When director Joe Carnahan, the man who brought you the incredible nihilistic survival thriller The Grey, was supposedly going to tackle the Daredevil reboot, we paid serious attention. We had no idea that his plans for The Man Without Fear were so striking, so violent, and so… retro. But the badass sizzle reel you're about to see comes at a price: Carnahan has only released the footage (culled mostly from genre classics like The Warriors, iconic panels from the comic book and some carefully chosen shots from Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil) because he's not getting the gig after all.
First Joe Carnahan tweeted, "Think my idea for a certain retro, red-suited, Serpico-styled superhero went up in smoke today kids." Then, "We shall see. Time is NOT on anyone's side." It sounded depressing, but we weren't sure until just a few hours ago, when he finally announced, again via Twitter, "Guys. To clarify. DD pitch was tremendous and everyone flipped for it. The clock ticked down at Fox, that's why it went tits up."
"The clock ticked down" part seems to indicate that Fox has decided, in the end, to let the rights to Daredevil slip away, back into the hands of Marvel Studios. Presumably this also means that Fox is keeping the rights to Galactus and The Silver Surfer, despite some speculation that they might trade the two intergalactic characters in order to hang onto Matt Murdock a little longer. Good news for The Fantastic Four, bad news for Joe Carnahan… unless of course Marvel decides to hand him the reins once more. Then again, it seems unlikely that they would let him continue making this particular version: set in 1973, ultra-violent, even declared "NC-17" by Carnahan himself.
We like it, personally. A street-level hero like Daredevil can work in an isolated universe, particularly if portrayed with a darkness uncharacteristic to most superhero movies. And the idea of a period superhero film is long past its time.
We'll stop yammering. What do you think of Joe Carnahan's Daredevil, anyway? Do you think he really could have got De Niro to play The Kingpin?
CraveOnline will be back with more Daredevil news after we figure where every single shot of this sizzle reel came from.