They just can’t leave well enough alone, can they? According to a report form Robert over at IESB yesterday, 20th Century Fox co-chairman Tom Rothman is still eyeing a reboot of the Daredevil franchise. As you will remember, the 2003 Daredevil movie directed by Mark Steven Johnson and starring Ben Affleck, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Garner did gross almost $180 million worldwide — which isn’t amazing, but its not shabby for a film that was, by the estimation of many, a complete failure.
On the subject of a reboot, Rothman had this to say to IESB:
“We’ve got all the rights. And yes, I think that the thing the Hulk showed although, it did what it did, is that it is possible, that if you really do it right the audience will give you a second chance. That it is possible. And I think that you see that when they did Batman Begins, the first Nolan movie, that you can have made some mistakes along the way or movies that the audience wasn’t that crazy about and then given the proper amount of time and the right creative vision behind it, you can, to use your word, reboot.”
The other key comment, at least in my mind, that Rothman made to IESB is that “nothing is soon” in the movie business. Of course, he did make it a point to describe a Daredevil reboot as “something we are thinking very seriously about.” As well, he continued, saying that in order for the project to really ever get off the ground, it would take a visionary director, for sure:
“It needs someone, it needs a director, honestly, who has a genuine vision. What we wouldn’t do is just do it for the sake of doing it. Right? What we try to do is to get a creative engine for it, that really had a great vision for it, that’s what we would look for.”
Of course, this is all in reference to the fact that Christopher Nolan was the right visionary director to bring Batman back to the big screen. As well, we have seen a few other instances where the right director has made the difference, including Jon Favreau with Iron Man and Louis Letterrier with The Incredible Hulk. It appears that with superhero movies, the right director is the most pivotal piece — just ask X-Men fans whether they prefer Brian Singer or Brett Ratner.
Do you think that a Daredevil reboot could work? If so, which director do you think could be the right person for the job?