‘Daredevil’ Reboot Casting & Plot Rumors

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 19th, 2013 at 12:29 pm,

Daredevil reboot in the works with David Slade Daredevil Reboot Casting & Plot Rumors

The Man Without Fear is prepped to return to theaters in Fox’s Daredevil reboot, which David Slade is set to direct. Rumors are already circulating about the film’s plot – which could be based on the work of comic book legend Frank Miller – and what up-and-coming actor may portray the new version of the blind vigilante onscreen.

Miller’s “Born Again” storyline redefined Daredevil during the 1980s – and now Slade may be drawing from that source material as inspiration for the reboot, which is reportedly only in the development stage at this point.

Heat Vision says that Fox is planning for the Daredevil reboot to continue the story begun in director Mark Steven Johnson’s 2003 movie adaptation with Ben Affleck, who is not expected to reprise his role as the titular hero. “Born Again” is a seven-issue arc that chronicles the efforts of the Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan in Johnson’s film) to systematically destroy Matt Murdock’s life after learning he and Daredevil are one and the same.

The conclusion of Johnson’s Daredevil very much paves the way for a variation of Miller’s story to be told, without violating the mythology established in the first film. It also fits with Moviehole‘s report that Slade’s pitch for the reboot is “a bit ‘Batman Begins’. The bad guy will learn who Daredevil really is and tries to destroy him – but not via the usual methods.”

Twilight star Robert Pattinson and TRON: Legacy‘s Garett Hedlund (who are not locked in a “silliest hairdo” competition, despite what the above image would indicate) are already being rumored as potentials to play the new Matt Murdock in Slade’s reboot. Seeing as the project is only in the development stage – and original reboot screenwriter David Scarpa is apparently no longer involved with the new Daredevil movie – both these gentlemen’s potential involvement should be considered purely rumor at this stage.

On the other hand, their rumored involvement would indicate that Fox is aiming to feature a younger Daredevil in the reboot – so someone like The Punisher‘s Thomas Jane or Hitman‘s Timothy Olyphant (or any older actors who’ve already played a deadly, morally-ambiguous protagonist onscreen before) is less likely to follow in Affleck’s footsteps. That would also indicate that Slade’s Daredevil really is being planned as more of a reboot and not a sequel, despite the continuity in storyline.

Daredevil movie reboot Daredevil Reboot Casting & Plot Rumors

Despite the previously-mentioned similarities to Batman Begins, Slade’s planned Daredevil flick is also being described as a “close cousin” to recent comic book movies, possibly meaning the likes of this summer’s Thor and Captain America. Both of those films look to feature lots of stylish action and CGI, but will also be more grounded in real-world mechanics – just not to the same degree as Christopher Nolan’s gritty take on Batman.

Does that mean Slade’s Daredevil project isn’t going the “grittier” route that just about every upcoming reboot claims to be taking? The film may be brutal (or even graphic) in tone (a la Slade’s 30 Days of Night adaptation) but perhaps it won’t deserve the name Daredevil Begins after all. And while Daredevil and Batman are similarly dark, psychologically-tortured heroes, being able to distinguish between their respective franchises would be nice, frankly.

How does the Daredevil reboot sound so far? Good/bad?

Do you think that Darren Aronofsky leaving The Wolverine will have any effect on whether Slade directs Daredevil? (Slade was once up for The Wolverine‘s director’s chair as well.)

Source: THR, Moviehole (via Comic Book Resources)

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  1. All honesty I am 18 years old and I’m the last person you would think would be “in to” this sort of thing TRUST ME but I actually do lik marvel comics just about all of them and DareDevil is an important asset to the story they should definitely start the reboot because daredevil is a character who needs to be with the avengers him and Spider-ma well maybe Spider-Man but definitely daredevil I loved the movie back in 2003 I still love it now it’s a classic for my generation but I will conclude this with a WE WANT MORE DAREDEVIL !

  2. I hope Robert Pattinson does play Daredevil. I would love to see him play an awesome superhero/protagonist. Something dark and violent. It would be awesome to see him get out of his love-story comfort zone.

  3. Instead of “Born Again”, they should do the origin story first.

  4. first things first Robert pattison would not make a good daredevil but i would love to see a reboot i just love the story line

    • Ryan Reynolds he would make a great daredevil

  5. Everybody’s gotta start thinkin a ill’ “outside the box” here. If Daredevil’s going to become a reboot (which DC has actually determined lol, I love it) it’s going to be an origin story, and therefore will hafta be a younger actor…. Everybody keeps saying the same 7 or so actors for all of these graphic novel and comic roles. Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling, Robert Pattinson, Liam Hemsworth etc etc etc. start thinkin outside the frame of hollywood’s pretty boys. Their not gonna cast that square jaw pu**y from hunger games, their gonna get a dude that’s proven his chops in a blockbuster situation who’s also at around age 30 but can pull of 17 if need be. They’ll get Gene Hackman or Morgan Freeman to play a mentor of somekind, then a skrawny blonde for the “love interist” and slap a dopey script to it, and then FOX will f**k up Daredevil (again) the same exact way they’ve been doing their comic films for the past 17 years…. Don’t expect much guys. Daredevil is my only character in Marvel, and I don’t expect too much. What’s scene we’d up in a way, is FOX’s movies have left such bad tastes in my mouth that I don’t even read the comics anymore. DC’s where it’s at ya’ll…..Laters