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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 3, 2008 |

In almost every respect, I am rarely aware of a comic book character until there’s a movie made about him or her, so I can’t knowledgeably write about the merits of Daredevil, the character. I’ve seen the movie, and — save for its inexplicable spin-off, Elektra — I don’t recall a comic-book superhero movie as bad. I am fairly certain, however, that the reasons are twofold: Ben Affleck was laughable in that suit; and Mark Steven Johnson, a director who only avoided inclusion on the Worst Hollywood directors list by virtue of a small resume (Simon Birch, Daredevil, Ghost Rider). But he also wrote Daredevil, and brought the same intelligence, edge, and enthusiasm he brought to his Jack Frost and Grumpy Old Men scripts (in the future, Johnson will likely appear on our worst Hollywood screenwriters list — he is a cinematic booger).

Anyway, 20th Century Fox believes, without Affleck and Johnson in the equation that there’s still some value in the Daredevil franchise, so they’re planning a reboot. “Soon.” No cast, no director, no screenplay have been discussed, but Fox co-chairman Tim Roth — in an interview with IESB — says that he wants someone with like Christopher Nolan, with a genuine vision.

I honestly don’t know how great an idea this is, but I do know that Frank Miller wrote some Daredevil issues at some point, so I suspect there are some dark storylines that can mined. But that whole blindness thing has got to be a hindrance. Whenever I consider Daredevil, I’m always reminded of “Blind Justice,” the very short-lived Steven Bocho cop show. And then I laugh and laugh and laugh.


A Daredevil Reboot?

You Bet Your Ass / Dustin Rowles

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