“Just give me the chance, I would love to be Daredevil.” – Jason Statham
Should comic book superheroes that already made their filmic debut be rebooted and given a second go-‘round on the silver screen? If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the Batman franchise, it’s that the answer to that question is an emphatic YES. It may not be the case that superheroes can always be made better a second time around, but there certainly are a handful of masked crusaders out there who could use a second look, and as Jason Statham and Frank Miller’s recent conversations suggest, Daredevil definitely is one of them.
Statham was at Comic-Con in San Diego promoting Death Race, set for release August 22nd, when writers from The L.A. Times caught him having a beer and chatting up comic icon Frank Miller, who was there to promote The Spirit. Turns out, this British action star is chomping at the bit to play the hero who was last brought to life on the big screen by Ben Affleck and filmmaker Mark Steven Johnson. Although Affleck delivered an admirable performance as both Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil and Colin Farrell’s portrayal of the crazed villain Bullseye was nothing short of memorable and entertaining, Jennifer Garner’s lame and borderline annoying portrayal of Elektra makes the film difficult to sit through, at best.
That’s why we’re so stoked about the possibility of a Miller-Statham collaboration that could infuse some life into the cinematic portrayal of what is actually an extremely interesting comic book superhero (Daredevil gains his “super powers” when he is blinded by radioactive waste, which heightens all of his other senses to astronomical levels). And it sounds like both Frank Miller and Jason Statham are more than excited about pushing another Daredevil project into the works. As one writer from The L.A. Times recounted:
Sitting with Statham and Miller, it was easy to get excited about the idea of another “Daredevil” movie, one that was not a remake as much as it was a new installment. Hey Miller is the man who wrote the “Born Again” story arc in “Daredevil” — there’s plenty he could do with the character in a new movie. Statham said he is eager to work with Miller at some point and that he adores the Daredevil character. I made the mistake of asking Statham if might not make a better Bullseye than Matt Murdock and I thought he might hit me with his pint glass. “Forget Bullseye, I want to be Daredevil!” Miller nodded. “I think he should be Daredevil too.”
What do you think of this purely hypothetical team-up between Jason Statham and Frank Miller?