70s and X-Men Apocalypse set in the 80s but they wouldn't do a Daredevil trilogy set in 1973, 1979, and 1985???
Fox green lit X-Men First Class set in the 60s, X-Men Days of Future Past set in the 70s and X-Men Apocalypse set in the 80s but they wouldn't do a Daredevil trilogy set in 1973, 1979, and 1985???
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5:47PM on 05/07/2014
And if I remember correctly, I think Carnahan either wanted Chris Pine or Patrick Wilson to be his Matt Murdock/Daredevil.

I would also love to see him possibly direct a new Punisher film as well.
And if I remember correctly, I think Carnahan either wanted Chris Pine or Patrick Wilson to be his Matt Murdock/Daredevil.

I would also love to see him possibly direct a new Punisher film as well.
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5:45PM on 05/07/2014
I think Carnahan would have done for Daredevil what Nolan did for Batman. It's too bad we'll never see his trilogy. The sizzle reel he put together was pretty badass.
I think Carnahan would have done for Daredevil what Nolan did for Batman. It's too bad we'll never see his trilogy. The sizzle reel he put together was pretty badass.
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3:57PM on 05/07/2014
I do wish for the day that Marvel Studios goes fully independent, so that they can have the freedom to produce projects like this.
I do wish for the day that Marvel Studios goes fully independent, so that they can have the freedom to produce projects like this.
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3:52PM on 05/07/2014
That does sound kind of cool. He should still try it with original material. I agree, Disney probably wouldn't invest in something that dark for their superheroes, but clearly neither would fox.
That does sound kind of cool. He should still try it with original material. I agree, Disney probably wouldn't invest in something that dark for their superheroes, but clearly neither would fox.
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