Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Blog Without Fear Part 1

Most people that know me know that my favorite comic book character is Batman. What a lot of people may not realize is that one of my other favorites is Daredevil. Most of the time when I mention this people give me a dirty look and reference the 2003 movie starring Ben Affleck. Despite its massive flaws, I don’t hate that movie like everyone else. The best way I can describe my feelings on it is that it’s like being in your first band and putting out your first record: It may not be good, but it’s still pretty cool that it got made.

Regardless of one bad movie, the Daredevil comic is the most consistently well written comic out there, even more so than the Dark Knight himself. I don’t think I’ve ever read a flat out bad DD book. So many big name writers have done their best work on Daredevil including Frank Millar, Kevin Smith, Brian Michael Bendis, and Ed Brubaker. With typically more of a crime drama feel than a super hero funny book, the man without fear’s ulter ego, Matt Murdock, is many times just as captivating out of tights as he is in them on the streets of hell’s kitchen. His casts of supporting characters are real people. His issues aren’t just of a super hero nature. More often than not his romantic and personal life is in shambles. Even his super powers don’t seem that far from reality. Just go pick up any DD book ‘cause it’s gonna be good.

20th Century Fox recently announced their plans to reboot the Daredevil movie franchise with a script by David Scarpa (the day the earth stood still remake). Reports reveal that their goal with the relaunch is to make a darker and more grounded film similar in tone to Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, which is exactly the direction they need to take. That and some tips from Law & Order for the courtroom scenes with Matt Murdock and law partner Foggy Nelson.

They have a screenwriter locked in. Great! But who’s gonna direct it? Who’s gonna put on the red tights? Who else is gonna jump on this and show the world that Daredevil is way cooler than a Bennifer 2.0 movie? What names do I wanna see on the poster?

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