Whether you like it… or not! Oh and 2013 is a speculative date by me. :D Personally I’m a “like it”, as I enjoyed the original film despite how they butchered the comic and animated character I knew… and I’m sorry but you can’t make “The Kingpin” black. Switching a character’s race from their original incarnation (read: Nick Fury of SHIELD as seen in The Avengers… *sigh*) should be an absolutely NO GO.
Although despite that fact, I thought the black Kingpin played by Michael Clarke Duncan was an outstanding portrayal of the character and, taking it for what it was, I thought the Ben Affleck Daredevil movie was a fine and entertaining film. I also thought that Ben Affleck, Michael Duncan, Jennifer Garner as Elektra, and everyone else in the movie did an excellent job with their roles. I enjoyed the film… I still need to get that Director’s Cut version and watch it…
Anyhoo, back to the Daredevil reboot! Fox owns the rights to the Daredevil film franchise (well, it only saw one movie after the original 2003 version “flopped”, although a much-improved Director’s Cut version with over half an hour of deleted scenes was released on home video) and has put David Slade on writing duties to pen the script for the upcoming reboot. Fox is hoping that they will be able to maintain the Daredevil license, as well as the Fantastic Four license they hold. Since, you know, they are still money-printing machines.
This news follows in the wake of Hollywood’s recent love of rebooting film franchises (something I wholeheartedly embrace), which was started by the reboot of The Incredible Hulk with the self-titled movie released in 2008 to much critical acclaim and commercial success after the original Ang Lee-directed “Hulk” (2003) was seen as a flop (I loved that movie as well). The new version, “The Incredible Hulk” had nothing to do with the original “Hulk” and went in a completely new direction with new actors, directors, producers, etc. I highly enjoyed the Hulk reboot as well.
Due to “The Incredible Hulk’s” success, other reboots were revealed. Hollywood had finally figured out that consumers were smart enough to know that a reboot was a reboot and it wouldn’t hurt sales. Spider-Man was announced as getting a reboot (with the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” which hits theaters in July 2012) along with other characters like Superman (whose reboot is still in the works and being directed by “Christopher Nolan” who did Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. It is rumored to be named “The Man of Steel”). It is only natural then that Daredevil should also get the same reboot treatment.
Interesting stuff. Here is a trailer for the original Ben Affleck Daredevil from 2003.
Here is the fight between Ben Affleck as Daredevil and Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin from the 2003 Daredevil film.